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H&r block file 2010 taxes Publication 595 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Introduction Important Reminder Introduction This publication discusses the Capital Construction Fund (CCF). H&r block file 2010 taxes The CCF is a special investment program administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). H&r block file 2010 taxes This program allows fishermen to defer paying income tax on certain income they invest in a CCF account and later use to acquire, build, or rebuild fishing vessels. H&r block file 2010 taxes This publication does not discuss all the tax rules that may apply to your fishing trade or business. H&r block file 2010 taxes For general information about the federal tax laws that apply to individuals, including commercial fishermen, who file Schedule C or C-EZ, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. H&r block file 2010 taxes If your trade or business is a partnership or corporation, see Publication 541, Partnerships, or Publication 542, Corporations. H&r block file 2010 taxes Comments and suggestions. H&r block file 2010 taxes   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can email us at *taxforms@irs. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov. H&r block file 2010 taxes Please put “Publications Comment” on the subject line. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Business Forms and Publications Branch SE:W:CAR:MP:T:B 1111 Constitution Ave. H&r block file 2010 taxes NW, IR-6406 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. H&r block file 2010 taxes Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. H&r block file 2010 taxes Important Reminder Photographs of missing children. H&r block file 2010 taxes  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. H&r block file 2010 taxes Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. H&r block file 2010 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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H&r block file 2010 taxes Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government Payments Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Tax Treaty Benefits Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Other Income Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses Foreign Taxes Local (Foreign) Tax ReturnTax Treaty Benefits Other Agreements Double Withholding How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). H&r block file 2010 taxes U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen or green card holder living or traveling outside the United States, you are generally required to file income tax returns in the same way as those residing in the United States. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. H&r block file 2010 taxes See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. H&r block file 2010 taxes When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. H&r block file 2010 taxes The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. H&r block file 2010 taxes If April 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, your tax return is considered timely filed if it is filed by the next business day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. H&r block file 2010 taxes You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your return is considered filed on time if it is mailed from and officially postmarked in a foreign country on or before the due date (including extensions), or given to a designated international private delivery service before midnight of the last date prescribed for filing. H&r block file 2010 taxes See your tax form instructions for a list of private delivery services that have been designated by the IRS to meet this “timely mailing as timely filing/paying” rule for tax returns and payments. H&r block file 2010 taxes If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. H&r block file 2010 taxes In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. H&r block file 2010 taxes Automatic 2-month extension. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can get an automatic 2-month extension (to June 15, for a calendar year return) to file your return and pay your tax if you are a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen or resident and, on the regular due date of your return, you are living outside the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States and Puerto Rico. H&r block file 2010 taxes To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. H&r block file 2010 taxes You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. H&r block file 2010 taxes Married taxpayers. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. H&r block file 2010 taxes Additional extension. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. H&r block file 2010 taxes You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Generally, you must file it by April 15. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. H&r block file 2010 taxes Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. H&r block file 2010 taxes Payment of tax. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. H&r block file 2010 taxes The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. H&r block file 2010 taxes , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. H&r block file 2010 taxes Even if the late-payment penalty does not apply, you will be charged interest on any unpaid tax liability from the original due date of the return until the tax is paid. H&r block file 2010 taxes Electronic filing. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. H&r block file 2010 taxes See Form 4868 for more information. H&r block file 2010 taxes Limit on additional extensions. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. H&r block file 2010 taxes   For more information, see Publication 54. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. H&r block file 2010 taxes 1 if at any time during the year you had an interest in, or signature or other authority over, a bank account, securities account, or other financial account in a foreign country. H&r block file 2010 taxes This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. H&r block file 2010 taxes Do not include accounts in a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes military banking facility operated by a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes financial institution. H&r block file 2010 taxes File the completed form by June 30 of the following year with the Department of the Treasury at the address shown on that form. H&r block file 2010 taxes Do not attach it to Form 1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. H&r block file 2010 taxes 1 but do not do so, you may have to pay a penalty of up to $10,000 (more if the failure to file is willful). H&r block file 2010 taxes You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. H&r block file 2010 taxes For taxpayers living abroad, you generally do not have to file Form 8938 unless the total value of your specified foreign financial assets is more than $200,000 ($400,000 if married filing jointly) on the last day of the tax year or more than $300,000 ($600,000 if married filing jointly) at any time during the tax year. H&r block file 2010 taxes For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. H&r block file 2010 taxes U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes law. H&r block file 2010 taxes This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes tax. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government are not entitled to the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction under section 911 because “foreign earned income ”does not include amounts paid by the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government as an employee. H&r block file 2010 taxes But see Other Employment, later. H&r block file 2010 taxes Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. H&r block file 2010 taxes U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes agency reimbursed by foreign country. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government employee paid by a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. H&r block file 2010 taxes This is true even if the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. H&r block file 2010 taxes Employees of post exchanges, etc. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, Embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government. H&r block file 2010 taxes This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. H&r block file 2010 taxes These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. H&r block file 2010 taxes Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. H&r block file 2010 taxes Even if you are working in a foreign country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in force and the treaty article that applies to government services says that your government pay is taxable only in the foreign country, the treaty will likely contain a “saving clause”, which provides that the United States may tax its citizens and its residents as if the treaty had not come into effect. H&r block file 2010 taxes In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizens or green card holders. H&r block file 2010 taxes Consequently, if you are a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes tax on your government pay. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are neither a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen nor green card holder, and you are treated as a resident of the treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule), then you may be entitled to benefits under the government service article. H&r block file 2010 taxes Review the treaty text carefully. H&r block file 2010 taxes U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizens must always file Form 1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes Non-U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizens who are treated as a resident of a treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule) may file Form 1040NR and attach Form 8833. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you pay or accrue taxes to the foreign country on your pay, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. H&r block file 2010 taxes Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. H&r block file 2010 taxes Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizens who are residents of a treaty country. H&r block file 2010 taxes For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. H&r block file 2010 taxes Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. H&r block file 2010 taxes The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. H&r block file 2010 taxes Pay differentials. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Generally, pay differentials are given for employment under adverse conditions (such as severe climate) or because the post of duty is located in a hazardous or isolated area that may be outside the United States. H&r block file 2010 taxes The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. H&r block file 2010 taxes Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign areas allowances. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. H&r block file 2010 taxes Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. H&r block file 2010 taxes Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. H&r block file 2010 taxes Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. H&r block file 2010 taxes Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. H&r block file 2010 taxes These allowances cover such expenses as: Certain repairs to a leased home, Education of dependents in special situations, Motor vehicle shipment, Separate maintenance for dependents, Temporary quarters, Transportation for medical treatment, and Travel, moving, and storage. H&r block file 2010 taxes Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. H&r block file 2010 taxes Cost-of-living allowances. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are stationed outside the continental United States or in Alaska, your gross income does not include cost-of-living allowances (other than amounts received under Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act) granted by regulations approved by the President of the United States. H&r block file 2010 taxes The cost-of-living portion of any other allowance (for example, a living and quarters allowance) is not included even if the underlying allowance is included in gross income. H&r block file 2010 taxes Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. H&r block file 2010 taxes Federal court employees. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. H&r block file 2010 taxes The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. H&r block file 2010 taxes American Institute in Taiwan. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes tax if they are equivalent to tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government. H&r block file 2010 taxes Federal reemployment payments after serving with an international organization. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are a federal employee who is reemployed by a federal agency after serving with an international organization, you must include in income any reemployment payments you receive. H&r block file 2010 taxes These payments are equal to the difference between the pay, allowances, post differential, and other monetary benefits paid by the international organization and the pay and other benefits that would have been paid by the federal agency had you been detailed to the international agency. H&r block file 2010 taxes Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   See How To Report Business Expenses, later, for a discussion on whether a reimbursement or allowance for travel or transportation is included in your income. H&r block file 2010 taxes Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are a principal representative of the United States stationed in a foreign country, you do not have to include in income the value of lodging (including utilities) provided to you as an official residence. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, amounts paid by the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes government for your usual costs of operating and maintaining your household are taxable. H&r block file 2010 taxes If amounts are withheld from your pay to cover these expenses, you cannot exclude or deduct those amounts from your income. H&r block file 2010 taxes Peace Corps. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader, some allowances you receive are taxable and others are not. H&r block file 2010 taxes Taxable allowances. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The following allowances must be included on your Form W-2 and reported on your return as wages. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are a volunteer leader, allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are training in the United States. H&r block file 2010 taxes The part of living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. H&r block file 2010 taxes This is the part for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes Leave allowances. H&r block file 2010 taxes Readjustment allowances or “termination payments. H&r block file 2010 taxes ” Taxable allowances are considered received by you when credited to your account. H&r block file 2010 taxes Example. H&r block file 2010 taxes Gary Carpenter, a Peace Corps volunteer, gets $175 a month during his period of service, to be paid to him in a lump sum at the end of his tour of duty. H&r block file 2010 taxes Although the allowance is not available to him until the end of his service, Gary must include it in his income on a monthly basis as it is credited to his account. H&r block file 2010 taxes Nontaxable allowances. H&r block file 2010 taxes   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. H&r block file 2010 taxes These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. H&r block file 2010 taxes These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. H&r block file 2010 taxes Other Income Other employment. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If, in addition to your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes government pay, you receive income from a private employer or self-employment, you may qualify to claim the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing exclusion and deduction under section 911 based on this other income provided you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. H&r block file 2010 taxes In addition, if your spouse is a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen or resident alien who earns income in a foreign country that is paid by a private employer or is from self-employment, he or she may also qualify for the exclusion or the deduction. H&r block file 2010 taxes For more information, see Publication 54. H&r block file 2010 taxes The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. H&r block file 2010 taxes As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizen or if you are a resident of the United States under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule). H&r block file 2010 taxes Sale of personal property. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you have a gain from the sale of your personal property (such as an automobile or a home appliance), whether directly or through a favorable exchange rate in converting the proceeds to U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. H&r block file 2010 taxes Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, losses from sales of your personal property, whether directly or through an unfavorable exchange rate, are not deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes Sale of your home. H&r block file 2010 taxes   All or part of the gain on the sale of your main home, within or outside the United States, may be taxable. H&r block file 2010 taxes Losses are not deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You may be able to exclude from income any gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return). H&r block file 2010 taxes Generally, you must have owned and used the home as your main residence for two of the five years preceding the date of sale. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can choose to have the 5-year test period for ownership and use suspended during any period you or your spouse is serving on qualified official extended duty as a member of the Foreign Service of the United States, as an employee of the intelligence community, or as an employee or volunteer of the Peace Corps. H&r block file 2010 taxes   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. H&r block file 2010 taxes Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. H&r block file 2010 taxes Travel Expenses Subject to certain limits, you can deduct your unreimbursed ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home in connection with the performance of your official duties. H&r block file 2010 taxes These expenses include such items as travel costs, meals, lodging, baggage charges, local transportation costs (such as taxi fares), tips, and dry cleaning and laundry fees. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your home for tax purposes (tax home) is your regular post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your tax home is not limited to the Embassy, consulate, or duty station. H&r block file 2010 taxes It includes the entire city or general area in which your principal place of employment is located. H&r block file 2010 taxes Traveling away from home. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You are traveling away from home if you meet both of the following requirements. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. H&r block file 2010 taxes You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. H&r block file 2010 taxes This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. H&r block file 2010 taxes You do not have to be away from your tax home for a whole day or from dusk to dawn as long as your relief from duty is long enough to get necessary sleep or rest. H&r block file 2010 taxes Temporary assignment. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. H&r block file 2010 taxes You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes Generally, a temporary assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for one year or less. H&r block file 2010 taxes   However, if your assignment or job is indefinite, the location of the assignment or job becomes your new tax home and you cannot deduct your travel expenses while there. H&r block file 2010 taxes An assignment or job in a single location is considered indefinite if it is realistically expected to last for more than one year, whether or not it actually lasts for more than one year. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you expect employment to last for one year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. H&r block file 2010 taxes Employment that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. H&r block file 2010 taxes A series of assignments to the same location, all for short periods but that together cover a long period, may be considered an indefinite assignment. H&r block file 2010 taxes Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than one year. H&r block file 2010 taxes This exception to the one-year rule applies if the Attorney General certifies that you are traveling for the federal government in a temporary duty status to prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of, a federal crime. H&r block file 2010 taxes Limit on meals and entertainment. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government expense allowance arrangement. H&r block file 2010 taxes Individuals subject to hours of service limits. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct 80% of your unreimbursed business-related meal expenses if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's hours of service limits. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. H&r block file 2010 taxes Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. H&r block file 2010 taxes Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. H&r block file 2010 taxes Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. H&r block file 2010 taxes Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. H&r block file 2010 taxes Primary purpose of trip must be for business. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. H&r block file 2010 taxes This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. H&r block file 2010 taxes Expenses paid for others. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. H&r block file 2010 taxes Home leave. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The Foreign Service Act requires U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. H&r block file 2010 taxes This period is called “home leave” and can be used to take care of certain personal matters such as medical and dental checkups, buying a new wardrobe, and visiting relatives. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The amounts paid for your travel, meals, and lodging while on home leave are deductible as travel or business expenses subject to the rules and limits discussed earlier. H&r block file 2010 taxes You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. H&r block file 2010 taxes Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes More information. H&r block file 2010 taxes   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. H&r block file 2010 taxes Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. H&r block file 2010 taxes They do not include expenses you have when traveling away from home overnight. H&r block file 2010 taxes Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed earlier. H&r block file 2010 taxes Commuting. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You cannot deduct your transportation costs of going between your home and your regular business location. H&r block file 2010 taxes These costs are personal commuting expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you have one or more regular business locations but must work at a temporary location, you can deduct the costs of commuting to that temporary place of work. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you work at two or more places in the same day, you can deduct your expenses of getting from one place of work to the other. H&r block file 2010 taxes More information. H&r block file 2010 taxes   For more information on transportation expenses, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. H&r block file 2010 taxes Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. H&r block file 2010 taxes Membership dues. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. H&r block file 2010 taxes Subscriptions. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. H&r block file 2010 taxes Educational expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct educational expenses as business expenses if the education: Maintains or improves skills needed in your present position, or Meets the express requirements of your agency to keep your present position, salary, or status. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You cannot deduct educational expenses as business expenses if the education: Is needed to enable you to meet minimum educational requirements for qualification in your present position, Is a part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new position, or Is for travel as a form of education. H&r block file 2010 taxes These rules apply even if the education is required by your agency or it maintains or improves skills required in your work. H&r block file 2010 taxes   See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on educational expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, you may be eligible for other tax benefits such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits; contributions to a Coverdell education savings account or qualified tuition program; deduction for student loan interest; and exclusion from income of certain savings bond interest. H&r block file 2010 taxes These benefits are explained in Publication 970. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign service representation expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are an employee of the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign Service and your position requires you to establish and maintain favorable relations in foreign countries, you may receive a nontaxable allowance for representation expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes If your expenses are more than the allowance you receive, you can deduct the excess expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you meet one of the following conditions. H&r block file 2010 taxes You have a certificate from the Secretary of State attesting that the expenses were incurred for the benefit of the United States, and would be reimbursable under appropriate legislation if the agency had sufficient funds for these reimbursements. H&r block file 2010 taxes The expenses, while specifically not reimbursable under State Department regulations, were ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of your official duties. H&r block file 2010 taxes    To deduct any expenses for travel, entertainment, and gifts, including those certified by the Secretary of State, you must meet the rules for recordkeeping and accounting to your employer. H&r block file 2010 taxes These rules are explained in Publication 463. H&r block file 2010 taxes Representation expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. H&r block file 2010 taxes They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. H&r block file 2010 taxes They generally do not include costs of passenger vehicles (such as cars or aircraft), printing or engraving, membership fees, or amounts a principal representative must pay personally to cover the usual costs of operating and maintaining an official residence. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes These regulations are available on the Internet at www. H&r block file 2010 taxes state. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov/m/a/als. H&r block file 2010 taxes Look under “Standardized Regulations (DSSR)” and click on “DSSR Table of Contents. H&r block file 2010 taxes ” Publication 463 and Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as ordinary and necessary business expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes Impairment-related work expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are an employee with a physical or mental disability, you can deduct attendant-care services at your place of work and other expenses in connection with work that are necessary for you to be able to work. H&r block file 2010 taxes Attendant care includes a reader for a blind person and a helper for a person with a physical disability. H&r block file 2010 taxes These expenses are reported on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carried to Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block file 2010 taxes They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. H&r block file 2010 taxes Loss on conversion of U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes dollars into foreign currency. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The conversion of U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes dollars into foreign currency at an official rate of exchange that is not as favorable as the free market rate does not result in a deductible loss. H&r block file 2010 taxes Recordkeeping Rules If you claim a deduction for unreimbursed business expenses, you must keep timely and adequate records of all your business expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes For example, you must keep records and supporting evidence to prove the following elements about deductions for travel expenses (including meals and lodging while away from home). H&r block file 2010 taxes The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. H&r block file 2010 taxes You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. H&r block file 2010 taxes For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. H&r block file 2010 taxes The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. H&r block file 2010 taxes The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. H&r block file 2010 taxes How to record your expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. H&r block file 2010 taxes They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes You do not need to duplicate information in an account book or diary that is shown on a receipt as long as your records and receipts complement each other in an orderly manner. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can make one daily entry for categories such as taxi fares, telephone calls, meals while away from home, gas and oil, and other incidental costs of travel. H&r block file 2010 taxes You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. H&r block file 2010 taxes    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. H&r block file 2010 taxes It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. H&r block file 2010 taxes Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. H&r block file 2010 taxes It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. H&r block file 2010 taxes    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. H&r block file 2010 taxes You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your records must be timely. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. H&r block file 2010 taxes A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. H&r block file 2010 taxes Confidential information. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You do not need to put confidential information relating to an element of a deductible expense (such as the place, business purpose, or business relationship) in your account book, diary, or other record. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, you do have to record the information elsewhere at or near the time of the expense and have it available to fully prove that element of the expense. H&r block file 2010 taxes How To Report Business Expenses As a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government employee, your business expense reimbursements are generally paid under an accountable plan and are not included in your wages on your Form W-2. H&r block file 2010 taxes If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, if you do not account to your employer for a travel advance or if you do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the advance (or excess) will be included in your wages on your Form W-2. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot deduct the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. H&r block file 2010 taxes Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes Generally, you must include all of your expenses and reimbursements on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carry your allowable expense to Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block file 2010 taxes Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. H&r block file 2010 taxes Form 2106-EZ. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. H&r block file 2010 taxes You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. H&r block file 2010 taxes ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. H&r block file 2010 taxes Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes Moving Expenses If you changed job locations or started a new job, you may be able to deduct the reasonable expenses of moving yourself, your family, and your household goods and personal effects to your new home. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government employee. H&r block file 2010 taxes To deduct moving expenses, your move must be closely related to the start of work and you must meet the distance test and the time test. H&r block file 2010 taxes Closely related to the start of work. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. H&r block file 2010 taxes In general, you must have incurred your moving expenses within one year from the time you first report to your new job or business. H&r block file 2010 taxes   A move generally is not considered closely related in place to the start of work if the distance from your new home to the new job location is more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. H&r block file 2010 taxes A move that does not meet this requirement may qualify if you can show that you must live at the new home as a condition of employment, or you will spend less time or money commuting from the new home to the new job. H&r block file 2010 taxes Distance test. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. H&r block file 2010 taxes Time test. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location. H&r block file 2010 taxes Deductible moving expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Moving expenses that can be deducted include the reasonable costs of: Moving household goods and personal effects (including packing, crating, in-transit storage, and insurance) of both you and members of your household, and Transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household for one trip from your former home to your new home (including costs of getting passports). H&r block file 2010 taxes    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. H&r block file 2010 taxes For a foreign move, the costs also include expenses of storing the goods and effects for part or all of the period that your new job location abroad continues to be your main job location. H&r block file 2010 taxes Expenses must be reasonable. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. H&r block file 2010 taxes For example, the costs of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation. H&r block file 2010 taxes Members of your household. H&r block file 2010 taxes   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. H&r block file 2010 taxes It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. H&r block file 2010 taxes Retirees. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct the costs of moving to the United States when you permanently retire if both your former main job location and former home were outside the United States and its possessions. H&r block file 2010 taxes You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. H&r block file 2010 taxes Survivors. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct moving expenses for a move to the United States if you are the spouse or dependent of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States and its possessions. H&r block file 2010 taxes The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. H&r block file 2010 taxes It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. H&r block file 2010 taxes You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. H&r block file 2010 taxes How to report moving expenses. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. H&r block file 2010 taxes Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. H&r block file 2010 taxes ) Reimbursements. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. H&r block file 2010 taxes You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. H&r block file 2010 taxes Additional information. H&r block file 2010 taxes   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. H&r block file 2010 taxes Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. H&r block file 2010 taxes Contributions. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. H&r block file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. H&r block file 2010 taxes For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. H&r block file 2010 taxes Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. H&r block file 2010 taxes You must reduce the amount of each deduction that would otherwise be allowable by the amount of each expense that is related to the tax-free allowance. H&r block file 2010 taxes Example. H&r block file 2010 taxes Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. H&r block file 2010 taxes During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. H&r block file 2010 taxes His expenses for this home totaled $8,400 and consisted of mortgage principal ($500), insurance ($400), real estate taxes ($1,400), mortgage interest ($4,000), and utility costs ($2,100). H&r block file 2010 taxes Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. H&r block file 2010 taxes Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. H&r block file 2010 taxes He figures a reasonable way to reduce them is to multiply them by a fraction: its numerator is $6,300 (the total housing and utility allowance) and its denominator is $8,400 (the total of all payments to which the housing and utility allowance applies). H&r block file 2010 taxes The result is 3/4. H&r block file 2010 taxes Adam reduces his otherwise allowable home mortgage interest deduction by $3,000 (the $4,000 he paid ×3/4) and his otherwise allowable real estate tax deduction by $1,050 (the $1,400 he paid × 3/4). H&r block file 2010 taxes He can deduct $1,000 of his mortgage interest ($4,000 − $3,000) and $350 of his real estate taxes ($1,400 − $1,050) when he itemizes his deductions. H&r block file 2010 taxes Exception to the reduction. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance as a member of the military or the clergy, you do not have to reduce your deductions for real estate tax and home mortgage interest expenses you are otherwise entitled to deduct. H&r block file 2010 taxes Required statement. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance and have real estate tax or home mortgage interest expenses, attach a statement to your tax return. H&r block file 2010 taxes The statement must contain all of the following information. H&r block file 2010 taxes The amount of each type of tax-free income you received, such as a tax-free housing allowance or tax-free representation allowance. H&r block file 2010 taxes The amount of otherwise deductible expenses attributable to each type of tax-free income. H&r block file 2010 taxes The amount attributable to each type of tax-free income that was not directly attributable to that type of tax-free income. H&r block file 2010 taxes An explanation of how you determined the amounts not directly attributable to each type of tax-free income. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The statement must also indicate that none of the amounts deducted on your return are in any way attributable to tax-free income. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign Taxes If you pay or accrue taxes to a foreign government, you generally can choose to either claim them as a credit against your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes income tax liability or deduct them as an itemized deduction when figuring your taxable income. H&r block file 2010 taxes Do not include the foreign taxes paid or accrued as withheld income taxes in the Payments section of Form 1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign tax credit. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Your foreign tax credit is subject to a limit based on your taxable income from foreign sources. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you choose to figure a credit against your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes tax liability for the foreign taxes, you generally must complete Form 1116 and attach it to your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes income tax return. H&r block file 2010 taxes    You cannot claim a credit for foreign taxes paid on amounts excluded from gross income under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. H&r block file 2010 taxes If all your foreign income is exempt from U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes tax, you will not be able to claim a foreign tax credit. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If, because of the limit on the credit, you cannot use the full amount of qualified foreign taxes paid or accrued in the tax year, you are allowed to carry the excess back 1 year and then forward 10 years. H&r block file 2010 taxes Exemption from limit. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can elect to not be subject to the foreign tax limit if you meet all the following conditions. H&r block file 2010 taxes Your only foreign income is passive income, such as interest, dividends, and royalties. H&r block file 2010 taxes The total of all your foreign taxes is not more than $300 ($600 for joint tax returns). H&r block file 2010 taxes The foreign income and taxes are reported to you on a payee statement, such as Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or 1099-INT, Interest Income. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you make the election, you can claim a foreign tax credit without filing Form 1116. H&r block file 2010 taxes However, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. H&r block file 2010 taxes See the instructions for the appropriate line in the Tax and Credits section of Form 1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes Foreign tax deduction. H&r block file 2010 taxes   If you choose to deduct all foreign income taxes on your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes income tax return, itemize the deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on income you exclude under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. H&r block file 2010 taxes Example. H&r block file 2010 taxes Dennis and Christina are married and live and work in Country X. H&r block file 2010 taxes Dennis works for the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government and Christina is employed by a private company. H&r block file 2010 taxes They pay income tax to Country X on Christina's income only. H&r block file 2010 taxes Dennis and Christina file a joint tax return and exclude all of Christina's income. H&r block file 2010 taxes They cannot claim a foreign tax credit or take a deduction for the taxes paid to Country X. H&r block file 2010 taxes Deduction for other foreign taxes. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes paid to a foreign country. H&r block file 2010 taxes   You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. H&r block file 2010 taxes You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). H&r block file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct other foreign taxes, such as personal property taxes, unless you incurred the expenses in a trade or business or in the production of income. H&r block file 2010 taxes More information. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The foreign tax credit and deduction, their limits, and carryback and carryover provisions are discussed in detail in Publication 514. H&r block file 2010 taxes Local (Foreign) Tax Return As a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government employee, you are expected to observe and fulfill all tax obligations imposed by the host country government. H&r block file 2010 taxes Check with local tax authorities to determine whether you are considered a tax resident of your host country, whether you are required to file a host country tax return and whether you owe taxes to the host country. H&r block file 2010 taxes Tax Treaty Benefits As discussed earlier, most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. H&r block file 2010 taxes Review the treaty text carefully to determine whether your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Government remuneration is taxable in the host country. H&r block file 2010 taxes You will first have to determine whether you are a resident of your host country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule). H&r block file 2010 taxes If you or your spouse receives income from a private employer or self-employment, review the tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services to determine whether that income is taxable in the host country. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you pay or accrue taxes to both the host country and the United States, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. H&r block file 2010 taxes Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. H&r block file 2010 taxes Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes citizens who are residents of a treaty country. H&r block file 2010 taxes For more information about the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, earlier. H&r block file 2010 taxes Other Agreements The United States may be a party to agreements other than income tax treaties that may affect your tax obligations to the host country. H&r block file 2010 taxes For example, consular employees may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations or bilateral consular agreements. H&r block file 2010 taxes Similarly, certain diplomatic staff may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. H&r block file 2010 taxes Check with the appropriate U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Embassy for more information. H&r block file 2010 taxes Double Withholding If your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes government pay is subject to withholding in both the United States and the foreign country, you may reduce the amount of U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes tax that is withheld from your pay if you expect to be entitled to a foreign tax credit on your U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes income tax return on this income. H&r block file 2010 taxes Complete Worksheet 1-6 in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, to determine how to revise Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. H&r block file 2010 taxes How To Get Tax Help You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. H&r block file 2010 taxes By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. H&r block file 2010 taxes Free help with your tax return. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. H&r block file 2010 taxes The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-moderate income, elderly, disabled, and limited English proficient taxpayers. H&r block file 2010 taxes The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r block file 2010 taxes Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. H&r block file 2010 taxes Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. H&r block file 2010 taxes To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. H&r block file 2010 taxes To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. H&r block file 2010 taxes aarp. H&r block file 2010 taxes org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. H&r block file 2010 taxes   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. H&r block file 2010 taxes Internet. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can access the IRS website at IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. H&r block file 2010 taxes Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. H&r block file 2010 taxes Check the status of your 2012 refund. H&r block file 2010 taxes Go to IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov and click on Where’s My Refund. H&r block file 2010 taxes Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). H&r block file 2010 taxes Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. H&r block file 2010 taxes Where's My Refund? has a new look this year! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through three stages: (1) return received, (2) refund approved, and (3) refund sent. H&r block file 2010 taxes Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 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H&r block file 2010 taxes Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. H&r block file 2010 taxes Outside the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are outside the United States, taxpayer assistance is available at the following U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S Embassies or consulate. H&r block file 2010 taxes Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3834 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0476 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555 Please contact the office for times when assistance will be available. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you cannot get to one of these offices, taxpayer assistance is available at (267) 941-1000 (not a toll free call). H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are in a U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Virgin Islands) and have a tax question, you can call 1-800-829-1040. H&r block file 2010 taxes Evaluating the quality of our telephone services. H&r block file 2010 taxes To ensure IRS representatives give accurate, courteous, and professional answers, we use several methods to evaluate the quality of our telephone services. H&r block file 2010 taxes One method is for a second IRS representative to listen in on or record random telephone calls. H&r block file 2010 taxes Another is to ask some callers to complete a short survey at the end of the call. H&r block file 2010 taxes Walk-in. H&r block file 2010 taxes Some products and services are available on a walk-in basis. H&r block file 2010 taxes   Products. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. H&r block file 2010 taxes Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. H&r block file 2010 taxes Also, some IRS offices and libraries have the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, Internal Revenue Bulletins, and Cumulative Bulletins available for research purposes. H&r block file 2010 taxes Services. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. H&r block file 2010 taxes An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. H&r block file 2010 taxes No appointment is necessary—just walk in. H&r block file 2010 taxes Before visiting, check www. H&r block file 2010 taxes irs. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you have an ongoing, complex tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, an appointment can be requested by calling your local TAC. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can leave a message and a representative will call you back within 2 business days. H&r block file 2010 taxes All other issues will be handled without an appointment. H&r block file 2010 taxes To call your local TAC, go to  www. H&r block file 2010 taxes irs. H&r block file 2010 taxes gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H&r block file 2010 taxes Outside the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are outside the United States during the filing period (January to mid-June), you can get the necessary federal tax forms and publications from most U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes Embassies and consulates. H&r block file 2010 taxes Mail. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. H&r block file 2010 taxes You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. H&r block file 2010 taxes  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H&r block file 2010 taxes Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Outside the U. H&r block file 2010 taxes S. H&r block file 2010 taxes If you are outside the United States, you can get tax assistance by writing to the address below. H&r block file 2010 taxes  Internal Revenue Service International Accounts Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Taxpayer Advocate Service. H&r block file 2010 taxes   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes Its job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights. H&r block file 2010 taxes TAS offers free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven’t been able to solve on your own. H&r block file 2010 taxes Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. H&r block file 2010 taxes   TAS can help if you can’t resolve your problem with the IRS and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. H&r block file 2010 taxes You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. H&r block file 2010 taxes You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS has not responded to you by the date promised. 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H&r block file 2010 taxes If you live outside of the United States, you can call the Taxpayer Advocate at (787) 522-8601 in English or (787) 522-8600 in Spanish. H&r block file 2010 taxes You can contact the Taxpayer Advocate at: Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service City View Plaza, 48 Carr 165, Suite 2000 Guaynabo, P. H&r block file 2010 taxes R. H&r block file 2010 taxes 00968-8000 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). H&r block file 2010 taxes   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS. H&r block file 2010 taxes Some clinics serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve a tax problem. H&r block file 2010 taxes These clinics provide professional representation before the IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection disputes, and other issues for free or for a small fee. 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