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How to amend 2010 taxes Publication 509 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. How to amend 2010 taxes Tax questions. How to amend 2010 taxes Background Information for Using the Tax CalendarsElectronic deposit requirement. How to amend 2010 taxes Legal holidays. How to amend 2010 taxes Statewide legal holidays. How to amend 2010 taxes Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 509, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/pub509. How to amend 2010 taxes What's New Publication 1518 discontinued after 2013. How to amend 2010 taxes  Publication 1518, IRS Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed, is discontinued after 2013. How to amend 2010 taxes An IRS Tax Calendar and most of the information previously contained in Publication 1518 can be found at www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/taxcalendar. How to amend 2010 taxes Reminders Photographs of missing children. How to amend 2010 taxes  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. How to amend 2010 taxes Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. How to amend 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. How to amend 2010 taxes Introduction A tax calendar is a 12-month calendar divided into quarters. How to amend 2010 taxes The calendar gives specific due dates for: Filing tax forms, Paying taxes, and Taking other actions required by federal tax law. How to amend 2010 taxes What does this publication contain?   This publication contains the following. How to amend 2010 taxes A section on how to use the tax calendars. How to amend 2010 taxes Three tax calendars: General Tax Calendar, Employer's Tax Calendar, and Excise Tax Calendar. How to amend 2010 taxes A table showing the semiweekly deposit due dates for payroll taxes for 2014. How to amend 2010 taxes   Most of the due dates discussed in this publication are also included in the IRS Tax Calendar available at www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/taxcalendar. How to amend 2010 taxes Who should use this publication?   Primarily, employers need to use this publication. How to amend 2010 taxes However, the General Tax Calendar has important due dates for all businesses and individuals. How to amend 2010 taxes Anyone who must pay excise taxes may need the Excise Tax Calendar . How to amend 2010 taxes What are the advantages of using a tax calendar?   The following are advantages of using a calendar. How to amend 2010 taxes You do not have to figure the due dates yourself. How to amend 2010 taxes You can file or pay timely and avoid penalties. How to amend 2010 taxes You do not have to adjust the due dates for Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. How to amend 2010 taxes You do not have to adjust the due dates for special banking rules if you use the Employer's Tax Calendar or Excise Tax Calendar . How to amend 2010 taxes Which calendar(s) should I use?   To decide which calendar(s) to use, first look at the General Tax Calendar and highlight the dates that apply to you. How to amend 2010 taxes If you are an employer, also use the Employer's Tax Calendar . How to amend 2010 taxes If you must pay excise taxes, use the Excise Tax Calendar . How to amend 2010 taxes Depending on your situation, you may need to use more than one calendar. How to amend 2010 taxes Table 1. How to amend 2010 taxes Useful Publications IF you are. How to amend 2010 taxes . How to amend 2010 taxes . How to amend 2010 taxes THEN you may need. How to amend 2010 taxes . How to amend 2010 taxes . How to amend 2010 taxes An employer • Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. How to amend 2010 taxes  • Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. How to amend 2010 taxes  • Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. How to amend 2010 taxes  • Publication 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide. How to amend 2010 taxes A farmer • Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. How to amend 2010 taxes  • Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide. How to amend 2010 taxes An individual • Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. How to amend 2010 taxes Required to pay excise taxes • Publication 510, Excise Taxes. How to amend 2010 taxes What is not in these calendars?   The calendars do not cover the employment or excise tax deposit rules. How to amend 2010 taxes You can find the deposit rules for employment taxes in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. How to amend 2010 taxes The deposit rules for excise taxes are in Publication 510, Excise Taxes, and in the Instructions for Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return. How to amend 2010 taxes In addition, the calendars do not cover filing forms and other requirements for: Estate taxes, Gift taxes, Trusts, Exempt organizations, Certain types of corporations, or Foreign partnerships. How to amend 2010 taxes What other publications and tax forms will I need?   Table 1 lists other publications you may need to order. How to amend 2010 taxes Each calendar lists the forms you may need. How to amend 2010 taxes   See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting publications and forms. How to amend 2010 taxes Comments and suggestions. How to amend 2010 taxes   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. How to amend 2010 taxes   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. How to amend 2010 taxes NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. How to amend 2010 taxes Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. How to amend 2010 taxes   You can send us comments from www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/formspubs. How to amend 2010 taxes Click on More Information and then click on Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. How to amend 2010 taxes   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our forms and publications. How to amend 2010 taxes Ordering forms and publications. How to amend 2010 taxes   Visit www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/formspubs to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. How to amend 2010 taxes Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. How to amend 2010 taxes Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. How to amend 2010 taxes   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. How to amend 2010 taxes gov or call 1-800-829-1040. How to amend 2010 taxes We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. How to amend 2010 taxes Background Information for Using the Tax Calendars The following brief explanations may be helpful to you in using the tax calendars. How to amend 2010 taxes IRS e-services make taxes easier. How to amend 2010 taxes   Now more than ever before, businesses can enjoy the benefits of filing and paying their federal taxes electronically. How to amend 2010 taxes Whether you rely on a tax professional or handle your own taxes, the IRS offers you convenient programs to make taxes easier. How to amend 2010 taxes    You can e-file your Form 1040; certain business tax returns such as Forms 1120, 1120S, and 1065; certain employment tax returns such as Forms 940 and 941; certain excise tax returns such as Forms 720, 2290, and 8849; and Form 1099 and other information returns. How to amend 2010 taxes Visit www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/efile for more information. How to amend 2010 taxes You can pay taxes online or by phone using the Electronic Federal Tax Payments System (EFTPS). How to amend 2010 taxes For detailed information about using this free service, see Electronic deposit requirement below. How to amend 2010 taxes   Use these electronic options to make filing and paying taxes easier. How to amend 2010 taxes For more information on electronic payments, visit the IRS website at www. How to amend 2010 taxes irs. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/e-pay. How to amend 2010 taxes Tax deposits. How to amend 2010 taxes   Some taxes can be paid with the return on which they are reported. How to amend 2010 taxes However, in many cases, you have to deposit the tax before the due date for filing the return. How to amend 2010 taxes Tax deposits are figured for periods of time that are shorter than the time period covered by the return. How to amend 2010 taxes See Publication 15 (Circular E) for the employment tax deposit rules. How to amend 2010 taxes For the excise tax deposit rules, see Publication 510 or the Instructions for Form 720. How to amend 2010 taxes    Electronic deposit requirement. How to amend 2010 taxes   You must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits (such as deposits of employment tax, excise tax, and corporate income tax). How to amend 2010 taxes Generally, electronic fund transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). How to amend 2010 taxes EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. How to amend 2010 taxes If you do not want to use EFTPS, you can arrange for your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other trusted third party to make electronic deposits on your behalf. How to amend 2010 taxes   To get more information or to enroll in EFTPS, call 1-800-555-4477 (business), 1-800-316-6541 (individual), or 1-800-733-4829 (TDD/TTY). How to amend 2010 taxes You can also visit the EFTPS website at www. How to amend 2010 taxes eftps. How to amend 2010 taxes gov. How to amend 2010 taxes Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: A Guide to Getting Started. How to amend 2010 taxes    If you fail to timely, properly, and in full make your federal tax deposit, you may be subject to a failure-to-deposit penalty. How to amend 2010 taxes For an EFTPS deposit to be on time, you must initiate the deposit by 8 p. How to amend 2010 taxes m. How to amend 2010 taxes Eastern time the day before the date the deposit is due. How to amend 2010 taxes Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. How to amend 2010 taxes   Generally, if a due date for performing any act for tax purposes falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the act is considered to be performed timely if it is performed no later than the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. How to amend 2010 taxes The term legal holiday means any legal holiday in the District of Columbia. How to amend 2010 taxes The calendars provided in this publication make the adjustment for Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. How to amend 2010 taxes But you must make any adjustments for statewide legal holidays, as discussed next. How to amend 2010 taxes An exception to this rule for certain excise taxes is noted later under the Excise Tax Calendar. How to amend 2010 taxes Legal holidays. How to amend 2010 taxes   Legal holidays for 2014 are listed below. How to amend 2010 taxes January 1— New Year's Day January 20— Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. How to amend 2010 taxes / Inauguration Day February 17— Washington's Birthday April 16— District of Columbia Emancipation Day May 26— Memorial Day July 4— Independence Day September 1— Labor Day October 13— Columbus Day November 11— Veterans Day November 27— Thanksgiving Day December 25— Christmas Day Statewide legal holidays. How to amend 2010 taxes   A statewide legal holiday delays a due date for filing a return only if the IRS office where you are required to file is located in that state. How to amend 2010 taxes A statewide legal holiday does not delay a due date for making a federal tax deposit. How to amend 2010 taxes Extended due date for Forms 1098, 1099, and W-2 if filed electronically. How to amend 2010 taxes   If you file Forms 1098, 1099, or W-2 electronically, your due date for filing them with the IRS or the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be extended to March 31. How to amend 2010 taxes   For 2014, the due date for giving the recipient these forms is January 31. How to amend 2010 taxes   For information about filing Forms 1098, 1099, or W-2G electronically, see Publication 1220, Specifications for Filing Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, 8935, and W-2G Electronically. How to amend 2010 taxes For information about filing Form W-2 electronically with the SSA, visit www. How to amend 2010 taxes ssa. How to amend 2010 taxes gov/employer or call 1-800-772-6270. How to amend 2010 taxes Penalties. How to amend 2010 taxes   Whenever possible, you should take action before the listed due date. How to amend 2010 taxes If you are late, you may have to pay a penalty as well as interest on any overdue taxes. How to amend 2010 taxes   Be sure to follow all the tax laws that apply to you. How to amend 2010 taxes In addition to civil penalties, criminal penalties may be imposed for intentionally not paying taxes, for intentionally filing a false return, or for not filing a required return. How to amend 2010 taxes Use of private delivery services. How to amend 2010 taxes   You can use certain private delivery services designated by the IRS to meet the timely mailing as timely filing/paying rule for tax returns and payments. How to amend 2010 taxes These private delivery services include only the following. 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Updated: Common Input Issues

Many common issues are easy to resolve by following the instructions below. The most frequent issue involves data entry errors.  Please review your return closely before e-filing.  Because Free File Fillable Forms is basic, you must follow the instructions exactly and enter data only on the lines indicated.

Below you will find a few more general tips for successful e-filing and then some more specific issues currently trending for Free File Fillable Forms:

General Tips

  • Many issues can be resolved by simply using the “tab” key which ensures you will see all the data boxes. For example, when you use the tab key, you will see the MI box for your middle initial on the top of the Form 1040.
  • Use the state drop down box in the address field and enter zip code in appropriate box.
  • Check all your data entries before attempting to e-file.
  • Check your social security numbers for accuracy.  Is your dependent’s SSN correct? Is your SSN correct on the Form W2, Box A, Employee’s SSN?
  • Do not use zero “0” in any field unless instructed to do so.
  • If you’re getting a refund by direct deposit, double check your financial account and routing numbers; the routing number must be nine digits.  Be sure to select checking or savings. 
  • Check your withholdings; make sure your W-2 statement withholdings match the amount on your 1040.
  • Check the withholding amount entered Step 2, Section 1 and make sure it equals the amount in Step 2, Section 2, Box A.
  • Verify your identity. Do not guess at your prior year Adjusted Gross Income. This is the most common error we see. If you don’t remember your AGI, you must get an electronic filing PIN at IRS.gov or call 1-866-704-7388.
  • If your filing status is Married Filing Jointly, make sure to include all information for your spouse, especially Step 2 requirements for identify verification and signing the return electronically.
  •  Whenever you’re entering your information on a form or schedule in Free File Fillable Forms and you have a question, just select the button, "Instructions For This Form," at the bottom of the screen.

Specific Issues

I didn’t get the email confirming that my Free File Fillable Forms return was accepted or rejected

  • First, check your email spam/junk folder. 
  • If it’s not there, take the following steps: Return to your Free File Fillable Forms account. (Either through IRS.gov/freefile or freefilefillableforms.com.) 
  • Select “Get E-File Status” from upper left column. If there is no status update, log-on to your account and review your return for accuracy  
  • CAUTION: Make sure to place the current date ("Today's Date") in Step 2, Section 4, Signing This Year's Return
  • Next, select  “E-File Now” button to resubmit.  
  • If your return was successfully e-filed, you will receive 2 emails: one from freefilefillableforms.com saying it was received and a second one from freefilefillableform.com saying it was accepted or rejected by the IRS. If you do not receive these two emails, you have not successfully transmitted your return.

I got this message: Business Rule X0000-005 - The XML data has failed schema validation

This currently is the second most common error we see, and it’s not as scary as it sounds. You will receive this message when there is a data entry error. This is a simple correction.

  • First, your message will identify the form and line number where the error occurred on your return.
  • Look for one of two key phrases in the error message.
  • If you see the phrase “is expected” that means you left blank a required field.
  • If you see the phrase “not facet-valid with” that means you made an entry in the wrong format, i.e. you used a number where it should be blank, or used a description not allowed in the field.
  • For more information, see our Rejected return help page.

“Do the Math” won’t work

Most often, your form is missing data that the program considers necessary to perform the calculation. Use the “tab” key and double check your entries.

Here's a list of some common problems taxpayers have encountered and possible solutions. 

  • 1040 (Form) Line 44 Tax - You must look up your tax in the tax tables and follow the IRS instructions to manually enter an amount on this line.  Don’t forget this step.
  • Schedule 8812 Additional Child Tax Credit, Lines 9, 11, 12 and 13 - You must complete all the prior required lines, including the buttons on line 6, before these lines will calculate.   Check your entries before you e-file.
  • Form 8863, Education Credits (Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits, Line 15 - You are required to complete Part 1. If instructed to put a zero on a line, you must put a zero on that line.
  • Schedule A, Itemized Deductions
    • Line 23 - The amount for this line is populated from the amount(s) you enter in the grey areas under the words, ‘list type and amount’. There are two lines under these words and two fields on each line. The first field is for a description of the ‘Other Expense’ deduction and the second field is for the amount. Enter the description and corresponding amount and ‘Do the math’ will calculate an amount for line 23.
    • Line 29 - Don't forget to manually enter the total amount for your Itemized Deductions on line 29 of the Schedule A.  Line 29 is not a Do the Math calculated field.  Select the “Yes” or “No” button for line 29 and follow the Schedule A instructions for entering an amount on the line 29.  If your answer is No,  Is Form 1040 line 38 over $150,000, then add up all the column amounts, lines 4 through 28, on the Sch A and enter the total amount on line 29.  Check your math.  If  your answer is Yes, line 38 of the Form 1040 is over $150,000 refer to the Itemized Deductions Worksheet for line 29 (page A-13) and then enter the amount you figured on line 29.  After you enter your amount on line 29, then select “Do the Math.”  The amount on line 29 will then transfer and update Line 40 of Form 1040.
  • Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business Lines 3, 4, 5, and 7 - You must enter the business entity information (A-J) before the lines will calculate.
  • Schedule C-EZ Net Profit or Loss from Business Line 3 - You must enter the business entity information (A-G) before “Do the Math” will calculate.
  • Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss, Line 23a, b, etc. - Many lines will not calculate until Part 1 of the form is complete. 

I Can’t Find the Form I need

First, review the list of available Forms You Can Use. You can learn how to add some forms to your return by following the instructions below.

  • Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization (Including Information on Listed Property -  You must Add the Form 4562 from the “add” button on your Schedule C and/or Schedule E.  You can NOT add the Form 4562 from the “add/view" button.  
  • Form 6198 At-Risk Limitations- Add this form from the “add” button on your Schedule C.
  • Form 8829 Expenses for Business Use of Your Home- Add this form from the “add” button on your line 30 of the Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business
  • Form 8863, Education Credits (Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits) -
    1. Part III on page 2 for each student for whom you are claiming either credit must be completed before you complete Parts I and II on Page 1.  Some taxpayers can’t find the add button for page 2.  Just go to the top of page 1 of the Form 8863 and click on the add button next to the statement click to enter student information on page 2. 
    2. Make sure you use"Do the Math" for computing line 15 of page 1 of the Form 8863.
    3. Make sure you use the tab key for entering the student’s first name and the last name on line 20. Entered the first name in the first grey field and then use the tab key to enter the last name in the grey field to the right. 
  • Form 8949, Sales and other Dispositions of Capital Assets- Don’t forget to add Page 2 to complete this form.  Complete the Form 8949 before you complete your Schedule D. On the Schedule D, complete lines 1b, 2, 3, 8b, 9, and 10. You may add multiple copies of the Form 8949 if you need additional space to report sales and exchanges of your capital assets.
  • Add Forms W2, W2G and 1099-R in Step 2, Section 1.
  • All other Form 1099’s, including SSA 1099, 1099 INT, 1099 MISC etc. are not available as individual forms in Free File Fillable Forms because you do not have to e-file these statements to IRS.
  • BUT make sure to include all other income from Form 1099 including SSA 1099, 1099 INT, 1099 MISC etc. on your Form 1040. Don’t forget to include your federal withholding amounts from these other Form 1099s in Step 2 Section 2 Box B.

I Can’t Print My Return?

  • If you are having trouble printing and you are using Internet Explorer 8.0 you must upgrade your Internet browser or switch to another computer to print your information.  
  • If you can't print, search for 'print' in General FAQs (PDF) for additional information. Remember, always print your return for your records after you successfully e-file.

I am having problems with my 16a and 16b entries for pensions and annuities on the Form 1040

  • Find your total pension or annuity amount on your Form 1099-R and enter it on line 16a of your Form 1040.
  • Then, enter the taxable portion in 16b to the far right under the column of the Form 1040 where you are entering all of your amounts.
  • Do not enter your taxable amount after “b Taxable amount”.   This “b Taxable amount” field is only reserved for the text: “ROLLOVER”, “PSO”, and “ROLLOVER AND PSO” - Refer to the 1040 instructions to see if either of these 3 descriptions apply to you.
  • When your total pensions and annuities equal your taxable amount, “Do the Math” will automatically remove your amount on line 16a.
  • When your total pensions and annuities is greater than your taxable amount, “Do the Math” will display the total on line 16a and taxable amount you entered to the right of 16b.     

I am getting an error on Line 21, "Other income" on the Form 1040 - List type and amount

  • In certain situations, the form instructions may prompt you to enter information next to a line.   There are 2 parts for you to enter: 1) the description type in the first grey box and then 2) a corresponding amount in the second grey box.  Don’t enter descriptions or $ amounts in the grey fields unless the instructions tell you too.  Generally, leave these fields blank and don't enter a zero or '0" amount unless the instructions tell you too.
  •  Use line 21 of the Form 1040 to report any other taxable income not reported elsewhere on your return or on other schedules.  Make sure you enter the type and then the amount for the Other income to the left of the amount on line 21.  Enter the type of income in the first grey field and then enter the amount in the second grey field.   After you enter the amount in the second grey field, select "Do the Math" and the amount you entered to the left in the grey field will transfer to line 21.   Don't forget to enter the type of other income such as gambling winnings or jury duty pay in the first grey field to the left of the amount.  And if one of your other income description types is net operating loss (NOL), make sure you enter a negative sign "-" before the amount.  To view a list of description types for other income examples on line 21, refer to page 28 of the Form 1040 instructions.  Free File Fillable Forms will automatically display the description type in all upper case letters after selecting Do the Math.

Refer to the tutorial for basic tips before your start Free File Fillable Forms. These tips will improve your chances to successfully e-file without getting errors.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 26-Feb-2014

The How To Amend 2010 Taxes

How to amend 2010 taxes Publication 534 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Important Change for 1995 Introduction How To Use This Publication Important Change for 1995 Major changes to Publications 534 and 946. How to amend 2010 taxes  This publication, as well as Publication 946,How To Depreciate Property, has been changed. How to amend 2010 taxes Publication 534 has been shortened. How to amend 2010 taxes It no longer contains general information on MACRS and the section 179 deduction. How to amend 2010 taxes It contains a discussion of the accelerated cost recovery system (ACRS), the ACRS Percentage Tables, a discussion of other methods of depreciation, and a limited discussion of listed property. How to amend 2010 taxes We expanded Publication 946 by adding material taken from Publication 534. How to amend 2010 taxes We added more detail to the discussions of the section 179 deduction, the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS), and listed property. How to amend 2010 taxes We replaced the partialMACRS Percentage Tables with the complete ones from Publication 534. How to amend 2010 taxes We also added the Table of Class Lives and Recovery Periods from Publication 534. How to amend 2010 taxes We made these changes to eliminate most of the duplication that existed in the two publications. How to amend 2010 taxes This will save money and make it easier for you to decide which publication you need. How to amend 2010 taxes Use this publication to figure depreciation on property you placed in service before 1987; use Publication 946 to figure depreciation on property you placed in service after 1986. How to amend 2010 taxes Introduction The law allows you to recover your cost in business or income-producing property through yearly tax deductions. How to amend 2010 taxes You do this by depreciating your property, that is, by deducting some of your cost on your tax return each year. How to amend 2010 taxes You can depreciate both tangible property, such as a car, building, or machinery, and certain intangible property, such as a copyright or a patent. How to amend 2010 taxes The amount you can deduct depends on: How much the property cost, When you began using it, How long it will take to recover your cost, and Which of several depreciation methods you use. How to amend 2010 taxes Depreciation defined. How to amend 2010 taxes   Depreciation is a loss in the value of property over the time the property is being used. How to amend 2010 taxes Events that can cause property to depreciate include wear and tear, age, deterioration, and obsolescence. How to amend 2010 taxes You can get back your cost of certain property, such as equipment you use in your business or property used for the production of income by taking deductions for depreciation. How to amend 2010 taxes Black's Law Dictionary Amortization. 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