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Free taxes 2012 Index A Accrual period, Accrual period. Free taxes 2012 Acquisition premium, Acquisition premium. Free taxes 2012 Adjusted issue price, Adjusted issue price. Free taxes 2012 Assistance (see Tax help) B Backup withholding, Backup Withholding Bearer bonds and coupons, Bearer Bonds and Coupons Brokers (see Information for brokers and other middlemen) C Certificates of deposit, Certificates of Deposit Comments and suggestions, Comments and suggestions. Free taxes 2012 Contingent payment debt instruments, Contingent Payment Debt Instruments D Debt instrument, Debt instrument. Free taxes 2012 Debt instruments Long-term, Long-Term Debt Instruments Short-term, Short-Term Obligations Redeemed at Maturity Debt instruments and coupons purchased after 1984, Debt Instruments and Coupons Purchased After 1984 Debt instruments and coupons purchased after July 1, 1982, and before 1985, Debt Instruments and Coupons Purchased After July 1, 1982, and Before 1985 Debt instruments issued after 1954, corporate, Corporate Debt Instruments Issued After 1954 and Before May 28, 1969, and Government Debt Instruments Issued After 1954 and Before July 2, 1982 Debt instruments issued after 1984, Debt Instruments Issued After 1984 Debt instruments issued after July 1, 1982, Debt Instruments Issued After July 1, 1982, and Before 1985 Debt instruments issued after May 27, 1969, corporate, Corporate Debt Instruments Issued After May 27, 1969, and Before July 2, 1982 Debt instruments not on the OID list, Debt Instruments Not on the OID List Debt Instruments on the OID list, Debt Instruments on the OID List Definitions, Definitions Accrual period, Accrual period. Free taxes 2012 Acquisition premium, Acquisition premium. Free taxes 2012 Adjusted issue price, Adjusted issue price. Free taxes 2012 Debt instrument, Debt instrument. Free taxes 2012 Issue price, Issue price. Free taxes 2012 Market discount, Market discount. Free taxes 2012 Original issue discount (OID), Original issue discount (OID). Free taxes 2012 Premium, Premium. Free taxes 2012 Qualified stated interest, Qualified stated interest. Free taxes 2012 Stated redemption price at maturity, Stated redemption price at maturity. Free taxes 2012 Yield to maturity, Yield to maturity (YTM). Free taxes 2012 E Electronic payee statements, Electronic payee statements. Free taxes 2012 F Form 1099-OID, Form 1099-OID. Free taxes 2012 Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Free taxes 2012 H Help (see Tax help) I Inflation-indexed debt instruments, Inflation-Indexed Debt Instruments Information for brokers and other middlemen, Information for Brokers and Other Middlemen Information for owners of OID debt instruments, Information for Owners of OID Debt Instruments Issue price, Issue price. Free taxes 2012 Issuers of OID debt instruments, Instructions for, Instructions for issuers of OID debt instruments. Free taxes 2012 L Long-term debt instruments, Long-Term Debt Instruments M Market discount, Market discount. Free taxes 2012 O OID list, Debt Instruments on, Debt Instruments on the OID List OID on long-term debt instruments, figuring, Figuring OID on Long-Term Debt Instruments OID on stripped bonds and coupons, figuring, Figuring OID on Stripped Bonds and Coupons OID, figuring, Figuring OID. Free taxes 2012 Using section I, Using Section I. Free taxes 2012 Using the income tax regulations, Using the income tax regulations. Free taxes 2012 Original issue discount (OID), Original issue discount (OID). Free taxes 2012 Owners of OID debt instruments, information for, Information for Owners of OID Debt Instruments P Premium, Premium. Free taxes 2012 Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified stated interest, Qualified stated interest. Free taxes 2012 R REMIC and CDO information reporting requirements, REMIC and CDO information reporting requirements. Free taxes 2012 S Section I, Section I. Free taxes 2012 Section II, Section II. Free taxes 2012 Section III, Section III. Free taxes 2012 Short-term obligations redeemed at maturity, Short-Term Obligations Redeemed at Maturity Stated redemption price at maturity, Stated redemption price at maturity. Free taxes 2012 Stripped bonds and coupons, figuring OID, Figuring OID on Stripped Bonds and Coupons Suggestions, Comments and, Comments and suggestions. Free taxes 2012 T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Y Yield to maturity, Yield to maturity (YTM). Free taxes 2012 , Yield to maturity (YTM). Free taxes 2012 Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications