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Hr block free taxes Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. Hr block free taxes See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. Hr block free taxes When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. Hr block free taxes The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. Hr block free taxes You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. Hr block free taxes In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. Hr block free taxes Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. Hr block free taxes Automatic 2-month extension. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. Hr block free taxes You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. Hr block free taxes Married taxpayers. Hr block free taxes   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. Hr block free taxes If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. Hr block free taxes Additional extension. Hr block free taxes   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. Hr block free taxes You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. Hr block free taxes   Generally, you must file it by April 15. Hr block free taxes However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. Hr block free taxes Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. Hr block free taxes Payment of tax. Hr block free taxes   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. Hr block free taxes The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. Hr block free taxes , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Electronic filing. Hr block free taxes   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. Hr block free taxes See Form 4868 for more information. Hr block free taxes Limit on additional extensions. Hr block free taxes   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. Hr block free taxes However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. Hr block free taxes   For more information, see Publication 54. Hr block free taxes Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. Hr block free taxes Do not include accounts in a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes military banking facility operated by a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes financial institution. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Do not attach it to Form 1040. Hr block free taxes If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. Hr block free taxes U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. Hr block free taxes If you are a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes law. Hr block free taxes This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). Hr block free taxes If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes tax. Hr block free taxes Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government as an employee. Hr block free taxes But see Other Employment, later. Hr block free taxes Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. Hr block free taxes U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes agency reimbursed by foreign country. Hr block free taxes   If you are a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government employee paid by a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Hr block free taxes This is true even if the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. Hr block free taxes Employees of post exchanges, etc. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government. Hr block free taxes This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. Hr block free taxes These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Hr block free taxes Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizens or green card holders. Hr block free taxes Consequently, if you are a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes tax on your government pay. Hr block free taxes If you are neither a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Review the treaty text carefully. Hr block free taxes U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizens must always file Form 1040. Hr block free taxes Non-U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Hr block free taxes Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Hr block free taxes For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. Hr block free taxes Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. Hr block free taxes However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. Hr block free taxes The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. Hr block free taxes Pay differentials. Hr block free taxes   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. Hr block free taxes Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. Hr block free taxes Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. Hr block free taxes Foreign areas allowances. Hr block free taxes   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. Hr block free taxes Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. Hr block free taxes   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. Hr block free taxes Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Hr block free taxes Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. Hr block free taxes Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. Hr block free taxes Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. Hr block free taxes Cost-of-living allowances. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. Hr block free taxes Federal court employees. Hr block free taxes   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. Hr block free taxes The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. Hr block free taxes American Institute in Taiwan. Hr block free taxes   If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes tax if they are equivalent to tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government. Hr block free taxes Federal reemployment payments after serving with an international organization. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes However, amounts paid by the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes government for your usual costs of operating and maintaining your household are taxable. Hr block free taxes If amounts are withheld from your pay to cover these expenses, you cannot exclude or deduct those amounts from your income. Hr block free taxes Peace Corps. Hr block free taxes   If you are a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader, some allowances you receive are taxable and others are not. Hr block free taxes Taxable allowances. Hr block free taxes   The following allowances must be included on your Form W-2 and reported on your return as wages. Hr block free taxes If you are a volunteer leader, allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are training in the United States. Hr block free taxes The part of living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. Hr block free taxes This is the part for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. Hr block free taxes Leave allowances. Hr block free taxes Readjustment allowances or “termination payments. Hr block free taxes ” Taxable allowances are considered received by you when credited to your account. Hr block free taxes Example. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Nontaxable allowances. Hr block free taxes   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. Hr block free taxes These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. Hr block free taxes These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. Hr block free taxes Other Income Other employment. Hr block free taxes   If, in addition to your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes In addition, if your spouse is a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes For more information, see Publication 54. Hr block free taxes The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. Hr block free taxes As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes Sale of personal property. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. Hr block free taxes Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. Hr block free taxes However, losses from sales of your personal property, whether directly or through an unfavorable exchange rate, are not deductible. Hr block free taxes Sale of your home. Hr block free taxes   All or part of the gain on the sale of your main home, within or outside the United States, may be taxable. Hr block free taxes Losses are not deductible. Hr block free taxes   You may be able to exclude from income any gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return). Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. Hr block free taxes Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Your home for tax purposes (tax home) is your regular post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. Hr block free taxes Your tax home is not limited to the Embassy, consulate, or duty station. Hr block free taxes It includes the entire city or general area in which your principal place of employment is located. Hr block free taxes Traveling away from home. Hr block free taxes   You are traveling away from home if you meet both of the following requirements. Hr block free taxes Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. Hr block free taxes You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Hr block free taxes This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Temporary assignment. Hr block free taxes   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. Hr block free taxes You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. Hr block free taxes If you expect employment to last for one year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. Hr block free taxes Employment that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Limit on meals and entertainment. Hr block free taxes   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. Hr block free taxes However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government expense allowance arrangement. Hr block free taxes Individuals subject to hours of service limits. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. Hr block free taxes Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Hr block free taxes Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. Hr block free taxes Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Hr block free taxes Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. Hr block free taxes Primary purpose of trip must be for business. Hr block free taxes   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. Hr block free taxes However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. Hr block free taxes   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. Hr block free taxes This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. Hr block free taxes However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. Hr block free taxes Expenses paid for others. Hr block free taxes   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. Hr block free taxes Home leave. Hr block free taxes   The Foreign Service Act requires U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. Hr block free taxes Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. Hr block free taxes More information. Hr block free taxes   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. Hr block free taxes Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. Hr block free taxes Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. Hr block free taxes They do not include expenses you have when traveling away from home overnight. Hr block free taxes Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed earlier. Hr block free taxes Commuting. Hr block free taxes   You cannot deduct your transportation costs of going between your home and your regular business location. Hr block free taxes These costs are personal commuting expenses. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes More information. Hr block free taxes   For more information on transportation expenses, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. Hr block free taxes Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. Hr block free taxes Membership dues. Hr block free taxes   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. Hr block free taxes Subscriptions. Hr block free taxes   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. Hr block free taxes Educational expenses. Hr block free taxes   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. Hr block free taxes However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes These rules apply even if the education is required by your agency or it maintains or improves skills required in your work. Hr block free taxes   See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on educational expenses. Hr block free taxes    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes These benefits are explained in Publication 970. Hr block free taxes Foreign service representation expenses. Hr block free taxes   If you are an employee of the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes These rules are explained in Publication 463. Hr block free taxes Representation expenses. Hr block free taxes   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. Hr block free taxes They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. Hr block free taxes These regulations are available on the Internet at www. Hr block free taxes state. Hr block free taxes gov/m/a/als. Hr block free taxes Look under “Standardized Regulations (DSSR)” and click on “DSSR Table of Contents. Hr block free taxes ” Publication 463 and Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Hr block free taxes Impairment-related work expenses. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Attendant care includes a reader for a blind person and a helper for a person with a physical disability. Hr block free taxes These expenses are reported on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carried to Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free taxes They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Hr block free taxes Loss on conversion of U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes dollars into foreign currency. Hr block free taxes   The conversion of U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Recordkeeping Rules If you claim a deduction for unreimbursed business expenses, you must keep timely and adequate records of all your business expenses. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. Hr block free taxes You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. Hr block free taxes For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. Hr block free taxes The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. Hr block free taxes The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. Hr block free taxes How to record your expenses. Hr block free taxes   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. Hr block free taxes They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. Hr block free taxes However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. Hr block free taxes    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. Hr block free taxes It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. Hr block free taxes Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. Hr block free taxes It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. Hr block free taxes    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. Hr block free taxes You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. Hr block free taxes Your records must be timely. Hr block free taxes   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. Hr block free taxes A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. Hr block free taxes Confidential information. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes How To Report Business Expenses As a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Hr block free taxes   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. Hr block free taxes Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Hr block free taxes Form 2106-EZ. Hr block free taxes   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. Hr block free taxes You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. Hr block free taxes You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Hr block free taxes (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. Hr block free taxes ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Hr block free taxes Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government employee. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Closely related to the start of work. Hr block free taxes   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Distance test. Hr block free taxes   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. Hr block free taxes If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. Hr block free taxes Time test. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Deductible moving expenses. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. Hr block free taxes   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Expenses must be reasonable. Hr block free taxes   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Members of your household. Hr block free taxes   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. Hr block free taxes It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. Hr block free taxes Retirees. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Hr block free taxes Survivors. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. Hr block free taxes It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. Hr block free taxes You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Hr block free taxes How to report moving expenses. Hr block free taxes   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. Hr block free taxes Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. Hr block free taxes (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Hr block free taxes ) Reimbursements. Hr block free taxes   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. Hr block free taxes You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. Hr block free taxes However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. Hr block free taxes Additional information. Hr block free taxes   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. Hr block free taxes Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. Hr block free taxes Contributions. Hr block free taxes   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. Hr block free taxes You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. Hr block free taxes For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Hr block free taxes Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. Hr block free taxes   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Example. Hr block free taxes Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. Hr block free taxes During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. Hr block free taxes Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Hr block free 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). Hr block free taxes The result is 3/4. Hr block free 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). Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Exception to the reduction. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Required statement. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes The statement must contain all of the following information. Hr block free taxes The amount of each type of tax-free income you received, such as a tax-free housing allowance or tax-free representation allowance. Hr block free taxes The amount of otherwise deductible expenses attributable to each type of tax-free income. Hr block free taxes The amount attributable to each type of tax-free income that was not directly attributable to that type of tax-free income. Hr block free taxes An explanation of how you determined the amounts not directly attributable to each type of tax-free income. Hr block free taxes   The statement must also indicate that none of the amounts deducted on your return are in any way attributable to tax-free income. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes income tax liability or deduct them as an itemized deduction when figuring your taxable income. Hr block free taxes Do not include the foreign taxes paid or accrued as withheld income taxes in the Payments section of Form 1040. Hr block free taxes Foreign tax credit. Hr block free taxes   Your foreign tax credit is subject to a limit based on your taxable income from foreign sources. Hr block free taxes If you choose to figure a credit against your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes tax liability for the foreign taxes, you generally must complete Form 1116 and attach it to your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes income tax return. Hr block free taxes    You cannot claim a credit for foreign taxes paid on amounts excluded from gross income under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. Hr block free taxes If all your foreign income is exempt from U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes tax, you will not be able to claim a foreign tax credit. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Exemption from limit. Hr block free taxes   You can elect to not be subject to the foreign tax limit if you meet all the following conditions. Hr block free taxes Your only foreign income is passive income, such as interest, dividends, and royalties. Hr block free taxes The total of all your foreign taxes is not more than $300 ($600 for joint tax returns). Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes If you make the election, you can claim a foreign tax credit without filing Form 1116. Hr block free taxes However, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. Hr block free taxes See the instructions for the appropriate line in the Tax and Credits section of Form 1040. Hr block free taxes Foreign tax deduction. Hr block free taxes   If you choose to deduct all foreign income taxes on your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes income tax return, itemize the deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free taxes You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on income you exclude under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. Hr block free taxes Example. Hr block free taxes Dennis and Christina are married and live and work in Country X. Hr block free taxes Dennis works for the U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government and Christina is employed by a private company. Hr block free taxes They pay income tax to Country X on Christina's income only. Hr block free taxes Dennis and Christina file a joint tax return and exclude all of Christina's income. Hr block free taxes They cannot claim a foreign tax credit or take a deduction for the taxes paid to Country X. Hr block free taxes Deduction for other foreign taxes. Hr block free taxes   The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes   You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. Hr block free taxes You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes More information. Hr block free taxes   The foreign tax credit and deduction, their limits, and carryback and carryover provisions are discussed in detail in Publication 514. Hr block free taxes Local (Foreign) Tax Return As a U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government employee, you are expected to observe and fulfill all tax obligations imposed by the host country government. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Tax Treaty Benefits As discussed earlier, most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Hr block free taxes Review the treaty text carefully to determine whether your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Government remuneration is taxable in the host country. Hr block free 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). Hr block free 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. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Hr block free taxes Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Hr block free taxes For more information about the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, earlier. Hr block free 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. Hr block free taxes For example, consular employees may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations or bilateral consular agreements. Hr block free taxes Similarly, certain diplomatic staff may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Hr block free taxes Check with the appropriate U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes Embassy for more information. Hr block free taxes Double Withholding If your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes government pay is subject to withholding in both the United States and the foreign country, you may reduce the amount of U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes tax that is withheld from your pay if you expect to be entitled to a foreign tax credit on your U. Hr block free taxes S. Hr block free taxes income tax return on this income. 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Historical Highlights of the IRS

1862 - President Lincoln signed into law a revenue-raising measure to help pay for Civil War expenses. The measure created a Commissioner of Internal Revenue and the nation's first income tax. It levied a 3 percent tax on incomes between $600 and $10,000 and a 5 percent tax on incomes of more than $10,000.

1867 - Heeding public opposition to the income tax, Congress cut the tax rate. From 1868 until 1913, 90 percent of all revenue came from taxes on liquor, beer, wine and tobacco.

1872 - Income tax repealed.

1894 - The Wilson Tariff Act revived the income tax and an income tax division within the Bureau of Internal Revenue was created.

1895 - Supreme Court ruled the new income tax unconstitutional on the grounds that it was a direct tax and not apportioned among the states on the basis of population. The income tax division was disbanded.

1909 - President Taft recommended Congress propose a constitutional amendment that would give the government the power to tax incomes without apportioning the burden among the states in line with population. Congress also levied a 1 percent tax on net corporate incomes of more than $5,000.

1913 - As the threat of war loomed, Wyoming became the 36th and last state needed to ratify the 16th Amendment. The amendment stated, "Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration." Later, Congress adopted a 1 percent tax on net personal income of more than $3,000 with a surtax of 6 percent on incomes of more than $500,000. It also repealed the 1909 corporate income tax. The first Form 1040 was introduced.

1918 - The Revenue Act of 1918 raised even greater sums for the World War I effort. It codified all existing tax laws and imposed a progressive income-tax rate structure of up to 77 percent.

1919 - The states ratified the 18th Amendment, barring the manufacture, sale or transport of intoxicating beverages. Congress passed the Volstead Act, which gave the Commissioner of Internal Revenue the primary responsibility for enforcement of Prohibition. Eleven years later, the Department of Justice assumed primary prohibition enforcement duties.

1931 - The IRS Intelligence Unit used an undercover agent to gather evidence against gangster Al Capone. Capone was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years.

1933 - Prohibition repealed. IRS again assumed responsibility for alcohol taxation the following year and for administering the National Firearms Act. Later, tobacco tax enforcement was added.

1942 - The Revenue Act of 1942, hailed by President Roosevelt as "the greatest tax bill in American history," passed Congress. It increased taxes and the number of Americans subject to the income tax. It also created deductions for medical and investment expenses.

1943 - Congress passed the Current Tax Payment Act, which required employers to withhold taxes from employees' wages and remit them quarterly.

1944 - Congress passed the Individual Income Tax Act, which created the standard deductions on Form 1040.

1952 - President Truman proposed his Reorganization Plan No. 1, which replaced the patronage system at the IRS with a career civil service system. It also decentralized service to taxpayers and sought to restore public confidence in the agency.

1953 - President Eisenhower endorsed Truman's reorganization plan and changed the name of the agency from the Bureau of Internal Revenue to the Internal Revenue Service.

1954 - The filing deadline for individual tax returns changed from March 15 to April 15.

1961 - The Computer Age began at IRS with the dedication of the National Computer Center at Martinsburg, W.Va.

1965 - IRS instituted its first toll-free telephone site.

1972 - The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division separated from the IRS to become the independent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

1974 - Congress passed the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act, which gave regulatory responsibilities for employee benefit plans to the IRS.

1986 - Limited electronic filing began. President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act, the most significant piece of tax legislation in 30 years. It contained 300 provisions and took three years to implement. The Act codified the federal tax laws for the third time since the Revenue Act of 1918.

1992 - Taxpayers who owed money were allowed to file returns electronically.

1998 - Congress passed the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act, which expanded taxpayer rights and called for reorganizing the agency into four operating divisions aligned according to taxpayer needs.

2000 - IRS enacted reforms, ending its geographic-based structure and instituting four major operating divisions: Wage and Investment, Small Business/Self-Employed, Large and Mid-Size Business and Tax Exempt and Government Entities. It was the most sweeping change at the IRS since the 1953 reorganization.

2001 - IRS administered a mid-year tax refund program to provide advance payments of a tax rate reduction.

2003 - IRS administered another mid-year refund program, this time providing an advance payment of an increase in the Child Tax Credit. Electronic filing reached a new high - 52.9 million tax returns, more than 40 percent of all individual returns.

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