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H and r free file Publication 225 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. H and r free file Tax questions. H and r free file Future Developments What's New for 2013 What's New for 2014 Reminders Introduction You are in the business of farming if you cultivate, operate, or manage a farm for profit, either as owner or tenant. H and r free file A farm includes livestock, dairy, poultry, fish, fruit, and truck farms. H and r free file It also includes plantations, ranches, ranges, and orchards. H and r free file This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. H and r free file Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return. H and r free file If you need more information on a subject, get the specific IRS tax publication covering that subject. H and r free file We refer to many of these free publications throughout this publication. 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H and r free file   If you want to confidentially report misconduct, waste, fraud, or abuse by an IRS employee, you can call 1-800-366-4484 (1-800-877-8339 for TTY/TDD users). H and r free file You can remain anonymous. H and r free file Farm tax classes. H and r free file   Many state Cooperative Extension Services conduct farm tax workshops in conjunction with the IRS. H and r free file Contact your county extension office for more information. H and r free file Rural tax education website. H and r free file   The Rural Tax Education website is a source for information concerning agriculturally related income and deductions and self-employment tax. H and r free file The website is available for farmers and ranchers, other agricultural producers, Extension educators, and any one interested in learning about the tax side of the agricultural community. H and r free file Members of the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee are contributors for the website and the website is hosted by Utah State University Cooperative Extension. H and r free file You can visit the website at www. H and r free file ruraltax. H and r free file org. H and r free file Future Developments The IRS has created a page on IRS. H and r free file gov for information about Publication 225, at  www. H and r free file irs. H and r free file gov/pub225. H and r free file Information about recent developments affecting Publication 225 will be posted on that page. H and r free file What's New for 2013 The following items highlight a number of administrative and tax law changes for 2013. H and r free file They are discussed in more detail throughout the publication. H and r free file Standard mileage rate. H and r free file  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. 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H and r free file  You may be able to take a 50% special depreciation allowance for certain qualified property acquired after December 31, 2007, and placed in service before January 1, 2014. H and r free file See chapter 7. H and r free file Expiration of the 3-year recovery period for certain race horses. H and r free file . H and r free file  The 3-year recovery period for race horses two years old or younger will expire for such horses placed in service after December 31, 2013. H and r free file See chapter 7. H and r free file Tax rates. H and r free file  For tax years beginning in 2013, the social security part of the self-employment tax increases from 10. H and r free file 4% to 12. H and r free file 4%. H and r free file As a result, the self-employment tax is increased from 13. H and r free file 3% to 15. H and r free file 3%. H and r free file See chapter 12. H and r free file Maximum net earnings. 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H and r free file Work opportunity tax credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations hiring qualified veterans extended. H and r free file  The work opportunity tax credit is now available for eligible unemployed veterans who begin work before January 1, 2014. H and r free file Qualified tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterans can claim the work opportunity tax credit against their payroll tax liability using Form 5884-C, Work Opportunity Credit for Qualified Tax-Exempt Organizations Hiring Qualified Veterans. H and r free file For more information, visit IRS. H and r free file gov and enter “work opportunity credit” in the search box. H and r free file See chapter 13. H and r free file Estimated tax. H and r free file  For tax years beginning in 2013, the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) may need to be included when calculating your estimated tax. H and r free file Also, when figuring your estimated tax, you may need to include the 0. 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H and r free file There is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax. H and r free file See chapter 13. H and r free file Reminders The following reminders and other items may help you file your tax return. H and r free file   IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) You can file your tax returns electronically using an IRS e-file option. H and r free file The benefits of IRS e-file include faster refunds, increased accuracy, and acknowledgment of IRS receipt of your return. H and r free file You can use one of the following IRS e-file options. H and r free file Use an authorized IRS e-file provider. H and r free file Use a personal computer. H and r free file Visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site. H and r free file For details on these fast filing methods, see your income tax package. H and r free file Principal agricultural activity codes. H and r free file  You must enter on line B of Schedule F (Form 1040) a code that identifies your principal agricultural activity. H and r free file It is important to use the correct code because this information will identify market segments of the public for IRS Taxpayer Education programs. H and r free file The U. H and r free file S. H and r free file Census Bureau also uses this information for its economic census. H and r free file See the list of Principal Agricultural Activity Codes on page 2 of Schedule F (Form 1040). H and r free file Publication on employer identification numbers (EIN). H and r free file  Publication 1635, Understanding Your Employer Identification Number, provides general information on employer identification numbers. H and r free file Topics include how to apply for an EIN and how to complete Form SS-4. H and r free file Change of address. H and r free file  If you change your home address, you should use Form 8822, Change of Addres, to notify the IRS. 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Top tips every taxpayer should know about identity theft

Identity theft often starts outside of the tax administration system when someone's personal information is stolen or lost. Identity thieves may then use a taxpayer's identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. In other cases, the identity thief uses the taxpayer's personal information in order to get a job. The legitimate taxpayer may be unaware that anything has happened until they file their return later in the filing season and discover two returns have been filed using the same Social Security number.

These are the IRS' top tips to help you avoid becoming the victim of an identity thief.

  1. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media tools to request personal or financial information. The IRS does not send emails stating you are being electronically audited or that you are getting a refund. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

  2. If you receive a scam email claiming to be from the IRS, forward it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

  3. Identity thieves access your personal information by many different means, including:
    • Stealing your wallet or purse
    • Posing as someone who needs information about you through a phone call or email
    • Looking through your trash for personal information
    • Accessing information you provide to an unsecured Internet site.

  4. If you discover a website that claims to be the IRS but does not begin with 'www.irs.gov', forward that link to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

  5. To learn how to identify a secure website, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website.

  6. If your SSN is stolen, another individual may use it to get a job. That person's employer may report income earned by them to the IRS using your SSN, thus making it appear you did not report all of your income on your tax return.

    When this occurs, you should contact the IRS to show the income is not yours. After the IRS authenticates who you are, your tax record will be updated to reflect only your information. The IRS will use this information to minimize future occurrences.

  7. Your identity may have been stolen if a letter from the IRS indicates more than one tax return was filed for you or the letter states you received wages from an employer you don't know. If you receive such a letter from the IRS, leading you to believe your identity has been stolen, respond immediately to the name, address or phone number on the IRS notice. If you believe the notice is not from the IRS, contact the IRS to determine if the letter is a legitimate IRS notice.

  8. If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft, but you believe you may be at risk due to a lost wallet, questionable credit card activity, or credit report, you need to provide the IRS with proof of your identity. You should submit a copy of your valid government-issued identification, such as a Social Security card, driver's license or passport, along with a copy of a police report and/or a completed IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, which should be faxed to the IRS at 1-855-807-5720. Please be sure to write clearly.

    As an option, you can also contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit, toll-free at 1-800-908-4490. IPSU hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).

    You should also follow FTC's guidance for reporting identity theft

  9. Show your Social Security card to your employer when you start a job or to your financial institution for tax reporting purposes. Do not routinely carry your card or other documents that display your SSN.

  10. For more information about identity theft, including information about how to report identity theft, phishing and related fraudulent activity, visit the IRS Identity Theft Protection page, which you can find by searching identity theft on the IRS.gov home page.

  11. IRS impersonation schemes flourish during tax season and can take the form of email, websites, even tweets. Scammers may also use a phone or fax to reach their victims. If you receive a paper letter or notice via mail claiming to be the IRS but you suspect it is a scam, check the IRS phishing page at IRS.gov/phishing to determine if it is a legitimate IRS notice or letter. If it is a legitimate IRS notice or letter, reply if needed. If the caller or party that sent the paper letter is not legitimate, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. You may also fax the notice/letter you received plus any related or supporting information to TIGTA. Note: This is not a toll-free FAX number 1-202-927-7018.

  12. While preparing your tax return for electronic filing, make sure to use a strong password to protect the data file. Once your return has been e-filed, save the file to a CD or flash drive and then delete the personal return information from your hard drive. Store the CD or flash drive in a safe place, such as a lock box or safe. If working with an accountant, you should query them on what measures they take to protect your information.

  13. If you have information about the identity thief that impacted your personal information negatively, file an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The IC3 gives victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. IC3 sends every complaint to one or more law enforcement or regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the matter.

 


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H and r free file Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. H and r free file You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H and r free file The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H and r free file Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. H and r free file No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. H and r free file The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. H and r free file When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. H and r free file New subject areas are added on a regular basis. H and r free file  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. H and r free file gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. H and r free file You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. H and r free file The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. H and r free file When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. H and r free file Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. H and r free file You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. H and r free file Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. H and r free file gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. H and r free file Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. H and r free file Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. H and r free file Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. H and r free file If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. H and r free file Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. H and r free file gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. H and r free file You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H and r free file It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H and r free file Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. H and r free file gov. H and r free file Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. H and r free file gov for more information. H and r free file Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. H and r free file Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. H and r free file gov. H and r free file Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. H and r free file Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. H and r free file gov. H and r free file Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. H and r free file gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. H and r free file Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. H and r free file Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. H and r free file gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. H and r free file An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H and r free file Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. H and r free file gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. H and r free file If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. H and r free file Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H and r free file Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). H and r free file Go to IRS. H and r free file gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. H and r free file Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. H and r free file Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. H and r free file Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. H and r free file Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. H and r free file gov and choose from a variety of options. H and r free file    Phone. H and r free file You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. H and r free file Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H and r free file Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H and r free file gov, or download the IRS2Go app. H and r free file Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. H and r free file The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H and r free file Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. H and r free file Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. H and r free file Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. H and r free file Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. H and r free file If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. H and r free file The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H and r free file Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H and r free file Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. H and r free file The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H and r free file Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. H and r free file Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. H and r free file Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. H and r free file You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H and r free file It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H and r free file Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). H and r free file You should receive your order within 10 business days. H and r free file Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. H and r free file If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. H and r free file Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. H and r free file The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. H and r free file These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. H and r free file    Walk-in. H and r free file You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. H and r free file Products. H and r free file You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. H and r free file Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. H and r free file Services. H and r free file You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. H and r free file An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H and r free file Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. H and r free file gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. H and r free file    Mail. H and r free file You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. H and r free file You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. H and r free file  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H and r free file Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. H and r free file The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. H and r free file Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. H and r free file   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. H and r free file We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. H and r free file You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. H and r free file You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. H and r free file   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. H and r free file Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. H and r free file Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. H and r free file Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. H and r free file We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. H and r free file   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. H and r free file   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. H and r free file If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. H and r free file Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. H and r free file Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. H and r free file Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. H and r free file Small Business Administration The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers training and educational programs, counseling services, financial programs, and contract assistance for small business owners. H and r free file The SBA also has publications and videos on a variety of business topics. H and r free file The following briefly describes assistance provided by the SBA. H and r free file Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). H and r free file   SBDCs provide counseling, training, and technical services to current and prospective small business owners who cannot afford the services of a private consultant. H and r free file Help is available when beginning, improving, or expanding a small business. H and r free file Business Information Centers (BICs). H and r free file   BICs offer a small business reference library, management video tapes, and computer technology to help plan a business. H and r free file BICs also offer one-on-one assistance. H and r free file Individuals who are in business or are interested in starting a business can use BICs as often as they wish at no charge. H and r free file Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). H and r free file   SCORE provides small business counseling and training to current and prospective small business owners. H and r free file SCORE is made up of current and former business people who offer their expertise and knowledge to help people start, manage, and expand a small business. H and r free file SCORE also offers a variety of small business workshops. H and r free file Internet. H and r free file    You can visit the SBA website at www. H and r free file sba. H and r free file gov. H and r free file While visiting the SBA website, you can find a variety of information of interest to small business owners. H and r free file Phone. H and r free file    Call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722) for general information about programs available to assist small business owners. H and r free file Walk-in. H and r free file   You can walk in to a Small Business Development Center or Business Information Center to request assistance with your small business. H and r free file To find the location nearest you, visit the SBA website or call the SBA Answer Desk. H and r free file Other Federal Agencies Other federal agencies also publish publications and pamphlets to assist small businesses. H and r free file Most of these are available from the Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office. H and r free file You can get information and order these publications and pamphlets in several ways. H and r free file Internet. H and r free file   You can visit the GPO website at  www. H and r free file access. H and r free file gpo. H and r free file gov. H and r free file Mail. H and r free file   Write to the GPO at the following address. H and r free file  Superintendent of Documents U. H and r free file S. H and r free file Government Printing Office P. H and r free file O. H and r free file Box 979050 St. H and r free file Louis, MO 63917-9000 Phone. H and r free file   Call the GPO toll-free at 1-866-512-1800 or at 202-512-1800 from the Washington, DC, area. H and r free file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications