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Priortax Publication 517 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Priortax Tax questions. Priortax Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New SE tax rate. Priortax For 2013 and 2014, the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) portion of the SE tax is 12. Priortax 4%. Priortax The Medicare (HI) portion of the SE tax remains 2. Priortax 9%. Priortax As a result, the SE tax rate returns to 15. Priortax 3%. Priortax For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). Priortax Earnings subject to social security. Priortax For 2013, the maximum wages and self-employment income subject to social security tax increases from $110,100 to $113,700. Priortax For 2014, the maximum wages and self-employment income subject to social security tax is $117,000. Priortax Additional Medicare Tax. Priortax Beginning in 2013, a 0. Priortax 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. Priortax For more information, see Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, and its separate instructions. Priortax Modified AGI limit for traditional IRA contributions increased. Priortax For 2013, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if you were covered by a retirement plan at work and your modified AGI is: Less than $115,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), Less than $69,000 if single or head of household, or Less than $10,000 if married filing separately. Priortax If you file a joint return and either you or your spouse was not covered by a retirement plan at work, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if your modified AGI is less than $188,000. Priortax Modified AGI limit for Roth IRA contributions increased. Priortax For 2013, you may be able to contribute to your Roth IRA if your modified AGI is: Less than $188,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), Less than $127,000 if single, head of household, or married filing separately and you did not live with your spouse at any time during the year, or Less than $10,000 if married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time during the year. Priortax Earned income credit (EIC). Priortax For 2013, the maximum amount of income you can earn and still claim the EIC has increased. Priortax You may be able to take the EIC if you earned less than $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) and you have three or more qualifying children; $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) and you have two qualifying children; $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) and you have one qualifying child; and $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) and you do not have any qualifying children. Priortax Reminders Future developments. Priortax . Priortax For the latest information about developments related to Publication 517, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Priortax irs. Priortax gov/pub517. Priortax Photographs of missing children. Priortax The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Priortax Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Priortax 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. Priortax Introduction Three federal taxes are paid on wages and self-employment income—income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax. Priortax Social security and Medicare taxes are collected under one of two systems. Priortax Under the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA), the self-employed person pays all the taxes. Priortax Under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), the employee and the employer each pay half of the social security and Medicare taxes. Priortax No earnings are subject to both systems. Priortax Table 1. Priortax Are Your Ministerial Earnings* Covered Under FICA or SECA? Find the class to which you belong in the left column and read across the table to find if you are covered under FICA or SECA. Priortax Do not rely on this table alone. Priortax Also read the discussion for the class in the following pages. Priortax Class Covered under FICA? Covered under SECA? Minister NO. Priortax Your ministerial earnings are exempt. Priortax YES, if you do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. Priortax NO, if you have an approved exemption. Priortax Member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty NO. Priortax Your ministerial earnings are exempt. Priortax YES, if you do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. Priortax NO, if you have an approved exemption. Priortax Member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty YES, if: Your order elected FICA coverage for its members, or You worked outside the order and the work was not required by, or done on behalf of, the order. Priortax NO, if neither of the above applies. Priortax NO. Priortax Your ministerial earnings are exempt. Priortax Christian Science practitioner or reader NO. Priortax Your ministerial earnings are exempt. Priortax YES, if you do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. Priortax NO, if you have an approved exemption. Priortax Religious worker (church employee) YES, if your employer did not elect to exclude you. Priortax NO, if your employer elected to exclude you. Priortax YES, if your employer elected to exclude you from FICA. Priortax NO, if you are covered under FICA. Priortax Member of a recognized religious sect YES, if you are an employee and do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. Priortax NO, if you have an approved exemption. Priortax YES, if you are self-employed and do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. Priortax NO, if you have an approved exemption. Priortax * Ministerial earnings are the self-employment earnings that result from ministerial services, defined and discussed later. Priortax In addition, all wages and self-employment income that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to a 0. Priortax 9% Additional Medicare Tax if they are paid in excess of the applicable threshold for an individual's filing status. Priortax Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. Priortax Medicare wages and self-employment income are combined to determine if income exceeds the threshold. Priortax A self-employment loss is not considered for purposes of this tax. Priortax RRTA compensation is separately compared to the threshold. Priortax There is no employer match for Additional Medicare Tax. Priortax For more information, see Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, and its separate instructions. Priortax This publication contains information for the following classes of taxpayers. Priortax Ministers. Priortax Members of a religious order. Priortax Christian Science practitioners and readers. Priortax Religious workers (church employees). Priortax Members of a recognized religious sect. Priortax Note. Priortax Unless otherwise noted, in this publication references to members of the clergy include ministers, members of a religious order (but not members of a recognized religious sect), and Christian Science practitioners and readers. Priortax This publication covers the following topics about the collection of social security and Medicare taxes from members of the clergy, religious workers, and members of a recognized religious sect. Priortax Which earnings are taxed under FICA and which under SECA. Priortax See Table 1 above. Priortax How a member of the clergy can apply for an exemption from self-employment tax. Priortax How a member of a recognized religious sect can apply for an exemption from both self-employment tax and FICA taxes. Priortax How a member of the clergy or religious worker figures net earnings from self-employment. Priortax This publication also covers certain income tax rules of interest to ministers and members of a religious order. Priortax A Comprehensive Example shows filled-in forms for a minister who has income taxed under SECA, other income taxed under FICA, and income tax reporting of items specific to a minister. Priortax In the back of Publication 517 is a set of worksheets that you can use to figure the amount of your taxable ministerial income and allowable deductions. Priortax You will find these worksheets right after the Comprehensive Example . Priortax Note. Priortax In this publication, the term “church” is generally used in its generic sense and not in reference to any particular religion. Priortax Comments and suggestions. Priortax We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Priortax You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Priortax NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. Priortax Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Priortax You can send your comments from www. Priortax irs. Priortax gov/formspubs/. Priortax Click on “More Information” and then on “Give us feedback”. Priortax Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Priortax Ordering forms and publications. Priortax Visit www. Priortax irs. Priortax 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. Priortax Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Priortax Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Priortax If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Priortax gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Priortax We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Priortax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 54 Tax Guide for U. Priortax S. Priortax Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 535 Business Expenses 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) 596 Earned Income Credit (EIC) Form (and Instructions) SS-8 Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding SS-16 Certificate of Election of Coverage Under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship) Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business (Sole Proprietorship) Schedule SE (Form 1040) Self-Employment Tax 1040-ES Estimated Tax for Individuals 1040X Amended U. Priortax S. Priortax Individual Income Tax Return 4029 Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits 4361 Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners 8274 Certification by Churches and Qualified Church-Controlled Organizations Electing Exemption From Employer Social Security and Medicare Taxes 8959 Additional Medicare Tax Ordering publications and forms. Priortax See How To Get Tax Help , near the end of this publication, for information about getting these publications and forms. Priortax Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
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