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Federal 1040x Publication 926 - Main Content Table of Contents Do You Have a Household Employee? Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes?Social Security and Medicare Taxes Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? How Do You Make Tax Payments? What Forms Must You File?Employee who leaves during the year. Federal 1040x Filing options when no return is required. Federal 1040x What Records Must You Keep? Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? How Can You Correct Schedule H?Adjust the overpayment. Federal 1040x Claim for refund process. Federal 1040x How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Do You Have a Household Employee? You have a household employee if you hired someone to do household work and that worker is your employee. Federal 1040x The worker is your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but how it is done. Federal 1040x If the worker is your employee, it does not matter whether the work is full time or part time or that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. Federal 1040x It also does not matter whether you pay the worker on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, or by the job. Federal 1040x Example. Federal 1040x You pay Betty Shore to babysit your child and do light housework 4 days a week in your home. Federal 1040x Betty follows your specific instructions about household and child care duties. Federal 1040x You provide the household equipment and supplies that Betty needs to do her work. Federal 1040x Betty is your household employee. Federal 1040x Household work. Federal 1040x   Household work is work done in or around your home. Federal 1040x Some examples of workers who do household work are: Babysitters, Caretakers, House cleaning workers, Domestic workers, Drivers, Health aides, Housekeepers, Maids, Nannies, Private nurses, and Yard workers. Federal 1040x Workers who are not your employees. Federal 1040x   If only the worker can control how the work is done, the worker is not your employee but is self-employed. Federal 1040x A self-employed worker usually provides his or her own tools and offers services to the general public in an independent business. Federal 1040x   A worker who performs child care services for you in his or her home generally is not your employee. Federal 1040x   If an agency provides the worker and controls what work is done and how it is done, the worker is not your employee. Federal 1040x Example. Federal 1040x You made an agreement with John Peters to care for your lawn. Federal 1040x John runs a lawn care business and offers his services to the general public. Federal 1040x He provides his own tools and supplies, and he hires and pays any helpers he needs. Federal 1040x Neither John nor his helpers are your household employees. Federal 1040x More information. Federal 1040x   More information about who is an employee is in Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. Federal 1040x Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? It is unlawful for you knowingly to hire or continue to employ an alien who cannot legally work in the United States. Federal 1040x When you hire a household employee to work for you on a regular basis, you and the employee must complete the U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Federal 1040x No later than the first day of work, the employee must complete the employee section of the form by providing certain required information and attesting to his or her current work eligibility status in the United States. Federal 1040x You must complete the employer section by examining documents presented by the employee as evidence of his or her identity and employment eligibility. Federal 1040x Acceptable documents to establish identity and employment eligibility are listed on Form I-9. Federal 1040x You should keep the completed Form I-9 in your own records. Federal 1040x Do not submit it to the IRS, the USCIS, or any other government or other entity. Federal 1040x The form must be kept available for review upon notice by an authorized U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Government official. Federal 1040x Two copies of Form I-9 are contained in the Handbook for Employers (Form M-274) published by the USCIS. Federal 1040x Call the USCIS at 1-800-870-3676 to order the Handbook for Employers; or you may download the handbook at www. Federal 1040x uscis. Federal 1040x gov. Federal 1040x If you have questions about the employment eligibility verification process or other immigration-related employment matters, contact the USCIS Office of Business Liaison at 1-800-357-2099. Federal 1040x You also can visit the USCIS website at www. Federal 1040x uscis. Federal 1040x gov to get Form I-9. Federal 1040x For more information, see Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Federal 1040x Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? If you have a household employee, you may need to withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, pay federal unemployment tax, or both. Federal 1040x To find out, read Table 1. Federal 1040x You do not need to withhold federal income tax from your household employee's wages. Federal 1040x But if your employee asks you to withhold it, you can. Federal 1040x See Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax, later. Federal 1040x If you need to pay social security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax or choose to withhold federal income tax, read Table 2 for an overview of what you may need to do. Federal 1040x If you do not need to pay social security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax and do not choose to withhold federal income tax, read State employment taxes, next. Federal 1040x The rest of this publication does not apply to you. Federal 1040x State employment taxes. Federal 1040x   You should contact your state unemployment tax agency to find out whether you need to pay state unemployment tax for your household employee. Federal 1040x For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Department of Labor's website at www. Federal 1040x workforcesecurity. Federal 1040x doleta. Federal 1040x gov/unemploy/agencies. Federal 1040x asp. Federal 1040x You should also determine if you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. Federal 1040x    Table 1. Federal 1040x Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? IF you . Federal 1040x . Federal 1040x . Federal 1040x THEN you need to . Federal 1040x . Federal 1040x . Federal 1040x A– Pay cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014 to any one household employee. Federal 1040x Withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes. Federal 1040x The taxes are 15. Federal 1040x 3%1 of cash wages. Federal 1040x Your employee's share is 7. Federal 1040x 65%1. Federal 1040x   (You can choose to pay it yourself and not withhold it. Federal 1040x ) Your share is 7. Federal 1040x 65%. Federal 1040x   Do not count wages you pay to— Your spouse, Your child under the age of 21, Your parent (see Wages not counted, later, for an exception), or Any employee under the age of 18 at any time in 2014 (see Wages not counted, later, for an exception). Federal 1040x B– Pay total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2013 or 2014 to household employees. Federal 1040x Pay federal unemployment tax. Federal 1040x The tax is 6% of cash wages. Federal 1040x Wages over $7,000 a year per employee are not taxed. Federal 1040x You also may owe state unemployment tax. Federal 1040x   Do not count wages you pay to— Your spouse, Your child under the age of 21, or Your parent. Federal 1040x 1In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Federal 1040x 45%, you must withhold a 0. Federal 1040x 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Federal 1040x You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Federal 1040x Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Federal 1040x There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Federal 1040x All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Federal 1040x Note. Federal 1040x If neither A nor B above applies, you do not need to pay any federal employment taxes. Federal 1040x But you may still need to pay state employment taxes. Federal 1040x Table 2. Federal 1040x Household Employer's Checklist You may need to do the following things when you have a household employee. Federal 1040x   When you hire a household employee: □ Find out if the person can legally work in the United States. Federal 1040x  □ Find out if you need to pay state taxes. Federal 1040x When you pay your household employee: □ Withhold social security and Medicare taxes. Federal 1040x  □ Withhold federal income tax. Federal 1040x  □ Decide how you will make tax payments. Federal 1040x  □ Keep records. Federal 1040x By February 2, 2015: □ Get an employer identification number (EIN). Federal 1040x  □ Give your employee Copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Federal 1040x By March 2, 2015 (March 31, 2015, if you file Form W-2 electronically): □ Send Copy A of Form W-2 to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Federal 1040x By April 15, 2015: □ File Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes, with your 2014 federal income tax return (Form 1040, 1040NR, 1040-SS, or Form 1041). Federal 1040x  If you do not have to file a return, file Schedule H by itself. Federal 1040x Social Security and Medicare Taxes The social security tax pays for old-age, survivors, and disability benefits for workers and their families. Federal 1040x The Medicare tax pays for hospital insurance. Federal 1040x Both you and your household employee may owe social security and Medicare taxes. Federal 1040x Your share is 7. Federal 1040x 65% (6. Federal 1040x 2% for social security tax and 1. Federal 1040x 45% for Medicare tax) of the employee's social security and Medicare wages. Federal 1040x Your employee's share is also 7. Federal 1040x 65% (6. Federal 1040x 2% for social security tax and 1. Federal 1040x 45% for Medicare tax). Federal 1040x In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Federal 1040x 45%, you must withhold a 0. Federal 1040x 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Federal 1040x You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Federal 1040x Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Federal 1040x There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Federal 1040x All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Federal 1040x For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. Federal 1040x gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. Federal 1040x Generally, you can use Table 3 to figure the amount of social security and Medicare taxes to withhold from each wage payment. Federal 1040x You are responsible for payment of your employee's share of the taxes as well as your own. Federal 1040x You can either withhold your employee's share from the employee's wages or pay it from your own funds. Federal 1040x If you decide to pay the employee's share from your own funds, see Not withholding the employee's share, later. Federal 1040x Pay the taxes as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. Federal 1040x Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. Federal 1040x Social security and Medicare wages. Federal 1040x   You figure social security and Medicare taxes on the social security and Medicare wages you pay your employee. Federal 1040x   If you pay your household employee cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014, all cash wages you pay to that employee in 2014 (regardless of when the wages were earned) up to $117,000 are social security wages and all cash wages are Medicare wages. Federal 1040x However, any noncash wages you pay do not count as social security and Medicare wages. Federal 1040x   If you pay the employee less than $1,900 in cash wages in 2014, none of the wages you pay the employee are social security or Medicare wages and neither you nor your employee will owe social security or Medicare tax on those wages. Federal 1040x Cash wages. Federal 1040x   Cash wages include wages you pay by check, money order, etc. Federal 1040x Cash wages do not include the value of food, lodging, clothing, and other noncash items you give your household employee. Federal 1040x However, cash you give your employee in place of these items is included in cash wages. Federal 1040x State disability payments treated as wages. Federal 1040x   Certain state disability plan payments that your household employee may receive are treated as social security and Medicare wages. Federal 1040x For more information about these payments, see the Instructions for Schedule H (Form 1040) and the notice issued by the state. Federal 1040x Wages not counted. Federal 1040x   Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as social security or Medicare wages, even if these wages are $1,900 or more during the year. Federal 1040x Your spouse. Federal 1040x Your child who is under the age of 21. Federal 1040x Your parent. Federal 1040x Exception: Count these wages if both the following conditions apply. Federal 1040x Your parent cares for your child who is either of the following. Federal 1040x Under the age of 18, or Has a physical or mental condition that requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed. Federal 1040x Your marital status is one of the following. Federal 1040x You are divorced and have not remarried, You are a widow or widower, or You are living with a spouse whose physical or mental condition prevents him or her from caring for your child for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed. Federal 1040x An employee who is under the age of 18 at any time during the year. Federal 1040x Exception: Count these wages if providing household services is the employee's principal occupation. Federal 1040x If the employee is a student, providing household services is not considered to be his or her principal occupation. Federal 1040x Also, if your employee's cash wages reach $117,000 (maximum wages subject to social security tax) in 2014, do not count any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year as social security wages to figure social security tax. Federal 1040x Continue to count the employee's cash wages as Medicare wages to figure Medicare tax. Federal 1040x If you provide your employee transit passes to commute to your home, do not count the value of the transit passes (up to $130 per month for 2014) as wages. Federal 1040x A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride on mass transit, such as a bus or train. Federal 1040x If you provide your employee parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home, do not count the value of parking (up to $250 per month for 2014) as wages. Federal 1040x If you reimburse your employee for transit passes or parking, you may be able to exclude the reimbursement amounts. Federal 1040x See Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, for special requirements for this exclusion. Federal 1040x Withholding the employee's share. Federal 1040x   You should withhold the employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes if you expect to pay your household employee cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014. Federal 1040x However, if you prefer to pay the employee's share yourself, see Not withholding the employee's share, later. Federal 1040x   You can withhold the employee's share of the taxes even if you are not sure your employee's cash wages will be $1,900 or more in 2014. Federal 1040x If you withhold the taxes but then actually pay the employee less than $1,900 in cash wages for the year, you should repay the employee. Federal 1040x   Withhold 7. Federal 1040x 65% (6. Federal 1040x 2% for social security tax and 1. Federal 1040x 45% for Medicare tax) from each payment of social security and Medicare wages. Federal 1040x Generally, you can use Table 3 to figure the proper amount to withhold. Federal 1040x You will pay the amount withheld to the IRS with your share of the taxes. Federal 1040x Do not withhold any social security tax after your employee's social security wages for the year reach $117,000. Federal 1040x Table 3. Federal 1040x Employee Social Security (6. Federal 1040x 2%) and Medicare (1. Federal 1040x 45%1) Tax Withholding Table (See Publication 15 (Circular E) for income tax withholding tables. Federal 1040x ) Use this table to figure the amount of social security and Medicare taxes to withhold from each wage payment. Federal 1040x For example, on a wage payment of $180, the employee social security tax is $11. Federal 1040x 16 ($6. Federal 1040x 20 tax on $100 plus $4. Federal 1040x 96 on $80 wages). 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Federal 1040x 20 1. Federal 1040x 45 1In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Federal 1040x 45%, you must withhold a 0. Federal 1040x 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Federal 1040x You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Federal 1040x Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Federal 1040x There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Federal 1040x All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Federal 1040x   If you make an error by withholding too little, you should withhold additional taxes from a later payment. Federal 1040x If you withhold too much, you should repay the employee. Federal 1040x    In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. Federal 1040x 45%, you must withhold a 0. Federal 1040x 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Federal 1040x You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. Federal 1040x Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. Federal 1040x There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. Federal 1040x All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. Federal 1040x For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. Federal 1040x gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. Federal 1040x Example. Federal 1040x On February 13, 2014, Mary Brown hired Jane R. Federal 1040x Oak (who is an unrelated individual over age 18) to care for her child and agreed to pay cash wages of $50 every Friday. Federal 1040x Jane worked for the remainder of the year (a total of 46 weeks). Federal 1040x Mary did not give Jane a Form W-4 to request federal or state tax withholding. Federal 1040x The following is the information Mary will need to complete Schedule H, Form W-2, and Form W-3. Federal 1040x See the completed examples of Form W-2 and Form W-3 for 2014 at the end of this publication. Federal 1040x Total cash wages paid to Jane $2,300. Federal 1040x 00 ($50 x 46 weeks)       Jane's share of:     Social security tax $142. Federal 1040x 60 ($2,300 x 6. Federal 1040x 2% (. Federal 1040x 062))         Medicare tax $33. Federal 1040x 35       ($2,300 x 1. Federal 1040x 45% (. Federal 1040x 0145)) Mary's share of:     Social security tax $142. Federal 1040x 60  ($2,300 x 6. Federal 1040x 2% (. Federal 1040x 062))           Medicare tax $33. Federal 1040x 35  ($2,300 x 1. Federal 1040x 45% (. Federal 1040x 0145)) Amount reported on Form W-2 and Form W-3:   Box 1:Wages, tips $2,300. Federal 1040x 00   Box 4: Social security tax withheld 142. Federal 1040x 60   Box 6: Medicare tax withheld 33. Federal 1040x 35 For information on withholding and reporting federal income taxes, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Federal 1040x Not withholding the employee's share. Federal 1040x   If you prefer to pay your employee's social security and Medicare taxes from your own funds, do not withhold them from your employee's wages. Federal 1040x The social security and Medicare taxes you pay to cover your employee's share must be included in the employee's wages for income tax purposes. Federal 1040x However, they are not counted as social security and Medicare wages or as federal unemployment (FUTA) wages. Federal 1040x Example. Federal 1040x In 2014 you hire a household employee (who is an unrelated individual over age 18) to care for your child and agree to pay cash wages of $100 every Friday. Federal 1040x You expect to pay your employee $1,900 or more for the year. Federal 1040x You decide to pay your employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes from your own funds. Federal 1040x You pay your employee $100 every Friday without withholding any social security or Medicare taxes. Federal 1040x For social security and Medicare tax purposes, your employee's wages each payday are $100. Federal 1040x For each wage payment, you will pay $15. Federal 1040x 30 when you pay the taxes. Federal 1040x This is $7. Federal 1040x 65 ($6. Federal 1040x 20 for social security tax + $1. Federal 1040x 45 for Medicare tax) to cover your employee's share plus $7. Federal 1040x 65 ($6. Federal 1040x 20 for social security tax + $1. Federal 1040x 45 for Medicare tax) for your share. Federal 1040x For income tax purposes, your employee's wages each payday are $107. Federal 1040x 65 ($100 + the $7. Federal 1040x 65 you will pay to cover your employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes). Federal 1040x Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax The federal unemployment tax is part of the federal and state program under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) that pays unemployment compensation to workers who lose their jobs. Federal 1040x Like most employers, you may owe both the federal unemployment tax (the FUTA tax) and a state unemployment tax. Federal 1040x Or, you may owe only the FUTA tax or only the state unemployment tax. Federal 1040x To find out whether you will owe state unemployment tax, contact your state's unemployment tax agency. Federal 1040x For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Department of Labor's website at www. Federal 1040x workforcesecurity. Federal 1040x doleta. Federal 1040x gov/unemploy/agencies. Federal 1040x asp. Federal 1040x You should also find out if you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. Federal 1040x The FUTA tax is 6. Federal 1040x 0% of your employee's FUTA wages. Federal 1040x However, you may be able to take a credit of up to 5. Federal 1040x 4% against the FUTA tax, resulting in a net tax rate of 0. Federal 1040x 6%. Federal 1040x Your credit for 2014 is limited unless you pay all the required contributions for 2014 to your state unemployment fund by April 15, 2015. Federal 1040x The credit you can take for any contributions for 2014 that you pay after April 15, 2015, is limited to 90% of the credit that would have been allowable if the contributions were paid by April 15, 2015. Federal 1040x (If you did not pay all the required contributions for 2013 by April 15, 2014, see Credit for 2013, later. Federal 1040x ) Note. Federal 1040x   If a due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, payments are considered timely if made by the next business day. Federal 1040x The term “legal holiday” means any legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Federal 1040x Pay the tax as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. Federal 1040x Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. Federal 1040x Note. Federal 1040x   The 5. Federal 1040x 4% credit is reduced for wages paid in a credit reduction state. Federal 1040x See the Instructions for Schedule H (Form 1040). Federal 1040x Do not withhold the FUTA tax from your employee's wages. Federal 1040x You must pay it from your own funds. Federal 1040x FUTA wages. Federal 1040x   Figure the FUTA tax on the FUTA wages you pay. Federal 1040x If you pay cash wages to all of your household employees totaling $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2013 or 2014, the first $7,000 of cash wages you pay to each household employee in 2014 is FUTA wages. Federal 1040x (A calendar quarter is January through March, April through June, July through September, or October through December. Federal 1040x ) If your employee's cash wages reach $7,000 during the year, do not figure the FUTA tax on any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year. Federal 1040x For an explanation of cash wages, see the discussion on Social security and Medicare wages under Social Security and Medicare Taxes, earlier. Federal 1040x Wages not counted. Federal 1040x   Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as FUTA wages. Federal 1040x Your spouse. Federal 1040x Your child who is under the age of 21. Federal 1040x Your parent. Federal 1040x Credit for 2013. Federal 1040x   The credit you can take for any state unemployment fund contributions for 2013 that you pay after April 15, 2014, is limited to 90% of the credit that would have been allowable if the contributions were paid on or before April 15, 2014. Federal 1040x Use Worksheet A to figure the credit for late contributions if you paid any state contributions after the due date for filing  Form 1040. Federal 1040x Worksheet A. Federal 1040x Worksheet for Credit for Late Contributions 1. Federal 1040x Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 22   2. Federal 1040x Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 19   3. Federal 1040x Subtract line 2 from line 1. Federal 1040x If zero or less, enter -0-   4. Federal 1040x Enter total contributions paid to the state(s) after the Form 1040 due date   5. Federal 1040x Enter the smaller of line 3 or line 4   6. Federal 1040x Multiply line 5 by . Federal 1040x 90 (90%)   7. Federal 1040x Add lines 2 and 6   8. Federal 1040x Enter the smaller of the amount on line 1 or line 7 here and on Schedule H, line 23   Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? You are not required to withhold federal income tax from wages you pay a household employee. Federal 1040x You should withhold federal income tax only if your household employee asks you to withhold it and you agree. Federal 1040x The employee must give you a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Federal 1040x If you and your employee have agreed to withholding, either of you may end the agreement by letting the other know in writing. Federal 1040x If you agree to withhold federal income tax, you are responsible for paying it to the IRS. Federal 1040x Pay the tax as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. Federal 1040x Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. Federal 1040x Use the income tax withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E) to find out how much to withhold. Federal 1040x Figure federal income tax withholding on wages before you deduct any amounts for other withheld taxes. Federal 1040x Withhold federal income tax from each payment of wages based on the filing status and exemptions shown on your employee's Form W-4. Federal 1040x Publication 15 (Circular E) contains detailed instructions. Federal 1040x Wages. Federal 1040x   Figure federal income tax withholding on both cash and noncash wages you pay. Federal 1040x Measure wages you pay in any form other than cash by the fair market value of the noncash item. Federal 1040x   Do not count as wages any of the following items. Federal 1040x Meals provided to your employee at your home for your convenience. Federal 1040x Lodging provided to your employee at your home for your convenience and as a condition of employment. Federal 1040x Up to $130 per month for 2014 for transit passes you give your employee (or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays for transit passes used to commute to your home if you qualify for this exclusion). Federal 1040x A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride on mass transit, such as a bus or train. Federal 1040x See Publication 15-B for special requirements for this exclusion. Federal 1040x Up to $250 per month for 2014 for the value of parking you provide your employee or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays and substantiates for parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home. Federal 1040x   See Publication 15 (Circular E) for more information on cash and noncash wages. Federal 1040x Paying tax without withholding. Federal 1040x   Any income tax you pay for your employee without withholding it from the employee's wages must be included in the employee's wages for federal income tax purposes. Federal 1040x It also must be included in social security and Medicare wages and in federal unemployment (FUTA) wages. Federal 1040x What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? Certain workers can take the earned income credit (EIC) on their federal income tax return. Federal 1040x This credit reduces their tax or allows them to receive a payment from the IRS. Federal 1040x You also may have to give your employee a notice about the EIC. Federal 1040x Notice about the EIC. Federal 1040x   Copy B of the 2014 Form W-2 has a statement about the EIC on the back. Federal 1040x If you give your employee that copy by February 2, 2015 (as discussed under Form W-2 under What Forms Must You File, later), you do not have to give the employee any other notice about the EIC. Federal 1040x   If you do not give your employee Copy B of the Form W-2, your notice about the EIC can be any of the following items. Federal 1040x A substitute Form W-2 with the same EIC information on the back of the employee's copy that is on Copy B of the Form W-2. Federal 1040x Notice 797, Possible Federal Tax Refund Due to the Earned Income Credit (EIC). Federal 1040x Your own written statement with the same wording as in Notice 797. Federal 1040x If a substitute Form W-2 is given on time but does not have the required EIC information, you must notify the employee within one week of the date the substitute Form W-2 is given. Federal 1040x If Form W-2 is required but is not given on time, you must give the employee Notice 797 or your written statement about the 2014 EIC by February 2, 2015. Federal 1040x If Form W-2 is not required, you must notify the employee by February 7, 2015. Federal 1040x   You must give your household employee a notice about the EIC if you agree to withhold federal income tax from the employee's wages (as discussed earlier under Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax?) and the income tax withholding tables show that no tax should be withheld. Federal 1040x Even if not required, you are encouraged to give the employee a notice about the EIC if his or her 2014 wages are less than $46,997 ($52,427 if married filing jointly). Federal 1040x How Do You Make Tax Payments? When you file your 2014 federal income tax return in 2015, attach Schedule H (Form 1040) to your Form 1040, 1040NR, 1040-SS, or 1041. Federal 1040x Use Schedule H to figure your total household employment taxes (social security, Medicare, FUTA, and withheld federal income taxes). Federal 1040x Add these household employment taxes to your income tax. Federal 1040x Pay the amount due by April 15, 2015. Federal 1040x For more information about using Schedule H, see Schedule H under What Forms Must You File, later. Federal 1040x You can avoid owing tax with your return if you pay enough tax during the year to cover your household employment taxes, as well as your income tax. Federal 1040x You can pay the additional tax in any of the following ways. Federal 1040x Ask your employer to withhold more federal income tax from your wages in 2014. Federal 1040x Ask the payer of your pension or annuity to withhold more federal income tax from your benefits. Federal 1040x Make estimated tax payments for 2014 to the IRS. Federal 1040x Increase your payments if you already make estimated tax payments. Federal 1040x You may be subject to the estimated tax underpayment penalty if you did not pay enough income and household employment taxes during the year. Federal 1040x (See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for information about the underpayment penalty. Federal 1040x ) However, you will not be subject to the penalty if both of the following situations apply to you. Federal 1040x You will not have federal income tax withheld from wages, pensions, or any other payments you receive. Federal 1040x Your income taxes, excluding your household employment taxes, would not be enough to require payment of estimated taxes. Federal 1040x Asking for more federal income tax withholding. Federal 1040x   If you are employed and want more federal income tax withheld from your wages to cover your household employment taxes, give your employer a new Form W-4. Federal 1040x Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each paycheck on line 6. Federal 1040x   If you receive a pension or annuity and want more federal income tax withheld to cover household employment taxes, give the payer a new Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or a similar form provided by the payer). Federal 1040x Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each benefit payment on line 3. Federal 1040x   See Publication 505 to make sure you will have the right amount withheld. Federal 1040x It will help you compare your total expected withholding for 2014 with the combined income tax and employment taxes that you can expect to figure on your 2014 tax return. Federal 1040x Paying estimated tax. Federal 1040x   If you want to make estimated tax payments to cover household employment taxes, get Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. Federal 1040x You can use its payment vouchers to make your payments by check or money order. Federal 1040x You may be able to pay by Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) or credit card. Federal 1040x For details, see the form instructions and visit IRS. Federal 1040x gov. Federal 1040x    You can pay all the employment taxes at once or you can pay them in installments. Federal 1040x If you have already made estimated tax payments for 2014, you can increase your remaining payments to cover the employment taxes. Federal 1040x Estimated tax payments for 2014 are due April 15, June 16, and September 15, 2014, and January 15, 2015. Federal 1040x Payment option for business employers. Federal 1040x   If you own a business as a sole proprietor or your home is on a farm operated for profit, you can choose either of two ways to pay your 2014 household employment taxes. Federal 1040x You can pay them with your federal income tax as previously described, or you can include them with your federal employment tax deposits or other payments for your business or farm employees. Federal 1040x For information on depositing employment taxes, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Federal 1040x   If you pay your household employment taxes with your business or farm employment taxes, you must report your household employment taxes with those other employment taxes on Form 941, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return, Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return, or Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, and on Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return. Federal 1040x See Business employment tax returns, later. Federal 1040x    The deduction that can be taken on Schedules C and F (Form 1040) for wages and employment taxes applies only to wages and taxes paid for business and farm employees. Federal 1040x You cannot deduct the wages and employment taxes paid for your household employees on your Schedule C or F. Federal 1040x More information. Federal 1040x   For more information about paying taxes through federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments, and figuring the estimated tax penalty, see Publication 505. Federal 1040x What Forms Must You File? You must file certain forms to report your household employee's wages and the federal employment taxes for the employee if you pay any of the following wages to the employee. Federal 1040x Social security and Medicare wages. Federal 1040x FUTA wages. Federal 1040x Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Federal 1040x For information on ordering employment tax forms, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Federal 1040x Employer identification number (EIN). Federal 1040x   You must include your employer identification number (EIN) on the forms you file for your household employee. Federal 1040x An EIN is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS. Federal 1040x It is not the same as a social security number. Federal 1040x    You ordinarily will have an EIN if you previously paid taxes for employees, either as a household employer or as a sole proprietor of a business you own. Federal 1040x If you already have an EIN, use that number. Federal 1040x   If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. Federal 1040x Go to IRS. Federal 1040x gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. Federal 1040x You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. Federal 1040x Form W-2. Federal 1040x   File a separate 2014 Form W-2, for each household employee to whom you pay either of the following wages during the year. Federal 1040x Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. Federal 1040x Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Federal 1040x You must complete Form W-2 and give Copies B, C, and 2 to your employee by February 2, 2015. Federal 1040x You must send Copy A of Form W-2 with Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, to the SSA by March 2, 2015 (March 31, 2015, if you file your Form W-2 electronically). Federal 1040x Electronic filing is available to all employers and is free, fast, secure, and offers a later filing deadline. Federal 1040x Visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information website at www. Federal 1040x socialsecurity. Federal 1040x gov/employer for guidelines on filing electronically. Federal 1040x Employee who leaves during the year. Federal 1040x   If an employee stops working for you before the end of 2014, you can file Form W-2 and provide copies to your employee immediately after you make your final payment of wages. Federal 1040x You do not need to wait until 2015. Federal 1040x If the employee asks you for Form W-2, give it to him or her within 30 days after the request or the last wage payment, whichever is later. Federal 1040x Schedule H. Federal 1040x   Use Schedule H to report household employment taxes if you pay any of the following wages to the employee. Federal 1040x Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. Federal 1040x FUTA wages. Federal 1040x Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Federal 1040x File Schedule H with your 2014 federal income tax return by April 15, 2015. Federal 1040x If you get an extension to file your return, the extension also will apply to your Schedule H. Federal 1040x Filing options when no return is required. Federal 1040x   If you are not required to file a 2014 tax return, you have the following two options. Federal 1040x You can file Schedule H by itself. Federal 1040x See the Schedule H instructions for details. Federal 1040x If, besides your household employee, you have other employees for whom you report employment taxes on Form 941, Form 944, or Form 943 and on Form 940, you can include your taxes for your household employee on those forms. Federal 1040x See Business employment tax returns, next. Federal 1040x   Employers having the options listed above include certain tax-exempt organizations that do not have to file a tax return, such as churches that pay a household worker to take care of a minister's home. Federal 1040x Business employment tax returns. Federal 1040x   Do not use Schedule H if you choose to pay the employment taxes for your household employee with business or farm employment taxes. Federal 1040x (See Payment option for business employers, earlier. Federal 1040x ) Instead, include the social security, Medicare, and withheld federal income taxes for the employee on the Form 941 or Form 944 you file for your business or on the Form 943 you file for your farm. Federal 1040x Include the FUTA tax for the employee on your Form 940. Federal 1040x   If you report the employment taxes for your household employee on Form 941, Form 944, or Form 943, file Form W-2 for that employee with the Forms W-2 and Form W-3 for your business or farm employees. Federal 1040x   For information on filing Form 941 or Form 944, see Publication 15 (Circular E). Federal 1040x For information on filing Form 943, see Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. Federal 1040x Both of these publications also provide information about filing Form 940. Federal 1040x What Records Must You Keep? Keep your copies of Schedule H or other employment tax forms you file and related Forms W-2, W-3, and W-4. Federal 1040x You must also keep records to support the information you enter on the forms you file. Federal 1040x If you must file Form W-2, you will need to keep a record of your employee's name, address, and social security number. Federal 1040x Wage and tax records. Federal 1040x   On each payday, you should record the date and amounts of all the following items. Federal 1040x Your employee's cash and noncash wages. Federal 1040x Any employee social security tax you withhold or agree to pay for your employee. Federal 1040x Any employee Medicare tax you withhold or agree to pay for your employee. Federal 1040x Any federal income tax you withhold. Federal 1040x Any state employment taxes you withhold. Federal 1040x Employee's social security number. Federal 1040x   You must keep a record of your employee's name and social security number exactly as they appear on his or her social security card if you pay the employee either of the following. Federal 1040x Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. Federal 1040x Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. Federal 1040x You must ask for your employee's social security number no later than the first day on which you pay the wages. Federal 1040x You may wish to ask for it when you hire your employee. Federal 1040x You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. Federal 1040x The employee may show the card if it is available. Federal 1040x You may, but are not required to, photocopy the card if the employee provides it. Federal 1040x   An employee who does not have a social security number must apply for one on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. Federal 1040x An employee who has lost his or her social security card or whose name is not correctly shown on the card may apply for a replacement card. Federal 1040x    Employees can get Form SS-5 from any Social Security Administration office or by calling 1-800-772-1213. Federal 1040x    You also can download Form SS-5 from the Social Security Administration website at  www. Federal 1040x socialsecurity. Federal 1040x gov/online/ss-5. Federal 1040x pdf. Federal 1040x How long to keep records. Federal 1040x   Keep your employment tax records for at least 4 years after the due date of the return on which you report the taxes or the date the taxes were paid, whichever is later. Federal 1040x Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? If your household employee cares for your dependent who is under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not capable of self-care, you may be able to take an income tax credit against some of your expenses. Federal 1040x To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work. Federal 1040x If you can take the credit, you can include in your qualifying expenses your share of the federal and state employment taxes you pay, as well as the employee's wages. Federal 1040x For information about the credit, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Federal 1040x How Can You Correct Schedule H? If you discover that you made an error on a Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR), the forms used to correct the error depend on whether the Schedule H was attached to another form or whether it was filed by itself. Federal 1040x Schedule H attached to another form. Federal 1040x    If you discover an error on a Schedule H that you previously filed with Form 1040, Form 1040NR, or Form 1040-SS, file Form 1040X, Amended U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Individual Income Tax Return, and attach a corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x If you filed Formulario 1040-PR, file a Form 1040X and attach a corrected Anexo H-PR. Federal 1040x If you discover an error on a Schedule H that you previously filed with Form 1041, U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, file an “amended” Form 1041 and attach a corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x You discovered (that is, ascertained) the error when you had enough information to be able to correct the error. Federal 1040x Write “CORRECTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) and the date you discovered the error in the top margin of your corrected Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR), in dark, bold letters. Federal 1040x In addition, explain the reason for your correction and the date the error was discovered in Part III of Form 1040X or in a statement attached to the amended Form 1041. Federal 1040x Schedule H filed by itself. Federal 1040x   If you discover an error on a Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR) that you filed as a stand-alone return, file another stand-alone Schedule H with the corrected information. Federal 1040x You discovered (that is, ascertained) the error when you had enough information to be able to correct the error. Federal 1040x Write “CORRECTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) and the date you discovered the error in the top margin of your corrected Schedule H (or Anexo H-PR), in dark, bold letters. Federal 1040x In addition, explain the reason for your correction and the date the error was discovered in a statement attached to the corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x If you have an overpayment, also write “ADJUSTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) or “REFUND” (or “REEMBOLSO”) in the top margin, depending on whether you want to adjust your overpayment or claim a refund. Federal 1040x (See Overpayment of tax, later. Federal 1040x ) When to file. Federal 1040x   File a corrected Schedule H when you discover an error on a previously filed Schedule H. Federal 1040x If you are correcting an underpayment, file a corrected Schedule H no later than the due date of your next tax return (generally, April 15 of the following calendar year) after you discover the error. Federal 1040x If you are correcting an overpayment, file a corrected Schedule H within the refund period of limitations (generally 3 years from the date your original form was filed or within 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later). Federal 1040x Underpayment of tax. Federal 1040x   You must pay any underpayment of social security and Medicare taxes by the time you file the corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x Generally, by filing on time and paying by the time you file the return, you will not be charged interest (and will not be subject to failure-to-pay or estimated tax penalties) on the balance due. Federal 1040x However, underreported FUTA taxes will be subject to interest. Federal 1040x Overpayment of tax. Federal 1040x    You may either adjust or claim a refund of an overpayment of social security and Medicare taxes on a previously filed Schedule H. Federal 1040x However, if you are correcting an overpayment and are filing the corrected Schedule H within 90 days of the expiration of the period of limitations, you can only claim a refund of the overpayment. Federal 1040x Adjust the overpayment. Federal 1040x   If the corrected Schedule H is filed with a Form 1040X or an amended Form 1041, adjust your return by indicating on line 22 of the Form 1040X or on line 29a of the Form 1041 that you would like the overpayment applied to your estimated taxes on Form 1040, Form 1040NR, Form 1040-PR, Form 1040-SS, or Form 1041 for the year in which you are filing the corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x If the corrected Schedule H is filed as a stand-alone return, adjust your return by writing “ADJUSTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) in the top margin (in dark, bold letters). Federal 1040x If you adjust your return, you will not receive interest on your overpayment. Federal 1040x If the corrected Schedule H will be filed within 90 days of the expiration of the refund period of limitations, you may not adjust the return and must claim a refund for the overpayment. Federal 1040x You may not adjust your return to correct overpayments of FUTA tax. Federal 1040x Claim for refund process. Federal 1040x   If the corrected Schedule H is filed with a Form 1040X or an amended Form 1041, claim a refund by indicating that you would like the overpayment refunded to you on line 21 of the Form 1040X or line 29b of the Form 1041. Federal 1040x If the corrected Schedule H is filed as a stand-alone return, claim a refund by writing “REFUND” (or “REEMBOLSO”) in the top margin (in dark, bold letters). Federal 1040x You will receive interest on any overpayment refunded, unless the overpayment is for FUTA tax because you were entitled to increased credits for state contributions. Federal 1040x Required repayment or consent. Federal 1040x   If you previously overreported social security and Medicare taxes, you may adjust your overpayment only after you have repaid or reimbursed your employees in the amount of the overcollection of employee tax. Federal 1040x You reimburse your employees by applying the overwithheld amount against taxes to be withheld on future wages. Federal 1040x You may claim a refund for the overpayment only after you have repaid or reimbursed your employees in the amount of the overcollection or you have obtained consents from your employees to file the claim for refund for the employee tax. Federal 1040x Include a statement that you repaid or reimbursed your employees, or obtained their written consents in the case of a claim for refund, in Part III of Form 1040X or in a statement attached to the amended Form 1041 or the stand-alone corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x Filing required Forms W-2 or Forms W-2c. Federal 1040x   Whether you previously underreported tax or overreported tax, you will generally be required to file Form W-2, or their territorial equivalents (if none was previously filed), or Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, to reflect the changes reported on your corrected Schedule H. Federal 1040x Additional Medicare Tax. Federal 1040x   Generally, you may not correct an error in Additional Medicare Tax withholding for wages paid to employees in a prior year unless it is an administrative error. Federal 1040x An administrative error occurs if the amount you entered on Schedule H is not the amount you actually withheld. Federal 1040x For example, if the Additional Medicare Tax actually withheld was incorrectly reported on Schedule H due to a mathematical or transposition error, this would be an administrative error. Federal 1040x   Any underwithheld Additional Medicare Tax must be recovered from employees on or before the last day of the calendar year in which the underwithholding occurred. Federal 1040x Any excess Additional Medicare Tax withholding must be repaid or reimbursed to employees before the end of the calendar year in which it was withheld. Federal 1040x Additional information. Federal 1040x   For more information about correcting errors on a previously filed Schedule H, see page 4 of Form 944-X, Form 944-X: Which process should you use? (substitute “Schedule H” for “Form 944-X”) and the Instructions for Form 944-X (or Formulario 944-X (PR)). Federal 1040x Also, visit IRS. Federal 1040x gov. Federal 1040x How To Get Tax Help Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Federal 1040x Free help with your tax return. Federal 1040x   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Federal 1040x The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Federal 1040x The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Federal 1040x Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Federal 1040x In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Federal 1040x To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Federal 1040x gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Federal 1040x   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Federal 1040x To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Federal 1040x aarp. Federal 1040x org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Federal 1040x For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Federal 1040x gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Federal 1040x Internet. Federal 1040x    IRS. Federal 1040x gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Federal 1040x Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Federal 1040x Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Federal 1040x Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Federal 1040x gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Federal 1040x The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Federal 1040x Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Federal 1040x You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Federal 1040x The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Federal 1040x Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Federal 1040x No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Federal 1040x The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Federal 1040x When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Federal 1040x New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Federal 1040x  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Federal 1040x gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Federal 1040x You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Federal 1040x The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Federal 1040x When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Federal 1040x Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Federal 1040x You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Federal 1040x Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Federal 1040x gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Federal 1040x Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Federal 1040x Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Federal 1040x Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Federal 1040x If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Federal 1040x Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Federal 1040x gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Federal 1040x You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Federal 1040x It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Federal 1040x Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Federal 1040x gov. Federal 1040x Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Federal 1040x gov for more information. Federal 1040x Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Federal 1040x Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Federal 1040x gov. Federal 1040x Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Federal 1040x Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Federal 1040x gov. Federal 1040x Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Federal 1040x gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Federal 1040x Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Federal 1040x Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Federal 1040x gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Federal 1040x An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Federal 1040x Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Federal 1040x gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Federal 1040x If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Federal 1040x Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Federal 1040x Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Federal 1040x Go to IRS. Federal 1040x gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Federal 1040x Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Federal 1040x Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Federal 1040x Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Federal 1040x Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Federal 1040x gov and choose from a variety of options. Federal 1040x Phone. Federal 1040x    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Federal 1040x Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Federal 1040x Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Federal 1040x gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Federal 1040x Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Federal 1040x The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Federal 1040x Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Federal 1040x Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Federal 1040x Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Federal 1040x Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Federal 1040x If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Federal 1040x The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Federal 1040x Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Federal 1040x Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Federal 1040x The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Federal 1040x Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Federal 1040x Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Federal 1040x Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Federal 1040x You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Federal 1040x It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Federal 1040x Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Federal 1040x You should receive your order within 10 business days. Federal 1040x Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Federal 1040x If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Federal 1040x Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Federal 1040x The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Federal 1040x These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Federal 1040x Walk-in. Federal 1040x   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Federal 1040x Products. Federal 1040x You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Federal 1040x Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Federal 1040x Services. Federal 1040x You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Federal 1040x An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Federal 1040x Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Federal 1040x gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Federal 1040x Mail. Federal 1040x   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Federal 1040x You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Federal 1040x Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Federal 1040x Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Federal 1040x The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Federal 1040x Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Federal 1040x   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Federal 1040x We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Federal 1040x You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Federal 1040x You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Federal 1040x   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Federal 1040x Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Federal 1040x Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Federal 1040x Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Federal 1040x We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Federal 1040x   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Federal 1040x   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Federal 1040x If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Federal 1040x Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. Federal 1040x Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Federal 1040x Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Federal 1040x Sample W-2 Form This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Federal 1040x Please click the link to view the image. 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Federal 1040x 2. Federal 1040x   Tax Shelters and Other Reportable Transactions Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Abusive Tax SheltersRules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Investor Reporting Penalties Whether To Invest Introduction Investments that yield tax benefits are sometimes called “tax shelters. Federal 1040x ” In some cases, Congress has concluded that the loss of revenue is an acceptable side effect of special tax provisions designed to encourage taxpayers to make certain types of investments. Federal 1040x In many cases, however, losses from tax shelters produce little or no benefit to society, or the tax benefits are exaggerated beyond those intended. Federal 1040x Those cases are called “abusive tax shelters. Federal 1040x ” An investment that is considered a tax shelter is subject to restrictions, including the requirement that it be disclosed, as discussed later. Federal 1040x Topics - This chapter discusses: Abusive Tax Shelters , Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , Investor Reporting , Penalties , and Whether To Invest . Federal 1040x Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules Form (and Instructions) 8275 Disclosure Statement 8275-R Regulation Disclosure Statement 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions 8886 Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. Federal 1040x Abusive Tax Shelters Abusive tax shelters are marketing schemes involving artificial transactions with little or no economic reality. Federal 1040x They often make use of unrealistic allocations, inflated appraisals, losses in connection with nonrecourse loans, mismatching of income and deductions, financing techniques that do not conform to standard commercial business practices, or mischaracterization of the substance of the transaction. Federal 1040x Despite appearances to the contrary, the taxpayer generally risks little. Federal 1040x Abusive tax shelters commonly involve package deals designed from the start to generate losses, deductions, or credits that will be far more than present or future investment. Federal 1040x Or, they may promise investors from the start that future inflated appraisals will enable them, for example, to reap charitable contribution deductions based on those appraisals. Federal 1040x (But see the appraisal requirements discussed under Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , later. Federal 1040x ) They are commonly marketed in terms of the ratio of tax deductions allegedly available to each dollar invested. Federal 1040x This ratio (or “write-off”) is frequently said to be several times greater than one-to-one. Federal 1040x Because there are many abusive tax shelters, it is not possible to list all the factors you should consider in determining whether an offering is an abusive tax shelter. Federal 1040x However, you should ask the following questions, which might provide a clue to the abusive nature of the plan. Federal 1040x Do the tax benefits far outweigh the economic benefits? Is this a transaction you would seriously consider, apart from the tax benefits, if you hoped to make a profit? Do shelter assets really exist and, if so, are they insured for less than their purchase price? Is there a nontax justification for the way profits and losses are allocated to partners? Do the facts and supporting documents make economic sense? In that connection, are there sales and resales of the tax shelter property at ever increasing prices? Does the investment plan involve a gimmick, device, or sham to hide the economic reality of the transaction? Does the promoter offer to backdate documents after the close of the year? Are you instructed to backdate checks covering your investment? Is your debt a real debt or are you assured by the promoter that you will never have to pay it? Does this transaction involve laundering United States source income through foreign corporations incorporated in a tax haven and owned by United States shareholders? Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Congress has enacted a series of income tax laws designed to halt the growth of abusive tax shelters. Federal 1040x These provisions include the following. Federal 1040x Disclosure of reportable transactions. Federal 1040x   You must disclose information for each reportable transaction in which you participate. Federal 1040x See Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement , later. Federal 1040x   Material advisors with respect to any reportable transaction must disclose information about the transaction on Form 8918, Material Advisor Disclosure Statement. Federal 1040x To determine whether you are a material advisor to a transaction, see the Instructions for Form 8918. Federal 1040x   Material advisors will receive a reportable transaction number for the disclosed reportable transaction. Federal 1040x They must provide this number to all persons to whom they acted as a material advisor. Federal 1040x They must provide the number at the time the transaction is entered into. Federal 1040x If they do not have the number at that time, they must provide it within 60 days from the date the number is mailed to them. Federal 1040x For information on penalties for failure to disclose and failure to maintain lists, see Internal Revenue Code sections 6707, 6707A, and 6708. Federal 1040x Requirement to maintain list. Federal 1040x   Material advisors must maintain a list of persons to whom they provide material aid, assistance, or advice on any reportable transaction. Federal 1040x The list must be available for inspection by the IRS, and the information required to be included on the list generally must be kept for 7 years. Federal 1040x See Regulations section 301. Federal 1040x 6112-1 for more information (including what information is required to be included on the list). Federal 1040x Confidentiality privilege. Federal 1040x   The confidentiality privilege between you and a federally authorized tax practitioner does not apply to written communications made after October 21, 2004, regarding the promotion of your direct or indirect participation in any tax shelter. Federal 1040x Appraisal requirement for donated property. Federal 1040x   If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for an item or group of similar items of donated property, you generally must get a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser and complete and attach section B of Form 8283 to your return. Federal 1040x If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for the donated property, you generally must attach the qualified appraisal to your return. Federal 1040x If you file electronically, see Form 8453, U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and its instructions. Federal 1040x For more information about appraisals, including exceptions, see Publication 561. Federal 1040x Passive activity loss and credit limits. Federal 1040x   The passive activity loss and credit rules limit the amount of losses and credits that can be claimed from passive activities and limit the amount that can offset nonpassive income, such as certain portfolio income from investments. Federal 1040x For more detailed information about determining and reporting income, losses, and credits from passive activities, see Publication 925. Federal 1040x Interest on penalties. Federal 1040x   If you are assessed an accuracy-related or civil fraud penalty (as discussed under Penalties , later), interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including any extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. Federal 1040x Accounting method restriction. Federal 1040x   Tax shelters generally cannot use the cash method of accounting. Federal 1040x Uniform capitalization rules. Federal 1040x   The uniform capitalization rules generally apply to producing property or acquiring it for resale. Federal 1040x Under those rules, the direct cost and part of the indirect cost of the property must be capitalized or included in inventory. Federal 1040x For more information, see Publication 538. Federal 1040x Denial of deduction for interest on an underpayment due to a reportable transaction. Federal 1040x   You cannot deduct any interest you paid or accrued on any part of an underpayment of tax due to an understatement arising from a reportable transaction (discussed later) if the relevant facts affecting the tax treatment of the item are not adequately disclosed. Federal 1040x This rule applies to reportable transactions entered into in tax years beginning after October 22, 2004. Federal 1040x Authority for Disallowance of Tax Benefits The IRS has published guidance concluding that the claimed tax benefits of various abusive tax shelters should be disallowed. Federal 1040x The guidance is the conclusion of the IRS on how the law is applied to a particular set of facts. Federal 1040x Guidance is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin for taxpayers' information and also for use by IRS officials. Federal 1040x So, if your return is examined and an abusive tax shelter is identified and challenged, published guidance dealing with that type of shelter, which disallows certain claimed tax shelter benefits, could serve as the basis for the examining official's challenge of the tax benefits you claimed. Federal 1040x In such a case, the examiner will not compromise even if you or your representative believes you have authority for the positions taken on your tax return. Federal 1040x The courts have generally been unsympathetic to taxpayers involved in abusive tax shelter schemes and have ruled in favor of the IRS in the majority of the cases in which these shelters have been challenged. Federal 1040x Investor Reporting You may be required to file a reportable transaction disclosure statement. Federal 1040x Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement Use Form 8886 to disclose information for each reportable transaction (discussed later) in which you participated. Federal 1040x Generally, you must attach Form 8886 to your return for each tax year in which you participated in the transaction. Federal 1040x Under certain circumstances, a transaction must be disclosed within 90 days of the transaction being identified as a listed transaction or a transaction of interest (discussed later). Federal 1040x In addition, for the first year Form 8886 is attached to your return, you must send a copy of the form to: Internal Revenue Service OTSA Mail Stop 4915 1973 North Rulon White Blvd. Federal 1040x  Ogden, UT 84404 If you file your return electronically, the copy sent to OTSA must show exactly the same information, word for word, provided with the electronically filed return and it must be provided on the official IRS Form 8886 or an exact copy of the form. Federal 1040x If you use a computer-generated or substitute Form 8886, it must be an exact copy of the official IRS form. Federal 1040x If you fail to file Form 8886 as required or fail to include any required information on the form, you may have to pay a penalty. Federal 1040x See Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction , later under Penalties. Federal 1040x The following discussion briefly describes reportable transactions. Federal 1040x For more details, see the Instructions for Form 8886. Federal 1040x Reportable transaction. Federal 1040x   A reportable transaction is any of the following. Federal 1040x A listed transaction. Federal 1040x A confidential transaction. Federal 1040x A transaction with contractual protection. Federal 1040x A loss transaction. Federal 1040x A transaction of interest entered into after November 1, 2006. Federal 1040x Note. Federal 1040x Transactions with a brief asset holding period were removed from the definition of reportable transaction for transactions entered into after August 2, 2007. Federal 1040x Listed transaction. Federal 1040x   A listed transaction is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions the IRS has determined to be a tax-avoidance transaction. Federal 1040x These transactions have been identified in notices, regulations, and other published guidance issued by the IRS. Federal 1040x For a list of existing guidance, see Notice 2009-59 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2009-31, available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2009-31_IRB/ar07. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Confidential transaction. Federal 1040x   A confidential transaction is offered to you under conditions of confidentiality and for which you have paid an advisor a minimum fee. Federal 1040x A transaction is offered under conditions of confidentiality if the advisor who is paid the fee places a limit on your disclosure of the tax treatment or tax structure of the transaction and the limit protects the confidentiality of the advisor's tax strategies. Federal 1040x The transaction is treated as confidential even if the conditions of confidentiality are not legally binding on you. Federal 1040x Transaction with contractual protection. Federal 1040x   Generally, a transaction with contractual protection is one in which you or a related party has the right to a full or partial refund of fees if all or part of the intended tax consequences of the transaction are not sustained, or a transaction for which the fees are contingent on your realizing the tax benefits from the transaction. Federal 1040x For information on exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2007-20 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-7, available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2007-07_IRB/ar15. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Loss transaction. Federal 1040x   For individuals, a loss transaction is one that results in a deductible loss if the gross amount of the loss is at least $2 million in a single tax year or $4 million in any combination of tax years. Federal 1040x A loss from a foreign currency transaction under Internal Revenue Code section 988 is a loss transaction if the gross amount of the loss is at least $50,000 in a single tax year, whether or not the loss flows through from an S corporation or partnership. Federal 1040x   Certain losses (such as losses from casualties, thefts, and condemnations) are excepted from this category and do not have to be reported on Form 8886. Federal 1040x For information on other exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2004-66 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2004-50, as modified and superseded by Revenue Procedure 2013-11, (or future published guidance) available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2004-50_IRB/ar11. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Transaction of interest. Federal 1040x   A transaction of interest is a transaction entered into after November 1, 2006, that is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions that the IRS has identified by notice, regulation, or other form of published guidance as a transaction of interest. Federal 1040x The IRS has identified the following transactions of interest. Federal 1040x “Toggling” grantor trusts as described in Notice 2007-73, 2007-36 I. Federal 1040x R. Federal 1040x B. Federal 1040x 545, available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2007-36_IRB/ar20. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Certain transactions involving contributions of a successor member interest in a limited liability company as described in Notice 2007-72, 2007-36 I. Federal 1040x R. Federal 1040x B. Federal 1040x 544, available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2007-36_IRB/ar19. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Certain transactions involving the sale or other disposition of all interests in a charitable remainder trust and claiming little or no taxable gain as described in Notice 2008-99, 2008-47 I. Federal 1040x R. Federal 1040x B. Federal 1040x 1194, available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2008-47_IRB/ar11. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Certain transactions involving a U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x taxpayer owning controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) that hold stock of a lower-tier CFC through a domestic partnership to avoid reporting income as described in Notice 2009-7, 2009-3 I. Federal 1040x R. Federal 1040x B. Federal 1040x 312, available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2009-03_IRB/ar10. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x   For updates to this list, go to www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/Businesses/Corporations/Abusive-Tax-Shelters-and-Transactions. Federal 1040x Penalties Investing in an abusive tax shelter may lead to substantial expenses. Federal 1040x First, the promoter generally charges a substantial fee. Federal 1040x If your return is examined by the IRS and a tax deficiency is determined, you will be faced with payment of more tax, interest on the underpayment, possibly a 20%, 30%, or even 40% accuracy-related penalty, or a 75% civil fraud penalty. Federal 1040x You may also be subject to the penalty for failure to pay tax. Federal 1040x These penalties are explained in the following paragraphs. Federal 1040x Accuracy-related penalties. Federal 1040x   An accuracy-related penalty of 20% can be imposed for underpayments of tax due to: Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations, Substantial understatement of tax, Substantial valuation misstatement (increased to 40% for gross valuation misstatement), Transaction lacking economic substance (increased to 40% for undisclosed transaction lacking economic substance), or Undisclosed foreign financial asset understatement (40% in all cases). Federal 1040x Except for a transaction lacking economic substance, this penalty will not be imposed if you can show you had reasonable cause for any understatement of tax and that you acted in good faith. Federal 1040x Your failure to disclose a reportable transaction is a strong indication that you failed to act in good faith. Federal 1040x   If you are charged an accuracy-related penalty, interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. Federal 1040x   The 20% penalties do not apply to any underpayment attributable to a reportable transaction understatement subject to an accuracy-related penalty (discussed later). Federal 1040x Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Federal 1040x   The penalty for negligence or disregard of rules or regulations is imposed only on the part of the underpayment due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Federal 1040x The penalty will not be charged if you can show you had reasonable cause for understating your tax and that you acted in good faith. Federal 1040x    Negligence includes any failure to make a reasonable attempt to comply with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal 1040x It also includes any failure to keep adequate books and records. Federal 1040x A return position that has a reasonable basis is not negligence. Federal 1040x   Disregard includes any careless, reckless, or intentional disregard of rules or regulations. Federal 1040x   The penalty for disregard of rules and regulations can be avoided if all the following are true. Federal 1040x You keep adequate books and records. Federal 1040x You have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Federal 1040x You make an adequate disclosure of your position. Federal 1040x Use Form 8275 to make your disclosure and attach it to your return. Federal 1040x To disclose a position contrary to a regulation, use Form 8275-R. Federal 1040x Use Form 8886 to disclose a reportable transaction (discussed earlier). Federal 1040x Substantial understatement of tax. Federal 1040x   An understatement is considered to be substantial if it is more than the greater of: 10% of the tax required to be shown on the return, or $5,000. Federal 1040x An “understatement” is the amount of tax required to be shown on your return for a tax year minus the amount of tax shown on the return, reduced by any rebates. Federal 1040x The term “rebate” generally means a decrease in the tax shown on your original return as the result of your filing an amended return or claim for refund. Federal 1040x   For items other than tax shelters, you can file Form 8275 or Form 8275-R to disclose items that could cause a substantial understatement of income tax. Federal 1040x In that way, you can avoid the substantial understatement penalty if you have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Federal 1040x Disclosure of the tax shelter item on a tax return does not reduce the amount of the understatement. Federal 1040x   Also, the understatement penalty will not be imposed if you can show there was reasonable cause for the underpayment caused by the understatement and that you acted in good faith. Federal 1040x An important factor in establishing reasonable cause and good faith will be the extent of your effort to determine your proper tax liability under the law. Federal 1040x Substantial valuation misstatement. Federal 1040x   In general, you are liable for a 20% penalty for a substantial valuation misstatement if all the following are true. Federal 1040x The value or adjusted basis of any property claimed on the return is 150% or more of the correct amount. Federal 1040x You underpaid your tax by more than $5,000 because of the misstatement. Federal 1040x You cannot establish that you had reasonable cause for the underpayment and that you acted in good faith. Federal 1040x   You may be assessed a penalty of 40% for a gross valuation misstatement. Federal 1040x If you misstate the value or the adjusted basis of property by 200% or more of the amount determined to be correct, you will be assessed a penalty of 40%, instead of 20%, of the amount you underpaid because of the gross valuation misstatement. Federal 1040x The penalty rate is also 40% if the property's correct value or adjusted basis is zero. Federal 1040x Transaction lacking economic substance. Federal 1040x   The economic substance doctrine only applies to an individual that entered into a transaction in connection with a trade or business or an activity engaged in for the production of income. Federal 1040x For transactions entered into after March 30, 2010, a transaction has economic substance for you as an individual taxpayer only if: The transaction changes your economic position in a meaningful way (apart from federal income tax effects), or You have a substantial purpose (apart from federal income tax effects) for entering into the transaction. Federal 1040x   For purposes of determining whether economic substance exists, a transaction's profit potential will only be taken into account if the present value of the reasonably expected pre-tax profit from the transaction is substantial compared to the present value of the expected net tax benefits that would be allowed if the transaction were respected. Federal 1040x   If any part of your underpayment is due to any disallowance of claimed tax benefits by reason of a transaction lacking economic substance or failing to meet the requirements of any similar rule of law, that part of your underpayment will be subject to the 20% accuracy-related penalty even if you had a reasonable cause and acted in good faith concerning that part. Federal 1040x   Additionally, the penalty increases to 40% if you do not adequately disclose on your return or in a statement attached to your return the relevant facts affecting the tax treatment of a transaction that lacks economic substance. Federal 1040x Relevant facts include any facts affecting the tax treatment of the transaction. Federal 1040x    Any excessive amount of an erroneous claim for an income tax refund or credit (other than a refund or credit related to the earned income credit) that results from a transaction found to be lacking economic substance will not be treated as having a reasonable basis and could be subject to a 20% penalty. Federal 1040x Undisclosed foreign financial asset understatement. Federal 1040x   For tax years beginning after March 18, 2010, you may be liable for a 40% penalty for an understatement of your tax liability due to an undisclosed foreign financial asset. Federal 1040x An undisclosed foreign financial asset is any asset for which an information return, required to be provided under Internal Revenue Code section 6038, 6038B, 6038D, 6046A, or 6048 for any taxable year, is not provided. Federal 1040x The penalty applies to any part of an underpayment related to the following undisclosed foreign financial assets. Federal 1040x Any foreign business you control, reportable on Form 5471, Information Return of U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Persons With Respect To Certain Foreign Corporations, or Form 8865, Return of U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships. Federal 1040x Certain transfers of property to a foreign corporation or partnership, reportable on Form 926, Return by a U. Federal 1040x S. Federal 1040x Transferor of Property to a Foreign Corporation, or certain distributions to a foreign person, reportable on Form 8865. Federal 1040x Your ownership interest in certain foreign financial assets, temporarily reportable on Form 8275 or 8275-R. Federal 1040x    Instead of, or in addition to, Form 8275 or 8275-R, you may have to file Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, with your tax return. Federal 1040x See the Instructions for Form 8938 for details. Federal 1040x    Your acquisition, disposition, or substantial change in ownership interest in a foreign partnership, reportable on Form 8865. Federal 1040x Creation or transfer of money or property to certain foreign trusts, reportable on Form 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts. Federal 1040x Penalty for incorrect appraisals. Federal 1040x   The person who prepares an appraisal of the value of property may have to pay a penalty if: He or she knows, or reasonably should have known, that the appraisal would be used in connection with a return or claim for refund; and The claimed value of the property on a return or claim for refund based on that appraisal results in a substantial valuation misstatement or a gross valuation misstatement as discussed earlier. Federal 1040x For details on the penalty amount and exceptions, see Publication 561. Federal 1040x Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction. Federal 1040x   If you fail to include any required information regarding a reportable transaction (discussed earlier) on a return or statement, you may have to pay a penalty of 75% of the decrease in tax shown on your return as a result of such transaction (or that would have resulted if the transaction were respected for federal tax purposes). Federal 1040x For an individual, the minimum penalty is $5,000 and the maximum is $10,000 (or $100,000 for a listed transaction). Federal 1040x This penalty is in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed. Federal 1040x   The IRS may rescind or abate the penalty for failing to disclose a reportable transaction under certain limited circumstances but cannot rescind the penalty for failing to disclose a listed transaction. Federal 1040x For information on rescission, see Revenue Procedure 2007-21 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-9 available at www. Federal 1040x irs. Federal 1040x gov/irb/2007-09_IRB/ar12. Federal 1040x html. Federal 1040x Accuracy-related penalty for a reportable transaction understatement. Federal 1040x   If you have a reportable transaction understatement, you may have to pay a penalty equal to 20% of the amount of that understatement. Federal 1040x This applies to any item due to a listed transaction or other reportable transaction with a significant purpose of avoiding or evading federal income tax. Federal 1040x The penalty is 30% rather than 20% for the part of any reportable transaction understatement if the transaction was not properly disclosed. Federal 1040x You may not have to pay the 20% penalty if you meet the strengthened reasonable cause and good faith exception. Federal 1040x The reasonable cause and good faith exception does not apply to any part of a reportable transaction understatement attributable to one or more transactions that lack economic substance. Federal 1040x   This penalty does not apply to the part of an understatement on which the fraud penalty, gross valuation misstatement penalty, or penalty for nondisclosure of noneconomic substance transactions is imposed. Federal 1040x Civil fraud penalty. Federal 1040x   If any underpayment of tax on your return is due to fraud, a penalty of 75% of the underpayment will be added to your tax. Federal 1040x Joint return. Federal 1040x   The fraud penalty on a joint return applies to a spouse only if some part of the underpayment is due to the fraud of that spouse. Federal 1040x Failure to pay tax. Federal 1040x   If a deficiency is assessed and is not paid within 10 days of the demand for payment, an investor can be penalized with up to a 25% addition to tax if the failure to pay continues. Federal 1040x Whether To Invest In light of the adverse tax consequences and the substantial amount of penalties and interest that will result if the claimed tax benefits are disallowed, you should consider tax shelter investments carefully and seek competent legal and financial advice. Federal 1040x Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications