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Tax preparation for military members 7. Tax preparation for military members   Filing Information Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What, When, and Where To FileResident Aliens Nonresident Aliens Amended Returns and Claims for Refund Other Forms You May Have To File PenaltiesCivil Penalties Criminal Penalties Introduction This chapter provides the basic filing information that you may need. Tax preparation for military members Topics - This chapter discusses: Forms aliens must file, When and where to file, Penalties, and Amended returns and claims for refund. Tax preparation for military members Useful Items - You may want to see: Forms (and Instructions) 1040 U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Individual Income Tax Return 1040A U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Individual Income Tax Return 1040EZ Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents 1040NR U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return 1040NR-EZ U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents See chapter 12 for information about getting these forms. Tax preparation for military members What, When, and Where To File What return you must file as well as when and where you file that return, depends on your status at the end of the tax year as a resident or a nonresident alien. Tax preparation for military members Resident Aliens Resident aliens should file Form 1040EZ, 1040A, or 1040 at the address shown in the instructions for that form. Tax preparation for military members The due date for filing the return and paying any tax due is April 15 of the year following the year for which you are filing a return (but see the Tip, later). Tax preparation for military members Under U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members immigration law, a lawful permanent resident who is required to file a tax return as a resident and fails to do so may be regarded as having abandoned status and may lose permanent resident status. Tax preparation for military members Extensions of time to file. Tax preparation for military members   You are allowed an automatic extension to June 15 to file if your main place of business and the home you live in are outside the United States and Puerto Rico on April 15. Tax preparation for military members You can get an extension of time to October 15 to file your return if you get an extension by April 15 (June 15 if you qualify for the June 15 extension). Tax preparation for military members Use Form 4868 to get the extension to October 15. Tax preparation for military members In addition to this 6-month extension, taxpayers who are out of the country (as defined in the Form 4868 instructions) can request a discretionary 2-month additional extension of time to file their returns (to December 15 for calendar year taxpayers). Tax preparation for military members To request this extension, you must send the IRS a letter explaining the reasons why you need the additional 2 months. Tax preparation for military members Send the letter by the extended due date (October 15 for calendar year taxpayers) to the following address:  Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Austin, TX 73301-0215   You will not receive any notification from the IRS unless your request is denied for being untimely. Tax preparation for military members   The discretionary 2-month additional extension is not available to taxpayers who have an approved extension of time to file on Form 2350 (for U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members citizens and resident aliens abroad who expect to qualify for special tax treatment). Tax preparation for military members    If the due date for filing falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Tax preparation for military members You may be able to file your return electronically. Tax preparation for military members See IRS e-file in your form instructions. Tax preparation for military members Nonresident Aliens Nonresident aliens who are required to file an income tax return should use Form 1040NR or, if qualified, Form 1040NR-EZ. Tax preparation for military members If you are any of the following, you must file a return. Tax preparation for military members A nonresident alien individual engaged or considered to be engaged in a trade or business in the United States during 2013. Tax preparation for military members (But see Exceptions , later. Tax preparation for military members ) You must file even if: Your income did not come from a trade or business conducted in the United States, You have no income from U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members sources, or Your income is exempt from income tax. Tax preparation for military members A nonresident alien individual not engaged in a trade or business in the United States with U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income on which the tax liability was not satisfied by the withholding of tax at the source. Tax preparation for military members A representative or agent responsible for filing the return of an individual described in (1) or (2). Tax preparation for military members A fiduciary for a nonresident alien estate or trust. Tax preparation for military members You must also file if you want to: Claim a refund of overwithheld or overpaid tax, or Claim the benefit of any deductions or credits. Tax preparation for military members For example, if you have no U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members business activities but have income from real property that you choose to treat as effectively connected income (discussed in chapter 4), you must timely file a true and accurate return to take any allowable deductions against that income. Tax preparation for military members For information on what is timely, see When to file for deductions and credits under When To File, later. Tax preparation for military members Exceptions. Tax preparation for military members   You do not need to file Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ if you meet either of the following conditions. Tax preparation for military members Your only U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members trade or business was the performance of personal services, and Your wages were less than $3,900, and You have no other need to file a return to claim a refund of overwithheld taxes, to satisfy additional withholding at source, or to claim income exempt or partly exempt by treaty. Tax preparation for military members You were a nonresident alien student, teacher, or trainee who was temporarily present in the United States under an “F,” “J,” “M,” or “Q” visa and you have no income that is subject to tax, such as wages, tips, scholarship and fellowship grants, dividends, etc. Tax preparation for military members Even if you have left the United States and filed a Form 1040-C, U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Departing Alien Income Tax Return, on departure, you still must file an annual U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax return. Tax preparation for military members If you are married and both you and your spouse are required to file, you must each file a separate return. Tax preparation for military members Form 1040NR-EZ You can use Form 1040NR-EZ if all of the following conditions are met. Tax preparation for military members You do not claim any dependents. Tax preparation for military members You cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else's U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members tax return. Tax preparation for military members If you were married, you do not claim an exemption for your spouse. Tax preparation for military members Your taxable income is less than $100,000. Tax preparation for military members The only itemized deduction you can claim is for state and local income taxes. Tax preparation for military members Note. Tax preparation for military members Residents of India who were students or business apprentices may be able to take the standard deduction instead of the itemized deduction for state and local income taxes. Tax preparation for military members See chapter 5. Tax preparation for military members Your only U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members source income is from wages, salaries, tips, taxable refunds of state and local income taxes, scholarship or fellowship grants, and nontaxable interest or dividends. Tax preparation for military members (If you had taxable interest or dividend income, you cannot use this form. Tax preparation for military members ) You are not claiming any adjustments to income other than the student loan interest deduction or scholarship and fellowship grants excluded. Tax preparation for military members You are not claiming any tax credits. Tax preparation for military members This is not an “expatriation return. Tax preparation for military members ” See Expatriation Tax in chapter 4. Tax preparation for military members The only taxes you owe are: The income tax from the Tax Table. Tax preparation for military members The social security and Medicare tax from Form 4137 or Form 8919. Tax preparation for military members You are not claiming a credit for excess social security and tier 1 RRTA tax withheld. Tax preparation for military members You are not filing Form 8959, to figure the amount of Additional Medicare Tax you owe and/or the amount of Additional Medicare Tax withheld by your employer, if any. Tax preparation for military members If you do not meet all of the above conditions, you must file Form 1040NR. Tax preparation for military members When To File If you are an employee and you receive wages subject to U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax withholding, you will generally file by the 15th day of the 4th month after your tax year ends. Tax preparation for military members For the 2013 calendar year, file your return by April 15, 2014. Tax preparation for military members If you are not an employee who receives wages subject to U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax withholding, you must file by the 15th day of the 6th month after your tax year ends. Tax preparation for military members For the 2013 calendar year, file your return by June 16, 2014 (because June 15 is a Sunday. Tax preparation for military members ) Extensions of time to file. Tax preparation for military members   If you cannot file your return by the due date, file Form 4868 or use one of the electronic filing options explained in the Form 4868 instructions. Tax preparation for military members For the 2013 calendar year, this will extend the due date to October 15, 2014 (December 15, 2014, if the regular due date of your return is June 16, 2014). Tax preparation for military members You must file the extension by the regular due date of your return. Tax preparation for military members   In addition to the 6-month extension to October 15, taxpayers whose main place of business is outside the United States and Puerto Rico and who live outside those jurisdictions can request a discretionary 2-month extension of time to file their returns (to December 15 for calendar year taxpayers). Tax preparation for military members To request this extension, you must send the IRS a letter explaining the reasons why you need the additional 2 months. Tax preparation for military members Send the letter by the extended due date (October 15 for calendar year taxpayers) to the following address: Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Austin, TX 73301-0215   You will not receive any notification from the IRS unless your request is denied for being untimely. Tax preparation for military members When to file for deductions and credits. Tax preparation for military members   To get the benefit of any allowable deductions or credits, you must timely file a true and accurate return. Tax preparation for military members For this purpose, a return is timely if it is filed within 16 months of the due date just discussed. Tax preparation for military members However, if you did not file a 2012 tax return and 2013 is not the first year for which you are required to file one, your 2013 return is timely for this purpose if it is filed by the earlier of: The date that is 16 months after the due date for filing your 2013 return, or The date the IRS notifies you that your 2013 return has not been filed and that you cannot claim certain deductions and credits. Tax preparation for military members The allowance of the following credits is not affected by this time requirement. Tax preparation for military members Credit for withheld taxes. Tax preparation for military members Credit for excise tax on certain uses of gasoline and special fuels. Tax preparation for military members Credit for tax paid by a mutual fund (or other regulated investment company) or a real estate investment trust on undistributed long-term capital gains. Tax preparation for military members Protective return. Tax preparation for military members   If your activities in the United States were limited and you do not believe that you had any gross income effectively connected with a U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members trade or business during the year, you can file a protective return (Form 1040NR) by the deadline explained above. Tax preparation for military members By filing a protective return, you protect your right to receive the benefit of deductions and credits in the event it is later determined that some or all of your income is effectively connected. Tax preparation for military members You are not required to report any effectively connected income or any deductions on the protective return, but you must give the reason the return is being filed. Tax preparation for military members   If you believe some of your activities resulted in effectively connected income, file your return reporting that income and related deductions by the regular due date. Tax preparation for military members To protect your right to claim deductions or credits resulting from other activities, attach a statement to that return explaining that you wish to protect your right to claim deductions and credits if it is later determined that the other activities produced effectively connected income. Tax preparation for military members   You can follow the same procedure if you believe you have no U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members tax liability because of a U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members tax treaty. Tax preparation for military members Be sure to also complete item L on page 5 of Form 1040NR. Tax preparation for military members Waiver of filing deadline. Tax preparation for military members   The IRS may waive the filing deadline if you establish that, based on the facts and circumstances, you acted reasonably and in good faith in failing to file a U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax return (including a protective return) and you cooperate with the IRS in determining your U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax liability for the tax year for which you did not file a return. Tax preparation for military members Where To File If you are not enclosing a payment, file Form 1040NR-EZ and Form 1040NR at the following address. Tax preparation for military members  Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Austin, TX 73301-0215 If enclosing a payment, mail your return to:  Internal Revenue Service  P. Tax preparation for military members O. Tax preparation for military members Box 1303 Charlotte, NC 28201-1303 Aliens from the U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islands. Tax preparation for military members    If you are a bona fide resident of the U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islands during your entire tax year and work temporarily in the United States, you must pay your income taxes to the U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islands and file your income tax returns at the following address. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue 6115 Estate Smith Bay Suite 225 St. Tax preparation for military members Thomas, VI 00802   Report all income from U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members sources, as well as income from other sources, on your return. Tax preparation for military members For information on filing U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islands returns, contact the U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue. Tax preparation for military members   Chapter 8 discusses withholding from U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members wages of U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Virgin Islanders. Tax preparation for military members Aliens from Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Tax preparation for military members   If you are a bona fide resident of Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) during your entire tax year, you must file your return with, and pay any tax due to, Guam or the CNMI. Tax preparation for military members Report all income, including income from U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members sources, on your return. Tax preparation for military members It is not necessary to file a separate U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax return. Tax preparation for military members    Bona fide residents of Guam should file their Guam returns at the following address. Tax preparation for military members   Department of Revenue and Taxation Government of Guam P. Tax preparation for military members O. Tax preparation for military members Box 23607 GMF, GU 96921    Bona fide residents of the CNMI should file their CNMI income tax returns at the following address. Tax preparation for military members   Department of Finance Division of Revenue and Taxation Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands P. Tax preparation for military members O. Tax preparation for military members Box 5234 CHRB Saipan, MP 96950   If you are not a bona fide resident of Guam or the CNMI, see Pub. Tax preparation for military members 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Possessions, for information on where to file your return. Tax preparation for military members Amended Returns and Claims for Refund If you find changes in your income, deductions, or credits after you mail your return, file Form 1040X, Amended U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Individual Income Tax Return. Tax preparation for military members Also use Form 1040X if you should have filed Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ instead of Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ, or vice versa. Tax preparation for military members If you amend Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ or file the correct return, attach the corrected return (Form 1040, Form 1040NR, etc. Tax preparation for military members ) to Form 1040X. Tax preparation for military members Print “Amended” across the top. Tax preparation for military members Ordinarily, an amended return claiming a refund must be filed within 3 years from the date your return was filed or within 2 years from the time the tax was paid, whichever is later. Tax preparation for military members A return filed before the final due date is considered to have been filed on the due date. Tax preparation for military members Other Forms You May Have To File You may be required to file information returns to report certain foreign income or assets, or monetary transactions. Tax preparation for military members FinCen Form 105 FinCEN Form 105 (formerly Customs Form 4790), Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments, must be filed by each person who physically transports, mails, or ships, or causes to be physically transported, mailed, or shipped, currency or other monetary instruments in a total amount of more than $10,000 at one time from the United States to any place outside the United States, or into the United States from any place outside the United States. Tax preparation for military members The filing requirement also applies to each person who receives in the United States currency or monetary instruments totaling more than $10,000 at one time from any place outside of the United States. Tax preparation for military members The term “monetary instruments” means the following: Coin and currency of the United States or of any other country, Travelers' checks in any form, Investment securities or stock in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title to them passes upon delivery, Negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or otherwise in such form that title to them passes upon delivery, and Checks, promissory notes, and money orders which are signed but on which the name of the payee has been omitted. Tax preparation for military members However, the term does not include: Checks or money orders made payable to the order of a named person which have not been endorsed or which contain restrictive endorsements, Warehouse receipts, or Bills of lading. Tax preparation for military members A transfer of funds through normal banking procedures (wire transfer) that does not involve the physical transportation of currency or monetary instruments is not required to be reported on FinCEN Form 105. Tax preparation for military members Filing requirements. Tax preparation for military members   FinCEN Form 105 filing requirements follow. Tax preparation for military members Recipients. Tax preparation for military members   Each person who receives currency or other monetary instruments in the United States must file FinCEN Form 105 within 15 days after receipt, with the Customs officer in charge at any port of entry or departure, or by mail at the following address. Tax preparation for military members Commissioner of Customs  Attention: Currency Transportation Reports Washington, DC 20229 Shippers or mailers. Tax preparation for military members   If the currency or other monetary instrument does not accompany the person entering or departing the United States, FinCEN Form 105 can be filed by mail at the above address on or before the date of entry, departure, mailing, or shipping. Tax preparation for military members Travelers. Tax preparation for military members   Travelers must file FinCEN Form 105 with the Customs officer in charge at any Customs port of entry or departure, when entering or departing the United States. Tax preparation for military members Penalties. Tax preparation for military members   Civil and criminal penalties are provided for failing to file a report, filing a report containing material omissions or misstatements, or filing a false or fraudulent report. Tax preparation for military members Also, the entire amount of the currency or monetary instrument may be subject to seizure and forfeiture. Tax preparation for military members More information. Tax preparation for military members   More information regarding the filing of FinCEN Form 105 can be found in the instructions on the back of the form. Tax preparation for military members Form 8938 You may have to file Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, to report the ownership of specified foreign financial asset(s) if you are one of the following individuals. Tax preparation for military members A resident alien of the United States for any part of the tax year. Tax preparation for military members A resident alien of the United States who elects to be treated as a resident of a foreign country under the provisions of a U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members income tax treaty. Tax preparation for military members See Effect of Tax Treaties in chapter 1. Tax preparation for military members A nonresident alien who makes an election to be treated as a resident alien for purposes of filing a joint income tax return. Tax preparation for military members See chapter 1 for information about this election. Tax preparation for military members A nonresident alien who is a bona fide resident of American Samoa or Puerto Rico. Tax preparation for military members See Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members Possessions, for a definition of bona fide resident. Tax preparation for military members You must file Form 8938 if the total value of those assets exceeds an applicable threshold (the “reporting threshold”). Tax preparation for military members The reporting threshold varies depending on whether you live in the United States, are married, or file a joint income tax return with your spouse. Tax preparation for military members Specified foreign financial assets include any financial account maintained by a foreign financial institution and, to the extent held for investment, any stock, securities, or any other interest in a foreign entity and any financial instrument or contract with an issuer or counterparty that is not a U. Tax preparation for military members S. Tax preparation for military members person. Tax preparation for military members You may have to pay penalties if you are required to file Form 8938 and fail to do so, or if you have an understatement of tax due to any transaction involving an undisclosed foreign financial asset. Tax preparation for military members More information about the filing of Form 8938 can be found in the separate instructions for Form 8938. Tax preparation for military members Penalties The law provides penalties for failure to file returns or pay taxes as required. Tax preparation for military members Civil Penalties If you do not file your return and pay your tax by the due date, you may have to pay a penalty. Tax preparation for military members You may also have to pay a penalty if you substantially understate your tax, file a frivolous tax submission, or fail to supply your taxpayer identification number. Tax preparation for military members If you provide fraudulent information on your return, you may have to pay a civil fraud penalty. Tax preparation for military members Filing late. Tax preparation for military members   If you do not file your return by the due date (including extensions), you may have to pay a failure-to-file penalty. Tax preparation for military members The penalty is based on the tax not paid by the due date (without regard to extensions). Tax preparation for military members The penalty is usually 5% for each month or part of a month that a return is late, but not more than 25%. Tax preparation for military members Fraud. Tax preparation for military members   If your failure to file is due to fraud, the penalty is 15% for each month or part of a month that your return is late, up to a maximum of 75%. Tax preparation for military members Return over 60 days late. Tax preparation for military members   If you file your return more than 60 days after the due date or extended due date, the minimum penalty is the smaller of $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax. Tax preparation for military members Exception. Tax preparation for military members   You will not have to pay the penalty if you show that you failed to file on time because of reasonable cause and not because of willful neglect. Tax preparation for military members Paying tax late. Tax preparation for military members   You will have to pay a failure-to-pay penalty of ½ of 1% (. Tax preparation for military members 50%) of your unpaid taxes for each month, or part of a month, after the due date that the tax is not paid. Tax preparation for military members This penalty does not apply during the automatic 6-month extension of time to file period, if you paid at least 90% of your actual tax liability on or before the due date of your return and pay the balance when you file the return. Tax preparation for military members   The monthly rate of the failure-to-pay penalty is half the usual rate (. Tax preparation for military members 25% instead of . Tax preparation for military members 50%) if an installment agreement is in effect for that month. Tax preparation for military members You must have filed your return by the due date (including extensions) to qualify for this reduced penalty. Tax preparation for military members   If a notice of intent to levy is issued, the rate will increase to 1% at the start of the first month beginning at least 10 days after the day that the notice is issued. Tax preparation for military members If a notice and demand for immediate payment is issued, the rate will increase to 1% at the start of the first month beginning after the day that the notice and demand is issued. Tax preparation for military members   This penalty cannot be more than 25% of your unpaid tax. Tax preparation for military members You will not have to pay the penalty if you can show that you had a good reason for not paying your tax on time. Tax preparation for military members Combined penalties. Tax preparation for military members   If both the failure-to-file penalty and the failure-to-pay penalty (discussed earlier) apply in any month, the 5% (or 15%) failure-to-file penalty is reduced by the failure-to-pay penalty. Tax preparation for military members However, if you file your return more than 60 days after the due date or extended due date, the minimum penalty is the smaller of $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax. Tax preparation for military members Accuracy-related penalty. Tax preparation for military members   You may have to pay an accuracy-related penalty if you underpay your tax because: You show negligence or disregard of rules or regulations, You substantially understate your income tax, You claim tax benefits for a transaction that lacks economic substance, or You fail to disclose a foreign financial asset. Tax preparation for military members The penalty is equal to 20% of the underpayment. Tax preparation for military members The penalty is 40% of any portion of the underpayment that is attributable to an undisclosed noneconomic substance transaction or an undisclosed foreign financial asset transaction. Tax preparation for military members The penalty will not be figured on any part of an underpayment on which the fraud penalty (discussed later) is charged. Tax preparation for military members Negligence or disregard. Tax preparation for military members   The term “negligence” includes a failure to make a reasonable attempt to comply with the tax law or to exercise ordinary and reasonable care in preparing a return. Tax preparation for military members Negligence also includes failure to keep adequate books and records. Tax preparation for military members You will not have to pay a negligence penalty if you have a reasonable basis for a position you took. Tax preparation for military members   The term “disregard” includes any careless, reckless, or intentional disregard. Tax preparation for military members Adequate disclosure. Tax preparation for military members   You can avoid the penalty for disregard of rules or regulations if you adequately disclose on your return a position that has at least a reasonable basis. Tax preparation for military members See Disclosure statement , later. Tax preparation for military members   This exception will not apply to an item that is attributable to a tax shelter. Tax preparation for military members In addition, it will not apply if you fail to keep adequate books and records, or substantiate items properly. Tax preparation for military members Substantial understatement of income tax. Tax preparation for military members   You understate your tax if the tax shown on your return is less than the correct tax. Tax preparation for military members The understatement is substantial if it is more than the larger of 10% of the correct tax or $5,000. Tax preparation for military members However, the amount of the understatement is reduced to the extent the understatement is due to: Substantial authority, or Adequate disclosure and a reasonable basis. Tax preparation for military members   If an item on your return is attributable to a tax shelter, there is no reduction for an adequate disclosure. Tax preparation for military members However, there is a reduction for a position with substantial authority, but only if you reasonably believed that your tax treatment was more likely than not the proper treatment. Tax preparation for military members Substantial authority. Tax preparation for military members   Whether there is or was substantial authority for the tax treatment of an item depends on the facts and circumstances. Tax preparation for military members Consideration will be given to court opinions, Treasury regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, and notices and announcements issued by the IRS and published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin that involve the same or similar circumstances as yours. Tax preparation for military members Disclosure statement. Tax preparation for military members   To adequately disclose the relevant facts about your tax treatment of an item, use Form 8275, Disclosure Statement. Tax preparation for military members You must also have a reasonable basis for treating the item the way you did. Tax preparation for military members   In cases of substantial understatement only, items that meet the requirements of Revenue Procedure 2012-51, 2012-51 IRB 719 (or later update) are considered adequately disclosed on your return without filing Form 8275. Tax preparation for military members   Use Form 8275-R, Regulation Disclosure Statement, to disclose items or positions contrary to regulations. Tax preparation for military members Transaction lacking economic substance. Tax preparation for military members   For more information on economic substance, see section 7701(o). Tax preparation for military members Foreign financial asset. Tax preparation for military members   For more information on undisclosed foreign financial assets, see section 6662(j) or the Instructions for Form 8938. Tax preparation for military members Reasonable cause. Tax preparation for military members   You will not have to pay a penalty if you show a good reason (reasonable cause) for the way you treated an item. Tax preparation for military members You must also show that you acted in good faith. Tax preparation for military members This does not apply to a transaction that lacks economic substance. Tax preparation for military members Filing erroneous claim for refund or credit. Tax preparation for military members   You may have to pay a penalty if you file an erroneous claim for refund or credit. Tax preparation for military members The penalty is equal to 20% of the disallowed amount of the claim, unless you can show a reasonable basis for the way you treated an item. Tax preparation for military members However, any disallowed amount due to a transaction that lacks economic substance will not be treated as having a reasonable basis. Tax preparation for military members The penalty will not be figured on any part of the disallowed amount of the claim that relates to the earned income credit or on which the accuracy-related or fraud penalties are charged. Tax preparation for military members Frivolous tax submission. Tax preparation for military members   You may have to pay a penalty of $5,000 if you file a frivolous tax return or other frivolous submissions. Tax preparation for military members A frivolous tax return is one that does not include enough information to figure the correct tax or that contains information clearly showing that the tax you reported is substantially incorrect. Tax preparation for military members For more information on frivolous returns, frivolous submissions, and a list of positions that are identified as frivolous, see Notice 2010-33, 2010-17 IRB 609 available at www. Tax preparation for military members irs. Tax preparation for military members gov/irb/2010-17_irb/ar13. Tax preparation for military members html. Tax preparation for military members   You will have to pay the penalty if you filed this kind of return or submission based on a frivolous position or a desire to delay or interfere with the administration of federal tax laws. Tax preparation for military members This includes altering or striking out the preprinted language above the space provided for your signature. Tax preparation for military members   This penalty is added to any other penalty provided by law. Tax preparation for military members Fraud. Tax preparation for military members   If there is any underpayment of tax on your return due to fraud, a penalty of 75% of the underpayment due to fraud will be added to your tax. Tax preparation for military members Failure to supply taxpayer identification number. Tax preparation for military members   If you do not include your social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) or the SSN or ITIN of another person where required on a return, statement, or other document, you will be subject to a penalty of $50 for each failure. Tax preparation for military members You will also be subject to a penalty of $50 if you do not give your SSN or ITIN to another person when it is required on a return, statement, or other document. Tax preparation for military members   For example, if you have a bank account that earns interest, you must give your SSN or ITIN to the bank. Tax preparation for military members The number must be shown on the Form 1099-INT or other statement the bank sends you. Tax preparation for military members If you do not give the bank your SSN or ITIN, you will be subject to the $50 penalty. Tax preparation for military members (You also may be subject to “backup” withholding of income tax. Tax preparation for military members )   You will not have to pay the penalty if you are able to show that the failure was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. Tax preparation for military members Criminal Penalties You may be subject to criminal prosecution (brought to trial) for actions such as: Tax evasion, Willful failure to file a return, supply information, or pay any tax due, Fraud and false statements, or Preparing and filing a fraudulent return. 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Tax preparation for military members 17. Tax preparation for military members   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. Tax preparation for military members Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. Tax preparation for military members Free help with your tax return. Tax preparation for military members   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Tax preparation for military members The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Tax preparation for military members The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Tax preparation for military members Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Tax preparation for military members Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Tax preparation for military members To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov or call 1-800-906-9887. Tax preparation for military members   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Tax preparation for military members To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Tax preparation for military members aarp. Tax preparation for military members org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Tax preparation for military members   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Tax preparation for military members Internet. Tax preparation for military members IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are — every day, every night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tax preparation for military members Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Tax preparation for military members Go to IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Tax preparation for military members Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Tax preparation for military members Download forms, instructions, and publications, including some accessible versions. Tax preparation for military members Order free transcripts of your tax returns or tax account using the Order a Transcript tool on IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov or IRS2Go. Tax preparation for military members Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and past three years. Tax preparation for military members Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov or IRS2Go. Tax preparation for military members Stop by most business days for face-to-face tax help, no appointment necessary — just walk in. Tax preparation for military members An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Tax preparation for military members Before you visit, check the Office Locator for the address, phone number, hours of operation and the services provided. Tax preparation for military members If you have an ongoing tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Tax preparation for military members Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Tax preparation for military members Locate the nearest volunteer help site with the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Tax preparation for military members gov. Tax preparation for military members Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Tax preparation for military members The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Tax preparation for military members Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and some provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Tax preparation for military members AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program as part of the TCE program. Tax preparation for military members Visit AARP's website to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Tax preparation for military members Research your tax questions. Tax preparation for military members Search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Tax preparation for military members Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Tax preparation for military members Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Tax preparation for military members Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Tax preparation for military members Phone. Tax preparation for military members You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Tax preparation for military members   Call the Business and Specialty Tax line for questions at 1-800-829-4933. Tax preparation for military members Download the free IRS2Go mobile app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Tax preparation for military members Use it to watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, check your refund status, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Tax preparation for military members Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. Tax preparation for military members Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Tax preparation for military members The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Tax preparation for military members Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Tax preparation for military members Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Tax preparation for military members Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Tax preparation for military members Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Tax preparation for military members You should receive your order within 10 business days. Tax preparation for military members Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. Tax preparation for military members Follow the prompts to provide your Employer Identification Number, street address and ZIP code. Tax preparation for military members Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Tax preparation for military members Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Tax preparation for military members The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Tax preparation for military members These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. Tax preparation for military members gsa. Tax preparation for military members gov/fedrelay. Tax preparation for military members Walk-in. Tax preparation for military members You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. Tax preparation for military members   Products. Tax preparation for military members You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Tax preparation for military members Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Tax preparation for military members Services. Tax preparation for military members You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Tax preparation for military members An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Tax preparation for military members If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Tax preparation for military members No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Tax preparation for military members Before visiting, check www. Tax preparation for military members irs. Tax preparation for military members gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Tax preparation for military members Mail. Tax preparation for military members You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Tax preparation for military members You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Tax preparation for military members  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Tax preparation for military members Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Tax preparation for military members   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Tax preparation for military members Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Tax preparation for military members What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Tax preparation for military members We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Tax preparation for military members You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Tax preparation for military members You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Tax preparation for military members   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Tax preparation for military members Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Tax preparation for military members Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Tax preparation for military members Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Tax preparation for military members We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Tax preparation for military members How can you reach us?   If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. Tax preparation for military members irs. Tax preparation for military members gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Tax preparation for military members How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Tax preparation for military members If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Tax preparation for military members irs. Tax preparation for military members gov/sams. Tax preparation for military members Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Tax preparation for military members   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. Tax preparation for military members Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Tax preparation for military members Visit www. Tax preparation for military members TaxpayerAdvocate. Tax preparation for military members irs. Tax preparation for military members gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Tax preparation for military members Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. Tax preparation for military members This online guide is a must for every small business owner or any taxpayer about to start a business. Tax preparation for military members  The information is updated during the year. Tax preparation for military members Visit www. Tax preparation for military members irs. Tax preparation for military members gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed. Tax preparation for military members Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications