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Free online tax preparation For information on employee leasing as it relates to pension plan qualification requirements, see Leased employee in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Free online tax preparation Additional information. Free online tax preparation   For more information about the treatment of special types of employment, the treatment of special types of payments, and similar subjects, see Publication 15 (Circular E) or Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. Free online tax preparation Statutory Employees If workers are independent contractors under the common law rules, such workers may nevertheless be treated as employees by statute, (also known as “statutory employees”) for certain employment tax purposes. Free online tax preparation This would happen if they fall within any one of the following four categories and meet the three conditions described next under Social security and Medicare taxes . 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Free online tax preparation The goods sold must be merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the buyer's business operation. Free online tax preparation The work performed for you must be the salesperson's principal business activity. Free online tax preparation See Salesperson in section 2. Free online tax preparation Social security and Medicare taxes. Free online tax preparation   You must withhold social security and Medicare taxes from the wages of statutory employees if all three of the following conditions apply. Free online tax preparation The service contract states or implies that substantially all the services are to be performed personally by them. Free online tax preparation They do not have a substantial investment in the equipment and property used to perform the services (other than an investment in facilities for transportation, such as a car or truck). Free online tax preparation The services are performed on a continuing basis for the same payer. Free online tax preparation Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax. Free online tax preparation   For FUTA tax (the unemployment tax paid under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act), the term “employee” means the same as it does for social security and Medicare taxes, except that it does not include statutory employees defined above in categories 2 and 3. Free online tax preparation Any individual who is a statutory employee described above under category 1 or 4 is also an employee for FUTA tax purposes and subject to FUTA tax. Free online tax preparation Income tax. Free online tax preparation   Do not withhold federal income tax from the wages of statutory employees. Free online tax preparation Reporting payments to statutory employees. Free online tax preparation   Furnish Form W-2 to a statutory employee, and check “Statutory employee” in box 13. Free online tax preparation Show your payments to the employee as “other compensation” in box 1. 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Free online tax preparation Persons engaged in selling (or soliciting the sale of) consumer products in the home or place of business other than in a permanent retail establishment. Free online tax preparation Persons engaged in selling (or soliciting the sale of) consumer products to any buyer on a buy-sell basis, a deposit-commission basis, or any similar basis prescribed by regulations, for resale in the home or at a place of business other than in a permanent retail establishment. Free online tax preparation Persons engaged in the trade or business of delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to such delivery or distribution). Free online tax preparation   Direct selling includes activities of individuals who attempt to increase direct sales activities of their direct sellers and who earn income based on the productivity of their direct sellers. 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Free online tax preparation To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Free online tax preparation For more information, visit IRS. Free online tax preparation gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. Free online tax preparation 2. Free online tax preparation Employee or Independent Contractor? An employer must generally withhold federal income taxes, withhold and pay over social security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. Free online tax preparation An employer does not generally have to withhold or pay over any federal taxes on payments to independent contractors. Free online tax preparation Common-Law Rules To determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the common law, the relationship of the worker and the business must be examined. 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Free online tax preparation Include it in compensation on Form W-2 (or Form 1099-MISC for an independent contractor). Free online tax preparation The AFR is established monthly and published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Free online tax preparation You can get these rates by calling 1-800-829-4933 or by visiting IRS. Free online tax preparation gov. Free online tax preparation For more information, see section 7872 and its related regulations. Free online tax preparation Leave Sharing Plans If you establish a leave sharing plan for your employees that allows them to transfer leave to other employees for medical emergencies, the amounts paid to the recipients of the leave are considered wages. Free online tax preparation These amounts are includible in the gross income of the recipients and are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, and federal income tax withholding. 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Free online tax preparation The provisions do not affect the application or reporting of social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Free online tax preparation The provisions do not prevent the inclusion of amounts in income or wages under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code or common law principles, such as when amounts are actually or constructively received or irrevocably contributed to a separate fund. Free online tax preparation For more information about nonqualified deferred compensation plans, see Regulations sections 1. Free online tax preparation 409A-1 through 1. Free online tax preparation 409A-6. Free online tax preparation Notice 2008-113 provides guidance on the correction of certain operation failures of a NQDC plan. Free online tax preparation Notice 2008-113, 2008-51 I. Free online tax preparation R. Free online tax preparation B. Free online tax preparation 1305, is available at www. Free online tax preparation irs. 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Free online tax preparation   Employer contributions to nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans, as defined in the applicable regulations, are treated as wages subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes when the services are performed or the employee no longer has a substantial risk of forfeiting the right to the deferred compensation, whichever is later. Free online tax preparation   Amounts deferred are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes at that time unless the amount that is deferred cannot be reasonably ascertained; for example, if benefits are based on final pay. Free online tax preparation If the value of the future benefit is based on any factors that are not yet reasonably ascertainable, you may choose to estimate the value of the future benefit and withhold and pay social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes on that amount. 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Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates Insurance State or Local Government Obligations Original Issue Discount (OID) When To Report Interest IncomeConstructive receipt. Free online tax preparation How To Report Interest IncomeSchedule B (Form 1040A or 1040). Free online tax preparation Reporting tax-exempt interest. Free online tax preparation U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest previously reported. Free online tax preparation Reminder Foreign-source income. Free online tax preparation  If you are a U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation citizen with interest income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report that income on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation law. 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Free online tax preparation   Your interest income is generally not subject to regular withholding. Free online tax preparation However, it may be subject to backup withholding to ensure that income tax is collected on the income. Free online tax preparation Under backup withholding, the payer of interest must withhold, as income tax, on the amount you are paid, applying the appropriate withholding rate. Free online tax preparation   Backup withholding may also be required if the IRS has determined that you underreported your interest or dividend income. Free online tax preparation For more information, see Backup Withholding in chapter 4. Free online tax preparation Reporting backup withholding. Free online tax preparation   If backup withholding is deducted from your interest income, the payer must give you a Form 1099-INT for the year indicating the amount withheld. Free online tax preparation The Form 1099-INT will show any backup withholding as “Federal income tax withheld. 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Free online tax preparation   Interest income from a savings account opened for a minor child, but placed in the name and subject to the order of the parents as trustees, is taxable to the child if, under the law of the state in which the child resides, both of the following are true. Free online tax preparation The savings account legally belongs to the child. Free online tax preparation The parents are not legally permitted to use any of the funds to support the child. Free online tax preparation Form 1099-INT. Free online tax preparation   Interest income is generally reported to you on Form 1099-INT, or a similar statement, by banks, savings and loans, and other payers of interest. Free online tax preparation This form shows you the interest you received during the year. Free online tax preparation Keep this form for your records. Free online tax preparation You do not have to attach it to your tax return. 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Free online tax preparation   If you receive a Form 1099-INT that includes amounts belonging to another person, see the discussion on nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income in chapter 1 of Publication 550, or Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040) instructions. Free online tax preparation Incorrect amount. Free online tax preparation   If you receive a Form 1099-INT that shows an incorrect amount (or other incorrect information), you should ask the issuer for a corrected form. Free online tax preparation The new Form 1099-INT you receive will be marked “Corrected. Free online tax preparation ” Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation   Reportable interest income also may be shown on Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount. Free online tax preparation For more information about amounts shown on this form, see Original Issue Discount (OID) , later in this chapter. Free online tax preparation Exempt-interest dividends. 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Free online tax preparation   For deposits of less than $5,000, gifts or services valued at more than $10 must be reported as interest. Free online tax preparation For deposits of $5,000 or more, gifts or services valued at more than $20 must be reported as interest. Free online tax preparation The value is determined by the cost to the financial institution. Free online tax preparation Example. Free online tax preparation You open a savings account at your local bank and deposit $800. Free online tax preparation The account earns $20 interest. Free online tax preparation You also receive a $15 calculator. Free online tax preparation If no other interest is credited to your account during the year, the Form 1099-INT you receive will show $35 interest for the year. Free online tax preparation You must report $35 interest income on your tax return. Free online tax preparation Interest on insurance dividends. Free online tax preparation   Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with an insurance company that can be withdrawn annually is taxable to you in the year it is credited to your account. Free online tax preparation However, if you can withdraw it only on the anniversary date of the policy (or other specified date), the interest is taxable in the year that date occurs. Free online tax preparation Prepaid insurance premiums. Free online tax preparation   Any increase in the value of prepaid insurance premiums, advance premiums, or premium deposit funds is interest if it is applied to the payment of premiums due on insurance policies or made available for you to withdraw. Free online tax preparation U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation obligations. Free online tax preparation   Interest on U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation obligations, such as U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Treasury bills, notes, and bonds, issued by any agency or instrumentality of the United States is taxable for federal income tax purposes. Free online tax preparation Interest on tax refunds. Free online tax preparation   Interest you receive on tax refunds is taxable income. Free online tax preparation Interest on condemnation award. Free online tax preparation   If the condemning authority pays you interest to compensate you for a delay in payment of an award, the interest is taxable. Free online tax preparation Installment sale payments. Free online tax preparation   If a contract for the sale or exchange of property provides for deferred payments, it also usually provides for interest payable with the deferred payments. Free online tax preparation That interest is taxable when you receive it. Free online tax preparation If little or no interest is provided for in a deferred payment contract, part of each payment may be treated as interest. 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Free online tax preparation A deposit is frozen if, at the end of the year, you cannot withdraw any part of the deposit because: The financial institution is bankrupt or insolvent, or The state where the institution is located has placed limits on withdrawals because other financial institutions in the state are bankrupt or insolvent. Free online tax preparation   The amount of interest you must exclude is the interest that was credited on the frozen deposits minus the sum of: The net amount you withdrew from these deposits during the year, and The amount you could have withdrawn as of the end of the year (not reduced by any penalty for premature withdrawals of a time deposit). Free online tax preparation If you receive a Form 1099-INT for interest income on deposits that were frozen at the end of 2013, see Frozen deposits under How To Report Interest Income in chapter 1 of Publication 550, for information about reporting this interest income exclusion on your tax return. Free online tax preparation   The interest you exclude is treated as credited to your account in the following year. Free online tax preparation You must include it in income in the year you can withdraw it. Free online tax preparation Example. Free online tax preparation $100 of interest was credited on your frozen deposit during the year. Free online tax preparation You withdrew $80 but could not withdraw any more as of the end of the year. Free online tax preparation You must include $80 in your income and exclude $20 from your income for the year. Free online tax preparation You must include the $20 in your income for the year you can withdraw it. Free online tax preparation Bonds traded flat. Free online tax preparation   If you buy a bond at a discount when interest has been defaulted or when the interest has accrued but has not been paid, the transaction is described as trading a bond flat. 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Free online tax preparation Box 2186 Parkersburg, WV 26106-2186 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. Free online tax preparation treasurydirect. Free online tax preparation gov/indiv/indiv. Free online tax preparation htm. Free online tax preparation Accrual method taxpayers. Free online tax preparation   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you must report interest on U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds each year as it accrues. Free online tax preparation You cannot postpone reporting interest until you receive it or until the bonds mature. Free online tax preparation Accrual methods of accounting are explained in chapter 1 under Accounting Methods . Free online tax preparation Cash method taxpayers. Free online tax preparation   If you use the cash method of accounting, as most individual taxpayers do, you generally report the interest on U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds when you receive it. 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Free online tax preparation   You can have an automatic extension of 6 months from the due date of your return for the year of change (excluding extensions) to file the statement with an amended return. Free online tax preparation On the statement, type or print “Filed pursuant to section 301. Free online tax preparation 9100-2. Free online tax preparation ” To get this extension, you must have filed your original return for the year of the change by the due date (including extensions). Free online tax preparation    By the date you file the original statement with your return, you must also send a signed copy to the address below. Free online tax preparation   Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) P. Free online tax preparation O. Free online tax preparation Box 7604 Benjamin Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044   If you use a private delivery service, send the signed copy to the address below. Free online tax preparation   Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) Room 5336 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20224   Instead of filing this statement, you can request permission to change from method 2 to method 1 by filing Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. Free online tax preparation In that case, follow the form instructions for an automatic change. Free online tax preparation No user fee is required. Free online tax preparation Co-owners. Free online tax preparation   If a U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond is issued in the names of co-owners, such as you and your child or you and your spouse, interest on the bond is generally taxable to the co-owner who bought the bond. Free online tax preparation One co-owner's funds used. Free online tax preparation    If you used your funds to buy the bond, you must pay the tax on the interest. Free online tax preparation This is true even if you let the other co-owner redeem the bond and keep all the proceeds. Free online tax preparation Under these circumstances, the co-owner who redeemed the bond will receive a Form 1099-INT at the time of redemption and must provide you with another Form 1099-INT showing the amount of interest from the bond taxable to you. Free online tax preparation The co-owner who redeemed the bond is a “nominee. Free online tax preparation ” See Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income in chapter 1 of Publication 550 for more information about how a person who is a nominee reports interest income belonging to another person. Free online tax preparation Both co-owners' funds used. Free online tax preparation   If you and the other co-owner each contribute part of the bond's purchase price, the interest is generally taxable to each of you, in proportion to the amount each of you paid. Free online tax preparation Community property. Free online tax preparation   If you and your spouse live in a community property state and hold bonds as community property, one-half of the interest is considered received by each of you. Free online tax preparation If you file separate returns, each of you generally must report one-half of the bond interest. Free online tax preparation For more information about community property, see Publication 555. Free online tax preparation Table 7-1. Free online tax preparation   These rules are also shown in Table 7-1. Free online tax preparation Ownership transferred. Free online tax preparation   If you bought series E, series EE, or series I bonds entirely with your own funds and had them reissued in your co-owner's name or beneficiary's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue all interest that you earned on these bonds and have not previously reported. Free online tax preparation But, if the bonds were reissued in your name alone, you do not have to report the interest accrued at that time. Free online tax preparation   This same rule applies when bonds (other than bonds held as community property) are transferred between spouses or incident to divorce. Free online tax preparation Purchased jointly. Free online tax preparation   If you and a co-owner each contributed funds to buy series E, series EE, or series I bonds jointly and later have the bonds reissued in the co-owner's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue your share of all the interest earned on the bonds that you have not previously reported. Free online tax preparation The former co-owner does not have to include in gross income at the time of reissue his or her share of the interest earned that was not reported before the transfer. Free online tax preparation This interest, however, as well as all interest earned after the reissue, is income to the former co-owner. Free online tax preparation   This income-reporting rule also applies when the bonds are reissued in the name of your former co-owner and a new co-owner. Free online tax preparation But the new co-owner will report only his or her share of the interest earned after the transfer. Free online tax preparation   If bonds that you and a co-owner bought jointly are reissued to each of you separately in the same proportion as your contribution to the purchase price, neither you nor your co-owner has to report at that time the interest earned before the bonds were reissued. Free online tax preparation    Table 7-1. Free online tax preparation Who Pays the Tax on U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Savings Bond Interest IF . Free online tax preparation . Free online tax preparation . Free online tax preparation THEN the interest must be reported by . Free online tax preparation . Free online tax preparation . Free online tax preparation you buy a bond in your name and the name of another person as co-owners, using only your own funds you. Free online tax preparation you buy a bond in the name of another person, who is the sole owner of the bond the person for whom you bought the bond. Free online tax preparation you and another person buy a bond as co-owners, each contributing part of the purchase price both you and the other co-owner, in proportion to the amount each paid for the bond. Free online tax preparation you and your spouse, who live in a community property state, buy a bond that is community property you and your spouse. Free online tax preparation If you file separate returns, both you and your spouse generally report one-half of the interest. Free online tax preparation Example 1. Free online tax preparation You and your spouse each spent an equal amount to buy a $1,000 series EE savings bond. Free online tax preparation The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. Free online tax preparation You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. Free online tax preparation You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. Free online tax preparation At that time neither you nor your spouse has to report the interest earned to the date of reissue. Free online tax preparation Example 2. Free online tax preparation You bought a $1,000 series EE savings bond entirely with your own funds. Free online tax preparation The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. Free online tax preparation You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. Free online tax preparation You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. Free online tax preparation You must report half the interest earned to the date of reissue. Free online tax preparation Transfer to a trust. Free online tax preparation   If you own series E, series EE, or series I bonds and transfer them to a trust, giving up all rights of ownership, you must include in your income for that year the interest earned to the date of transfer if you have not already reported it. Free online tax preparation However, if you are considered the owner of the trust and if the increase in value both before and after the transfer continues to be taxable to you, you can continue to defer reporting the interest earned each year. Free online tax preparation You must include the total interest in your income in the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year the bonds finally mature, whichever is earlier. Free online tax preparation   The same rules apply to previously unreported interest on series EE or series E bonds if the transfer to a trust consisted of series HH or series H bonds you acquired in a trade for the series EE or series E bonds. Free online tax preparation See Savings bonds traded , later. Free online tax preparation Decedents. Free online tax preparation   The manner of reporting interest income on series E, series EE, or series I bonds, after the death of the owner (decedent), depends on the accounting and income-reporting methods previously used by the decedent. Free online tax preparation This is explained in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation Savings bonds traded. Free online tax preparation   If you postponed reporting the interest on your series EE or series E bonds, you did not recognize taxable income when you traded the bonds for series HH or series H bonds, unless you received cash in the trade. Free online tax preparation (You cannot trade series I bonds for series HH bonds. Free online tax preparation After August 31, 2004, you cannot trade any other series of bonds for series HH bonds. Free online tax preparation ) Any cash you received is income up to the amount of the interest earned on the bonds traded. Free online tax preparation When your series HH or series H bonds mature, or if you dispose of them before maturity, you report as interest the difference between their redemption value and your cost. Free online tax preparation Your cost is the sum of the amount you paid for the traded series EE or series E bonds plus any amount you had to pay at the time of the trade. Free online tax preparation Example. Free online tax preparation You traded series EE bonds (on which you postponed reporting the interest) for $2,500 in series HH bonds and $223 in cash. Free online tax preparation You reported the $223 as taxable income on your tax return. Free online tax preparation At the time of the trade, the series EE bonds had accrued interest of $523 and a redemption value of $2,723. Free online tax preparation You hold the series HH bonds until maturity, when you receive $2,500. Free online tax preparation You must report $300 as interest income in the year of maturity. Free online tax preparation This is the difference between their redemption value, $2,500, and your cost, $2,200 (the amount you paid for the series EE bonds). Free online tax preparation (It is also the difference between the accrued interest of $523 on the series EE bonds and the $223 cash received on the trade. Free online tax preparation ) Choice to report interest in year of trade. Free online tax preparation   You could have chosen to treat all of the previously unreported accrued interest on the series EE or series E bonds traded for series HH bonds as income in the year of the trade. Free online tax preparation If you made this choice, it is treated as a change from method 1. Free online tax preparation See Change from method 1 under Series EE and series I bonds, earlier. Free online tax preparation Form 1099-INT for U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds interest. Free online tax preparation   When you cash a bond, the bank or other payer that redeems it must give you a Form 1099-INT if the interest part of the payment you receive is $10 or more. Free online tax preparation Box 3 of your Form 1099-INT should show the interest as the difference between the amount you received and the amount paid for the bond. Free online tax preparation However, your Form 1099-INT may show more interest than you have to include on your income tax return. Free online tax preparation For example, this may happen if any of the following are true. Free online tax preparation You chose to report the increase in the redemption value of the bond each year. Free online tax preparation The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by amounts previously included in income. Free online tax preparation You received the bond from a decedent. Free online tax preparation The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by any interest reported by the decedent before death, or on the decedent's final return, or by the estate on the estate's income tax return. Free online tax preparation Ownership of the bond was transferred. Free online tax preparation The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by interest that accrued before the transfer. Free online tax preparation You were named as a co-owner, and the other co-owner contributed funds to buy the bond. Free online tax preparation The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the amount you received as nominee for the other co-owner. Free online tax preparation (See Co-owners , earlier in this chapter, for more information about the reporting requirements. Free online tax preparation ) You received the bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. Free online tax preparation The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the interest portion of the amount taxable as a distribution from the plan and not taxable as interest. Free online tax preparation (This amount is generally shown on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. Free online tax preparation , for the year of distribution. Free online tax preparation )   For more information on including the correct amount of interest on your return, see How To Report Interest Income , later. Free online tax preparation Publication 550 includes examples showing how to report these amounts. Free online tax preparation    Interest on U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds is exempt from state and local taxes. Free online tax preparation The Form 1099-INT you receive will indicate the amount that is for U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest in box 3. Free online tax preparation Education Savings Bond Program You may be able to exclude from income all or part of the interest you receive on the redemption of qualified U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds during the year if you pay qualified higher educational expenses during the same year. Free online tax preparation This exclusion is known as the Education Savings Bond Program. Free online tax preparation You do not qualify for this exclusion if your filing status is married filing separately. Free online tax preparation Form 8815. Free online tax preparation   Use Form 8815 to figure your exclusion. Free online tax preparation Attach the form to your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free online tax preparation Qualified U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds. Free online tax preparation   A qualified U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. Free online tax preparation The bond must be issued either in your name (sole owner) or in your and your spouse's names (co-owners). Free online tax preparation You must be at least 24 years old before the bond's issue date. Free online tax preparation For example, a bond bought by a parent and issued in the name of his or her child under age 24 does not qualify for the exclusion by the parent or child. Free online tax preparation    The issue date of a bond may be earlier than the date the bond is purchased because the issue date assigned to a bond is the first day of the month in which it is purchased. Free online tax preparation Beneficiary. Free online tax preparation   You can designate any individual (including a child) as a beneficiary of the bond. Free online tax preparation Verification by IRS. Free online tax preparation   If you claim the exclusion, the IRS will check it by using bond redemption information from the Department of the Treasury. Free online tax preparation Qualified expenses. Free online tax preparation   Qualified higher educational expenses are tuition and fees required for you, your spouse, or your dependent (for whom you claim an exemption) to attend an eligible educational institution. Free online tax preparation   Qualified expenses include any contribution you make to a qualified tuition program or to a Coverdell education savings account. Free online tax preparation   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for room and board or for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. Free online tax preparation Eligible educational institutions. Free online tax preparation   These institutions include most public, private, and nonprofit universities, colleges, and vocational schools that are accredited and eligible to participate in student aid programs run by the U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Department of Education. Free online tax preparation Reduction for certain benefits. Free online tax preparation   You must reduce your qualified higher educational expenses by all of the following tax-free benefits. Free online tax preparation Tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Scholarships and fellowships in chapter 12). Free online tax preparation Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell ESA. Free online tax preparation Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a qualified tuition program. Free online tax preparation Any tax-free payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received for educational expenses, such as Veterans' educational assistance benefits, Qualified tuition reductions, or Employer-provided educational assistance. Free online tax preparation Any expense used in figuring the American Opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Free online tax preparation Amount excludable. Free online tax preparation   If the total proceeds (interest and principal) from the qualified U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds you redeem during the year are not more than your adjusted qualified higher educational expenses for the year, you may be able to exclude all of the interest. Free online tax preparation If the proceeds are more than the expenses, you may be able to exclude only part of the interest. Free online tax preparation   To determine the excludable amount, multiply the interest part of the proceeds by a fraction. Free online tax preparation The numerator of the fraction is the qualified higher educational expenses you paid during the year. Free online tax preparation The denominator of the fraction is the total proceeds you received during the year. Free online tax preparation Example. Free online tax preparation In February 2013, Mark and Joan, a married couple, cashed a qualified series EE U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond they bought in April 1997. Free online tax preparation They received proceeds of $8,372 representing principal of $5,000 and interest of $3,372. Free online tax preparation In 2013, they paid $4,000 of their daughter's college tuition. Free online tax preparation They are not claiming an education credit for that amount, and their daughter does not have any tax-free educational assistance. Free online tax preparation They can exclude $1,611 ($3,372 × ($4,000 ÷ $8,372)) of interest in 2013. Free online tax preparation They must pay tax on the remaining $1,761 ($3,372 − $1,611) interest. Free online tax preparation Modified adjusted gross income limit. Free online tax preparation   The interest exclusion is limited if your modified adjusted gross income (modified AGI) is: $74,700 to $89,700 for taxpayers filing single or head of household, and $112,050 to $142,050 for married taxpayers filing jointly or for a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Free online tax preparation You do not qualify for the interest exclusion if your modified AGI is equal to or more than the upper limit for your filing status. Free online tax preparation   Modified AGI, for purposes of this exclusion, is adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 37, or Form 1040A, line 21) figured before the interest exclusion, and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion and deduction, Exclusion of income for bona fide residents of American Samoa, Exclusion for income from Puerto Rico, Exclusion for adoption benefits received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Deduction for tuition and fees, Deduction for student loan interest, and Deduction for domestic production activities. Free online tax preparation   Use the Line 9 Worksheet in the Form 8815 instructions to figure your modified AGI. Free online tax preparation If you claim any of the exclusion or deduction items listed above (except items 6, 7, and 8), add the amount of the exclusion or deduction (except items 6, 7, and 8) to the amount on line 5 of the worksheet, and enter the total on Form 8815, line 9, as your modified AGI. Free online tax preparation   If you have investment interest expense incurred to earn royalties and other investment income, see Education Savings Bond Program in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation Recordkeeping. Free online tax preparation If you claim the interest exclusion, you must keep a written record of the qualified U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds you redeem. Free online tax preparation Your record must include the serial number, issue date, face value, and total redemption proceeds (principal and interest) of each bond. Free online tax preparation You can use Form 8818 to record this information. Free online tax preparation You should also keep bills, receipts, canceled checks, or other documentation that shows you paid qualified higher educational expenses during the year. Free online tax preparation U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds Treasury bills, notes, and bonds are direct debts (obligations) of the U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Government. Free online tax preparation Taxation of interest. Free online tax preparation   Interest income from Treasury bills, notes, and bonds is subject to federal income tax but is exempt from all state and local income taxes. Free online tax preparation You should receive Form 1099-INT showing the interest (in box 3) paid to you for the year. Free online tax preparation   Payments of principal and interest generally will be credited to your designated checking or savings account by direct deposit through the TreasuryDirect® system. Free online tax preparation Treasury bills. Free online tax preparation   These bills generally have a 4-week, 13-week, 26-week, or 52-week maturity period. Free online tax preparation They are generally issued at a discount in the amount of $100 and multiples of $100. Free online tax preparation The difference between the discounted price you pay for the bills and the face value you receive at maturity is interest income. Free online tax preparation Generally, you report this interest income when the bill is paid at maturity. Free online tax preparation If you paid a premium for a bill (more than the face value), you generally report the premium as a section 171 deduction when the bill is paid at maturity. Free online tax preparation Treasury notes and bonds. Free online tax preparation   Treasury notes have maturity periods of more than 1 year, ranging up to 10 years. Free online tax preparation Maturity periods for Treasury bonds are longer than 10 years. Free online tax preparation Both generally are issued in denominations of $100 to $1 million and generally pay interest every 6 months. Free online tax preparation Generally, you report this interest for the year paid. Free online tax preparation For more information, see U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation For other information on Treasury notes or bonds, write to:  Bureau of the Public Debt P. Free online tax preparation O. Free online tax preparation Box 7015 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7015 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. Free online tax preparation treasurydirect. Free online tax preparation gov/indiv/indiv. Free online tax preparation htm. Free online tax preparation For information on series EE, series I, and series HH savings bonds, see U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Savings Bonds , earlier. Free online tax preparation Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS). Free online tax preparation   These securities pay interest twice a year at a fixed rate, based on a principal amount adjusted to take into account inflation and deflation. Free online tax preparation For the tax treatment of these securities, see Inflation-Indexed Debt Instruments under Original Issue Discount (OID), in Publication 550. Free online tax preparation Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates If you sell a bond between interest payment dates, part of the sales price represents interest accrued to the date of sale. Free online tax preparation You must report that part of the sales price as interest income for the year of sale. Free online tax preparation If you buy a bond between interest payment dates, part of the purchase price represents interest accrued before the date of purchase. Free online tax preparation When that interest is paid to you, treat it as a return of your capital investment, rather than interest income, by reducing your basis in the bond. Free online tax preparation See Accrued interest on bonds under How To Report Interest Income in chapter 1 of Publication 550 for information on reporting the payment. Free online tax preparation Insurance Life insurance proceeds paid to you as beneficiary of the insured person are usually not taxable. Free online tax preparation But if you receive the proceeds in installments, you must usually report a part of each installment payment as interest income. Free online tax preparation For more information about insurance proceeds received in installments, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Free online tax preparation Annuity. Free online tax preparation   If you buy an annuity with life insurance proceeds, the annuity payments you receive are taxed as pension and annuity income from a nonqualified plan, not as interest income. Free online tax preparation See chapter 10 for information on pension and annuity income from nonqualified plans. Free online tax preparation State or Local Government Obligations Interest on a bond used to finance government operations generally is not taxable if the bond is issued by a state, the District of Columbia, a possession of the United States, or any of their political subdivisions. Free online tax preparation Bonds issued after 1982 (including tribal economic development bonds issued after February 17, 2009) by an Indian tribal government are treated as issued by a state. Free online tax preparation Interest on these bonds is generally tax exempt if the bonds are part of an issue of which substantially all proceeds are to be used in the exercise of any essential government function. Free online tax preparation For information on federally guaranteed bonds, mortgage revenue bonds, arbitrage bonds, private activity bonds, qualified tax credit bonds, and Build America bonds, see State or Local Government Obligations in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation Information reporting requirement. Free online tax preparation   If you must file a tax return, you are required to show any tax-exempt interest you received on your return. Free online tax preparation This is an information reporting requirement only. Free online tax preparation It does not change tax-exempt interest to taxable interest. Free online tax preparation Original Issue Discount (OID) Original issue discount (OID) is a form of interest. Free online tax preparation You generally include OID in your income as it accrues over the term of the debt instrument, whether or not you receive any payments from the issuer. Free online tax preparation A debt instrument generally has OID when the instrument is issued for a price that is less than its stated redemption price at maturity. Free online tax preparation OID is the difference between the stated redemption price at maturity and the issue price. Free online tax preparation All debt instruments that pay no interest before maturity are presumed to be issued at a discount. Free online tax preparation Zero coupon bonds are one example of these instruments. Free online tax preparation The OID accrual rules generally do not apply to short-term obligations (those with a fixed maturity date of 1 year or less from date of issue). Free online tax preparation See Discount on Short-Term Obligations in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation De minimis OID. Free online tax preparation   You can treat the discount as zero if it is less than one-fourth of 1% (. Free online tax preparation 0025) of the stated redemption price at maturity multiplied by the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity. Free online tax preparation This small discount is known as “de minimis” OID. Free online tax preparation Example 1. Free online tax preparation You bought a 10-year bond with a stated redemption price at maturity of $1,000, issued at $980 with OID of $20. Free online tax preparation One-fourth of 1% of $1,000 (stated redemption price) times 10 (the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity) equals $25. Free online tax preparation Because the $20 discount is less than $25, the OID is treated as zero. Free online tax preparation (If you hold the bond at maturity, you will recognize $20 ($1,000 − $980) of capital gain. Free online tax preparation ) Example 2. Free online tax preparation The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that the bond was issued at $950. Free online tax preparation The OID is $50. Free online tax preparation Because the $50 discount is more than the $25 figured in Example 1, you must include the OID in income as it accrues over the term of the bond. Free online tax preparation Debt instrument bought after original issue. Free online tax preparation   If you buy a debt instrument with de minimis OID at a premium, the discount is not includible in income. Free online tax preparation If you buy a debt instrument with de minimis OID at a discount, the discount is reported under the market discount rules. Free online tax preparation See Market Discount Bonds in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation Exceptions to reporting OID. Free online tax preparation   The OID rules discussed in this chapter do not apply to the following debt instruments. Free online tax preparation Tax-exempt obligations. Free online tax preparation (However, see Stripped tax-exempt obligations under Stripped Bonds and Coupons in chapter 1 of Publication 550). Free online tax preparation U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds. Free online tax preparation Short-term debt instruments (those with a fixed maturity date of not more than 1 year from the date of issue). Free online tax preparation Obligations issued by an individual before March 2, 1984. Free online tax preparation Loans between individuals if all the following are true. Free online tax preparation The lender is not in the business of lending money. Free online tax preparation The amount of the loan, plus the amount of any outstanding prior loans between the same individuals, is $10,000 or less. Free online tax preparation Avoiding any federal tax is not one of the principal purposes of the loan. Free online tax preparation Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation   The issuer of the debt instrument (or your broker if you held the instrument through a broker) should give you Form 1099-OID, or a similar statement, if the total OID for the calendar year is $10 or more. Free online tax preparation Form 1099-OID will show, in box 1, the amount of OID for the part of the year that you held the bond. Free online tax preparation It also will show, in box 2, the stated interest you must include in your income. Free online tax preparation A copy of Form 1099-OID will be sent to the IRS. Free online tax preparation Do not file your copy with your return. Free online tax preparation Keep it for your records. Free online tax preparation   In most cases, you must report the entire amount in boxes 1 and 2 of Form 1099-OID as interest income. Free online tax preparation But see Refiguring OID shown on Form 1099-OID, later in this discussion, for more information. Free online tax preparation Form 1099-OID not received. Free online tax preparation   If you had OID for the year but did not receive a Form 1099-OID, you can find tables on IRS. Free online tax preparation gov that list total OID on certain debt instruments and have information that will help you figure OID. Free online tax preparation For the latest OID tables, go to www. Free online tax preparation irs. Free online tax preparation gov and enter “OID tables” in the Search box. Free online tax preparation If your debt instrument is not listed, consult the issuer for further information about the accrued OID for the year. Free online tax preparation Nominee. Free online tax preparation   If someone else is the holder of record (the registered owner) of an OID instrument belonging to you and receives a Form 1099-OID on your behalf, that person must give you a Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation Refiguring OID shown on Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation   You must refigure the OID shown in box 1 or box 8 of Form 1099-OID if either of the following apply. Free online tax preparation You bought the debt instrument after its original issue and paid a premium or an acquisition premium. Free online tax preparation The debt instrument is a stripped bond or a stripped coupon (including certain zero coupon instruments). Free online tax preparation For information about figuring the correct amount of OID to include in your income, see Figuring OID on Long-Term Debt Instruments in Publication 1212. Free online tax preparation Refiguring periodic interest shown on Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation   If you disposed of a debt instrument or acquired it from another holder during the year, see Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates , earlier, for information about the treatment of periodic interest that may be shown in box 2 of Form 1099-OID for that instrument. Free online tax preparation Certificates of deposit (CDs). Free online tax preparation   If you buy a CD with a maturity of more than 1 year, you must include in income each year a part of the total interest due and report it in the same manner as other OID. Free online tax preparation   This also applies to similar deposit arrangements with banks, building and loan associations, etc. Free online tax preparation , including: Time deposits, Bonus plans, Savings certificates, Deferred income certificates, Bonus savings certificates, and Growth savings certificates. Free online tax preparation Bearer CDs. Free online tax preparation   CDs issued after 1982 generally must be in registered form. Free online tax preparation Bearer CDs are CDs not in registered form. Free online tax preparation They are not issued in the depositor's name and are transferable from one individual to another. Free online tax preparation   Banks must provide the IRS and the person redeeming a bearer CD with a Form 1099-INT. Free online tax preparation More information. Free online tax preparation   See chapter 1 of Publication 550 for more information about OID and related topics, such as market discount bonds. Free online tax preparation When To Report Interest Income When to report your interest income depends on whether you use the cash method or an accrual method to report income. Free online tax preparation Cash method. Free online tax preparation   Most individual taxpayers use the cash method. Free online tax preparation If you use this method, you generally report your interest income in the year in which you actually or constructively receive it. Free online tax preparation However, there are special rules for reporting the discount on certain debt instruments. Free online tax preparation See U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Savings Bonds and Original Issue Discount (OID) , earlier. Free online tax preparation Example. Free online tax preparation On September 1, 2011, you loaned another individual $2,000 at 12%, compounded annually. Free online tax preparation You are not in the business of lending money. Free online tax preparation The note stated that principal and interest would be due on August 31, 2013. Free online tax preparation In 2013, you received $2,508. Free online tax preparation 80 ($2,000 principal and $508. Free online tax preparation 80 interest). Free online tax preparation If you use the cash method, you must include in income on your 2013 return the $508. Free online tax preparation 80 interest you received in that year. Free online tax preparation Constructive receipt. Free online tax preparation   You constructively receive income when it is credited to your account or made available to you. Free online tax preparation You do not need to have physical possession of it. Free online tax preparation For example, you are considered to receive interest, dividends, or other earnings on any deposit or account in a bank, savings and loan, or similar financial institution, or interest on life insurance policy dividends left to accumulate, when they are credited to your account and subject to your withdrawal. Free online tax preparation This is true even if they are not yet entered in your passbook. Free online tax preparation   You constructively receive income on the deposit or account even if you must: Make withdrawals in multiples of even amounts, Give a notice to withdraw before making the withdrawal, Withdraw all or part of the account to withdraw the earnings, or Pay a penalty on early withdrawals, unless the interest you are to receive on an early withdrawal or redemption is substantially less than the interest payable at maturity. Free online tax preparation Accrual method. Free online tax preparation   If you use an accrual method, you report your interest income when you earn it, whether or not you have received it. Free online tax preparation Interest is earned over the term of the debt instrument. Free online tax preparation Example. Free online tax preparation If, in the previous example, you use an accrual method, you must include the interest in your income as you earn it. Free online tax preparation You would report the interest as follows: 2011, $80; 2012, $249. Free online tax preparation 60; and 2013, $179. Free online tax preparation 20. Free online tax preparation Coupon bonds. Free online tax preparation   Interest on coupon bonds is taxable in the year the coupon becomes due and payable. Free online tax preparation It does not matter when you mail the coupon for payment. Free online tax preparation How To Report Interest Income Generally, you report all your taxable interest income on Form 1040, line 8a; Form 1040A, line 8a; or Form 1040EZ, line 2. Free online tax preparation You cannot use Form 1040EZ if your taxable interest income is more than $1,500. Free online tax preparation Instead, you must use Form 1040A or Form 1040. Free online tax preparation Form 1040A. Free online tax preparation   You must complete Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Part I, if you file Form 1040A and any of the following are true. Free online tax preparation Your taxable interest income is more than $1,500. Free online tax preparation You are claiming the interest exclusion under the Education Savings Bond Program (discussed earlier). Free online tax preparation You received interest from a seller-financed mortgage, and the buyer used the property as a home. Free online tax preparation You received a Form 1099-INT for U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest that includes amounts you reported before 2013. Free online tax preparation You received, as a nominee, interest that actually belongs to someone else. Free online tax preparation You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on frozen deposits. Free online tax preparation You are reporting OID in an amount less than the amount shown on Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on a bond you bought between interest payment dates. Free online tax preparation You acquired taxable bonds after 1987 and choose to reduce interest income from the bonds by any amortizable bond premium (see Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550). Free online tax preparation List each payer's name and the amount of interest income received from each payer on line 1. Free online tax preparation If you received a Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-OID from a brokerage firm, list the brokerage firm as the payer. Free online tax preparation   You cannot use Form 1040A if you must use Form 1040, as described next. Free online tax preparation Form 1040. Free online tax preparation   You must use Form 1040 instead of Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ if: You forfeited interest income because of the early withdrawal of a time deposit; You acquired taxable bonds after 1987, you choose to reduce interest income from the bonds by any amortizable bond premium, and you are deducting the excess of bond premium amortization for the accrual period over the qualified stated interest for the period (see Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550); or You received tax-exempt interest from private activity bonds issued after August 7, 1986. Free online tax preparation Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040). Free online tax preparation   You must complete Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Part I, if you file Form 1040 and any of the following apply. Free online tax preparation Your taxable interest income is more than $1,500. Free online tax preparation You are claiming the interest exclusion under the Education Savings Bond Program (discussed earlier). Free online tax preparation You received interest from a seller-financed mortgage, and the buyer used the property as a home. Free online tax preparation You received a Form 1099-INT for U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest that includes amounts you reported before 2013. Free online tax preparation You received, as a nominee, interest that actually belongs to someone else. Free online tax preparation You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on frozen deposits. Free online tax preparation You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on a bond you bought between interest payment dates. Free online tax preparation You are reporting OID in an amount less than the amount shown on Form 1099-OID. Free online tax preparation Statement (2) in the preceding list under Form 1040 is true. Free online tax preparation In Part I, line 1, list each payer's name and the amount received from each. Free online tax preparation If you received a Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-OID from a brokerage firm, list the brokerage firm as the payer. Free online tax preparation Reporting tax-exempt interest. Free online tax preparation   Total your tax-exempt interest (such as interest or accrued OID on certain state and municipal bonds, including tax-exempt interest on zero coupon municipal bonds) and exempt-interest dividends from a mutual fund as shown on Form 1099-INT, box 8, and on Form 1099-DIV, box 10. Free online tax preparation Add these amounts to any other tax-exempt interest you received. Free online tax preparation Report the total on line 8b of Form 1040A or 1040. Free online tax preparation   If you file Form 1040EZ, enter “TEI” and the amount in the space to the left of line 2. Free online tax preparation Do not add tax-exempt interest in the total on Form 1040EZ, line 2. Free online tax preparation   Form 1099-INT, box 9, and Form 1099-DIV, box 11, show the tax-exempt interest subject to the alternative minimum tax on Form 6251. Free online tax preparation These amounts are already included in the amounts on Form 1099-INT, box 8, and Form 1099-DIV, box 10. Free online tax preparation Do not add the amounts in Form 1099-INT, box 9 and Form 1099-DIV, box 11 to, or subtract them from, the amounts on Form 1099-INT, box 8, and Form 1099-DIV, box 10. Free online tax preparation    Do not report interest from an individual retirement account (IRA) as tax-exempt interest. Free online tax preparation Form 1099-INT. Free online tax preparation   Your taxable interest income, except for interest from U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds and Treasury obligations, is shown in box 1 of Form 1099-INT. Free online tax preparation Add this amount to any other taxable interest income you received. Free online tax preparation You must report all of your taxable interest income even if you do not receive a Form 1099-INT. Free online tax preparation Generally, contact your financial institution if you do not receive a Form 1099-INT by February 15. Free online tax preparation Your identifying number may be truncated on any paper Form 1099-INT you receive. Free online tax preparation   If you forfeited interest income because of the early withdrawal of a time deposit, the deductible amount will be shown on Form 1099-INT in box 2. Free online tax preparation See Penalty on early withdrawal of savings in chapter 1 of Publication 550. Free online tax preparation   Box 3 of Form 1099-INT shows the interest income you received from U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds, Treasury bills, Treasury notes, and Treasury bonds. Free online tax preparation Add the amount shown in box 3 to any other taxable interest income you received, unless part of the amount in box 3 was previously included in your interest income. Free online tax preparation If part of the amount shown in box 3 was previously included in your interest income, see U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest previously reported , later. Free online tax preparation   Box 4 of Form 1099-INT will contain an amount if you were subject to backup withholding. Free online tax preparation Report the amount from box 4 on Form 1040EZ, line 7; on Form 1040A, line 36; or Form 1040, line 62 (federal income tax withheld). Free online tax preparation   Box 5 of Form 1099-INT shows investment expenses you may be able to deduct as an itemized deduction. Free online tax preparation See chapter 28 for more information about investment expenses. Free online tax preparation   If there are entries in boxes 6 and 7 of Form 1099-INT, you must file Form 1040. Free online tax preparation You may be able to take a credit for the amount shown in box 6 unless you deduct this amount on line 8 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Free online tax preparation To take the credit, you may have to file Form 1116, Foreign Tax Credit. Free online tax preparation For more information, see Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Free online tax preparation U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest previously reported. Free online tax preparation   If you received a Form 1099-INT for U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bond interest, the form may show interest you do not have to report. Free online tax preparation See Form 1099-INT for U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation savings bonds interest , earlier, under U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Savings Bonds. Free online tax preparation   On Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Part I, line 1, report all the interest shown on your Form 1099-INT. Free online tax preparation Then follow these steps. Free online tax preparation Several lines above line 2, enter a subtotal of all interest listed on line 1. Free online tax preparation Below the subtotal enter “U. Free online tax preparation S. Free online tax preparation Savings Bond Interest Previously Reported” and enter amounts previously reported or interest accrued before you received the bond. Free online tax preparation Subtract these amounts from the subtotal and enter the result on line 2. Free online tax preparation More information. Free online tax preparation   For more information about how to report interest income, see chapter 1 of Publication 550 or the instructions for the form you must file. Free online tax preparation Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications