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Federal tax form 1040 27. Federal tax form 1040   Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Federal tax form 1040 Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed Reimbursements Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping What's New Standard mileage rate. Federal tax form 1040  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, is 56½ cents per mile. Federal tax form 1040 For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted. Federal tax form 1040 Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Federal tax form 1040 To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education . Federal tax form 1040 If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Federal tax form 1040 See chapter 28. Federal tax form 1040 If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Federal tax form 1040 Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits (see chapter 35). Federal tax form 1040 You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed earlier. Federal tax form 1040 Also, keep in mind that your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Federal tax form 1040 Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Federal tax form 1040 When you figure your taxes, you may want to compare these tax benefits so you can choose the method(s) that give you the lowest tax liability. Federal tax form 1040 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 970 Tax Benefits for Education Form (and Instructions) 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Federal tax form 1040 This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Federal tax form 1040 The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Federal tax form 1040 The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Federal tax form 1040 The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Federal tax form 1040 However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Federal tax form 1040 Use Figure 27-A, later, as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Federal tax form 1040 Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. Federal tax form 1040 This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Federal tax form 1040 It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Federal tax form 1040 See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Federal tax form 1040 Example. Federal tax form 1040 You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Federal tax form 1040 Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Federal tax form 1040 If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. Federal tax form 1040 Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Federal tax form 1040 This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Federal tax form 1040 Example. Federal tax form 1040 You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Federal tax form 1040 To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Federal tax form 1040 These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Federal tax form 1040 Maintaining skills vs. Federal tax form 1040 qualifying for new job. Federal tax form 1040   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 Education during temporary absence. Federal tax form 1040   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Federal tax form 1040 Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Federal tax form 1040 Example. Federal tax form 1040 You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for one year. Federal tax form 1040 If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. Federal tax form 1040 Education during indefinite absence. Federal tax form 1040   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. Federal tax form 1040 Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. Federal tax form 1040 Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. Federal tax form 1040 This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. Federal tax form 1040 You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. Federal tax form 1040 Example 1. Federal tax form 1040 You are a full-time engineering student. Federal tax form 1040 Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part-time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. Federal tax form 1040 Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. Federal tax form 1040 The education is not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 Example 2. Federal tax form 1040 You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. Federal tax form 1040 Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. Federal tax form 1040 These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. Federal tax form 1040 Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. Federal tax form 1040 The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. Federal tax form 1040 If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. Federal tax form 1040 The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. Federal tax form 1040 You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. Federal tax form 1040 You have tenure. Federal tax form 1040 Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. Federal tax form 1040 You have a vote in faculty decisions. Federal tax form 1040 Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. Federal tax form 1040 Example 1. Federal tax form 1040 The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. Federal tax form 1040 In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. Federal tax form 1040 If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. Federal tax form 1040 However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. Federal tax form 1040 Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. Federal tax form 1040 If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. Federal tax form 1040 The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 Figure 27-A Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify? Please click here for the text description of the image. Federal tax form 1040 Figure 27-A. Federal tax form 1040 Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify?" Example 2. Federal tax form 1040 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. Federal tax form 1040 The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. Federal tax form 1040 Example 3. Federal tax form 1040 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. Federal tax form 1040 The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. Federal tax form 1040 Example 4. Federal tax form 1040 You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. Federal tax form 1040 At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. Federal tax form 1040 The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. Federal tax form 1040 Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. Federal tax form 1040 You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. Federal tax form 1040 The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 Certification in a new state. Federal tax form 1040   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. Federal tax form 1040 This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. Federal tax form 1040 Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. Federal tax form 1040 Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 Example. Federal tax form 1040 You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. Federal tax form 1040 You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. Federal tax form 1040 You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. Federal tax form 1040 These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. Federal tax form 1040 Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 Example 1. Federal tax form 1040 You are an accountant. Federal tax form 1040 Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Federal tax form 1040 You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Federal tax form 1040 Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. Federal tax form 1040 Example 2. Federal tax form 1040 You are a general practitioner of medicine. Federal tax form 1040 You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Federal tax form 1040 The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Federal tax form 1040 It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Federal tax form 1040 Example 3. Federal tax form 1040 While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Federal tax form 1040 The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Federal tax form 1040 The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Federal tax form 1040 It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Federal tax form 1040 Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Federal tax form 1040 Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Federal tax form 1040 A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Federal tax form 1040 Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Federal tax form 1040 Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Federal tax form 1040 Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Federal tax form 1040 Classroom teacher to school administrator. Federal tax form 1040 What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education , you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. Federal tax form 1040 If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Federal tax form 1040 You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Federal tax form 1040 Deductible expenses. Federal tax form 1040   The following education expenses can be deducted. Federal tax form 1040 Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Federal tax form 1040 Certain transportation and travel costs. Federal tax form 1040 Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Federal tax form 1040 Nondeductible expenses. Federal tax form 1040   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Federal tax form 1040 For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Federal tax form 1040 This amount is a personal expense. Federal tax form 1040 Unclaimed reimbursement. Federal tax form 1040   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. Federal tax form 1040 Example. Federal tax form 1040 Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Federal tax form 1040 You do not file a voucher, and you do not get reimbursed. Federal tax form 1040 Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Federal tax form 1040 Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Federal tax form 1040 If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. Federal tax form 1040 Temporary basis. Federal tax form 1040   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Federal tax form 1040 Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Federal tax form 1040 Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Federal tax form 1040 Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Federal tax form 1040 Note. Federal tax form 1040 If you are in either situation (1) or (2), your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Federal tax form 1040 Attendance not on a temporary basis. Federal tax form 1040   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Federal tax form 1040 Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Federal tax form 1040 It does not matter how long you actually attend. Federal tax form 1040 Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Federal tax form 1040 Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Federal tax form 1040 Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. Federal tax form 1040 This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Federal tax form 1040 Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Federal tax form 1040 Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Federal tax form 1040 Example 1. Federal tax form 1040 You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Federal tax form 1040 You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Federal tax form 1040 Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Federal tax form 1040 This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Federal tax form 1040 Example 2. Federal tax form 1040 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Federal tax form 1040 You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Federal tax form 1040 Example 3. Federal tax form 1040 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Federal tax form 1040 Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Federal tax form 1040 Example 4. Federal tax form 1040 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Federal tax form 1040 Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Federal tax form 1040 If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Federal tax form 1040 If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. Federal tax form 1040 Using your car. Federal tax form 1040   If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. Federal tax form 1040 The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013 is 56½ cents per mile. Federal tax form 1040 Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Federal tax form 1040 See chapter 26 for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Federal tax form 1040 Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Federal tax form 1040 For more information, see chapter 26. Federal tax form 1040 You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities, such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Federal tax form 1040 Mainly personal travel. Federal tax form 1040   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Federal tax form 1040 You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Federal tax form 1040   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Federal tax form 1040 An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Federal tax form 1040 If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. Federal tax form 1040 Example 1. Federal tax form 1040 John works in Newark, New Jersey. Federal tax form 1040 He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Federal tax form 1040 His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Federal tax form 1040 While there, he took a sight-seeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Federal tax form 1040 Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Federal tax form 1040 He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Federal tax form 1040 He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Federal tax form 1040 Example 2. Federal tax form 1040 Sue works in Boston. Federal tax form 1040 She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Federal tax form 1040 The course is qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Federal tax form 1040 She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Federal tax form 1040 Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Federal tax form 1040 Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Federal tax form 1040 She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Federal tax form 1040 She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Federal tax form 1040 Example 3. Federal tax form 1040 Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Federal tax form 1040 The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Federal tax form 1040 The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Federal tax form 1040 Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Federal tax form 1040 He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Federal tax form 1040 Cruises and conventions. Federal tax form 1040   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Federal tax form 1040 Even if the seminars or courses are work-related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Federal tax form 1040 This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Federal tax form 1040   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Federal tax form 1040 50% limit on meals. Federal tax form 1040   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Federal tax form 1040 You cannot have been reimbursed for the meals. Federal tax form 1040   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Federal tax form 1040 Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Federal tax form 1040 Example. Federal tax form 1040 You are a French language teacher. Federal tax form 1040 While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. Federal tax form 1040 You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. Federal tax form 1040 You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. Federal tax form 1040 This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. Federal tax form 1040 No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. Federal tax form 1040 Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, the tuition and fees deduction (see chapter 35). Federal tax form 1040 Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Federal tax form 1040 See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses , next. Federal tax form 1040 Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. Federal tax form 1040 You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Federal tax form 1040 For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 970. Federal tax form 1040 Tax-free educational assistance includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of Pell grants (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11 of Publication 970), Veterans' educational assistance (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received for education assistance. Federal tax form 1040 Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. Federal tax form 1040   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Federal tax form 1040   Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. Federal tax form 1040 Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. Federal tax form 1040 There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. Federal tax form 1040 You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. Federal tax form 1040 For information on how to treat reimbursements under both accountable and nonaccountable plans, see Reimbursements in chapter 26. Federal tax form 1040 Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report business expenses differently. Federal tax form 1040 The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Federal tax form 1040 Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C, C-EZ, or F). Federal tax form 1040 If your educational expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. Federal tax form 1040 See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Federal tax form 1040 Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. Federal tax form 1040 If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Federal tax form 1040 If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Federal tax form 1040 In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Federal tax form 1040 (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Federal tax form 1040 ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Federal tax form 1040 See chapter 28. Federal tax form 1040 Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Federal tax form 1040   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Federal tax form 1040 Form not required. Federal tax form 1040   Do not complete either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ if: If amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2, are not considered reimbursements, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Federal tax form 1040   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Federal tax form 1040 (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Federal tax form 1040 ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Federal tax form 1040   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Federal tax form 1040 Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. Federal tax form 1040   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Federal tax form 1040 Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. Federal tax form 1040 Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24. Federal tax form 1040 You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Federal tax form 1040 You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction, even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Federal tax form 1040 For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Federal tax form 1040 Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Federal tax form 1040 They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Federal tax form 1040 To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Federal tax form 1040 For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Federal tax form 1040 Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Federal tax form 1040 Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. 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Understanding Your CP05A Notice

We are examining your return and we need documentation to verify the following:

  • Your income
  • The withholding you reported on your income and social security benefits
  • The tax credits you claimed
  • The household help you claimed
  • Your business income.

We are holding your refund pending the results of the examination.


What you need to do

  • Read the notice carefully. It explains the information you must send to us.
  • Provide copies of the documentation we request to verify the items that we are auditing.
  • Tear off the voucher on the last page of this notice and attach it to the documents you are submitting.
  • Send the requested information within 30 days from the date of this notice to the address shown on the notice.

You may want to

  • Review this notice with your tax preparer.
  • If you are experiencing economic harm, believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, you may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) assistance. You can reach them at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TTD 1-800-829-4059.

Answers to Common Questions

Why is my return being reviewed?
While most returns are accepted as filed, some are selected for examination. The IRS examines some federal tax returns to determine if income, expenses, and credits are being reported accurately. The IRS selects returns for examination using various methods which include random sampling, computerized screening, and comparison of information received by the IRS such as Forms W-2 and 1099. Having your return selected for examination does not suggest that you made an error or were dishonest.

What if I did not file a tax return claiming the items you are questioning and someone else is using my name and social security number?
Send us a completed and signed Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. You can download this form online at www.irs.gov. You can also refer to the IRS Identity Theft resource page for more information.


Tips for next year

  • Review all of your income and withholding documents for completeness and review your return to make sure you are eligible to claim all income, credits and business income that you reported
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 19-Feb-2014

How to get help

  • Call the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
     

The Federal Tax Form 1040

Federal tax form 1040 Publication 947 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Practitioners' Hotline IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Federal tax form 1040 Tax questions. Federal tax form 1040 Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New Registered tax return preparers. Federal tax form 1040  Registered tax return preparers may prepare and sign as the preparer tax returns and claims for refund and other documents for submission to the IRS. Federal tax form 1040 They may also represent taxpayers before revenue agents, customer service representatives, and similar IRS employees during an examination if they signed the return or claim for refund for the tax year or period under examination. Federal tax form 1040 Future developments. Federal tax form 1040  The IRS has created a page on IRS. Federal tax form 1040 gov for information about Publication 947 at www. Federal tax form 1040 irs. Federal tax form 1040 gov/pub947. Federal tax form 1040 Information about any future developments (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. Federal tax form 1040 Practitioners' Hotline The Practitioner Priority Service® is a nationwide, toll-free hotline that provides professional support to practitioners with account-related questions. Federal tax form 1040 The toll-free number for this service is 1-866-860-4259. Federal tax form 1040 Introduction This publication discusses who can represent a taxpayer before the IRS and what forms or documents are used to authorize a person to represent a taxpayer. Federal tax form 1040 Usually, attorneys, certified public accountants (CPAs), enrolled agents, enrolled retirement plan agents, and enrolled actuaries can represent taxpayers before the IRS. Federal tax form 1040 Under special circumstances, other individuals, including registered tax return preparers, unenrolled return preparers, and students can represent taxpayers before the IRS. Federal tax form 1040 For details regarding taxpayer representation, see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, later. Federal tax form 1040 Definitions. Federal tax form 1040   Many of the terms used in this publication, such as “enrolled agent” and “practitioner” are defined in the Glossary at the back of this publication. Federal tax form 1040 Comments and suggestions. Federal tax form 1040   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Federal tax form 1040   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Individual Forms and Publications Branch SE:W:CAR:MP:T:I 1111 Constitution Ave. Federal tax form 1040 NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Federal tax form 1040 Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Federal tax form 1040   You can email us at taxforms@irs. Federal tax form 1040 gov . Federal tax form 1040 Please put “Publications Comment” on the subject line. Federal tax form 1040 You can also send us comments from www. Federal tax form 1040 irs. Federal tax form 1040 gov/formspubs/, select “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications” under “Information About. Federal tax form 1040 ” Ordering forms and publications. Federal tax form 1040   Visit www. Federal tax form 1040 irs. Federal tax form 1040 gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-829-3676, or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Federal tax form 1040 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Federal tax form 1040 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Federal tax form 1040   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Federal tax form 1040 gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Federal tax form 1040 We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Federal tax form 1040 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publications 1 Your Rights as a Taxpayer 470 Limited Practice Without Enrollment Circular No. Federal tax form 1040 230 Regulations Governing Practice before the Internal Revenue Service Forms and Instructions 2848 Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative 8821 Tax Information Authorization Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications