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WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. 

‪The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.” 

‪Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the "advocate" assigned to their case or that let them "review reported income." The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information. 

‪Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS's Report Phishing web page.

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Free 2011 taxes online 6. Free 2011 taxes online   Tip Income Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Keeping a Daily Tip RecordElectronic tip record. Free 2011 taxes online Reporting Tips to Your EmployerElectronic tip statement. Free 2011 taxes online Final report. Free 2011 taxes online Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return Allocated Tips Introduction This chapter is for employees who receive tips. Free 2011 taxes online All tips you receive are income and are subject to federal income tax. Free 2011 taxes online You must include in gross income all tips you receive directly, charged tips paid to you by your employer, and your share of any tips you receive under a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement. Free 2011 taxes online The value of noncash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value, is also income and subject to tax. Free 2011 taxes online Reporting your tip income correctly is not difficult. Free 2011 taxes online You must do three things. Free 2011 taxes online Keep a daily tip record. Free 2011 taxes online Report tips to your employer. Free 2011 taxes online Report all your tips on your income tax return. Free 2011 taxes online  This chapter will explain these three things and show you what to do on your tax return if you have not done the first two. Free 2011 taxes online This chapter will also show you how to treat allocated tips. Free 2011 taxes online For information on special tip programs and agreements, see Publication 531. Free 2011 taxes online Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 531 Reporting Tip Income 1244 Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer Form (and Instructions) 4137 Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income 4070 Employee's Report of Tips to Employer Keeping a Daily Tip Record Why keep a daily tip record. Free 2011 taxes online   You must keep a daily tip record so you can: Report your tips accurately to your employer, Report your tips accurately on your tax return, and Prove your tip income if your return is ever questioned. Free 2011 taxes online How to keep a daily tip record. Free 2011 taxes online   There are two ways to keep a daily tip record. Free 2011 taxes online You can either: Write information about your tips in a tip diary, or Keep copies of documents that show your tips, such as restaurant bills and credit or debit card charge slips. Free 2011 taxes online You should keep your daily tip record with your tax or other personal records. Free 2011 taxes online You must keep your records for as long as they are important for administration of the federal tax law. Free 2011 taxes online For information on how long to keep records, see How long to keep records in chapter 1. 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Free 2011 taxes online 45%) Medicare tax, the uncollected Additional Medicare Tax is not reported in box 12 of Form W-2 with code B. Free 2011 taxes online    To report these uncollected taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. Free 2011 taxes online You must report these taxes on Form 1040, line 60. Free 2011 taxes online See the instructions for Form 1040, line 60. Free 2011 taxes online (You cannot file Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. Free 2011 taxes online ) Allocated Tips If your employer allocated tips to you, they are shown separately in box 8 of your Form W-2. Free 2011 taxes online They are not included in box 1 with your wages and reported tips. Free 2011 taxes online If box 8 is blank, this discussion does not apply to you. Free 2011 taxes online What are allocated tips. Free 2011 taxes online   These are tips that your employer assigned to you in addition to the tips you reported to your employer for the year. 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