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Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Some employees may be able to deduct certain work-related expenses. The following facts from the IRS can help you determine which expenses are deductible as an employee business expense. You must be itemizing deductions on IRS Schedule A to qualify. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Expenses that qualify for an itemized deduction generally include: Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Business travel away from home Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Business use of your car Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Business meals and entertainment Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Travel Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Use of your home Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Education Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Supplies Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Tools Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Miscellaneous expenses Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must keep records to prove the business expenses you deduct. For general information on recordkeeping, see IRS Publication 552, Recordkeeping for Individuals available on this website, or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If your employer reimburses you under an accountable plan, you should not include the payments in your gross income, and you may not deduct any of the reimbursed amounts. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version An accountable plan must meet three requirements: Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must have paid or incurred expenses that are deductible while performing services as an employee. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable time period. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable time period. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If the plan under which you are reimbursed by your employer is non-accountable, the payments you receive should be included in the wages shown on your Form W-2. You must report the income and itemize your deductions to deduct these expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Generally, you report unreimbursed expenses on IRS Form 2106 or IRS Form 2106-EZ and attach it to Form 1040. Deductible expenses are then reported on IRS Schedule A, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to a rule that limits your employee business expenses deduction to the amount that exceeds 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For more information see IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, which is available on this website, or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version
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The Turbotax Home & Business Federal E File State 2011 Old Version

Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Automatic 2-month extension. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Married taxpayers. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Additional extension. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Generally, you must file it by April 15. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Payment of tax. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Electronic filing. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version See Form 4868 for more information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Limit on additional extensions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   For more information, see Publication 54. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Do not include accounts in a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version military banking facility operated by a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version financial institution. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version File the completed form by June 30 of the following year with the Department of the Treasury at the address shown on that form. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Do not attach it to Form 1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version law. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version tax. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government as an employee. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version But see Other Employment, later. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version agency reimbursed by foreign country. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you are a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government employee paid by a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This is true even if the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Employees of post exchanges, etc. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, Embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizens or green card holders. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Consequently, if you are a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version tax on your government pay. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are neither a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Review the treaty text carefully. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizens must always file Form 1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Non-U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Pay differentials. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Foreign areas allowances. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Cost-of-living allowances. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Federal court employees. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version American Institute in Taiwan. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version tax if they are equivalent to tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Federal reemployment payments after serving with an international organization. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, amounts paid by the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version government for your usual costs of operating and maintaining your household are taxable. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If amounts are withheld from your pay to cover these expenses, you cannot exclude or deduct those amounts from your income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Peace Corps. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you are a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader, some allowances you receive are taxable and others are not. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Taxable allowances. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The following allowances must be included on your Form W-2 and reported on your return as wages. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are a volunteer leader, allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are training in the United States. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The part of living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This is the part for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Leave allowances. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Readjustment allowances or “termination payments. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version ” Taxable allowances are considered received by you when credited to your account. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Example. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Nontaxable allowances. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Other Income Other employment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If, in addition to your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version In addition, if your spouse is a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For more information, see Publication 54. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Sale of personal property. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, losses from sales of your personal property, whether directly or through an unfavorable exchange rate, are not deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Sale of your home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   All or part of the gain on the sale of your main home, within or outside the United States, may be taxable. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Losses are not deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You may be able to exclude from income any gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Generally, you must have owned and used the home as your main residence for two of the five years preceding the date of sale. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your home for tax purposes (tax home) is your regular post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your tax home is not limited to the Embassy, consulate, or duty station. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version It includes the entire city or general area in which your principal place of employment is located. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Traveling away from home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You are traveling away from home if you meet both of the following requirements. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Temporary assignment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you expect employment to last for one year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Employment that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Limit on meals and entertainment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government expense allowance arrangement. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Individuals subject to hours of service limits. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Primary purpose of trip must be for business. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Expenses paid for others. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Home leave. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The Foreign Service Act requires U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version More information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version They do not include expenses you have when traveling away from home overnight. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed earlier. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Commuting. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You cannot deduct your transportation costs of going between your home and your regular business location. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These costs are personal commuting expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version More information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   For more information on transportation expenses, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Membership dues. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Subscriptions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Educational expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These rules apply even if the education is required by your agency or it maintains or improves skills required in your work. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on educational expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These benefits are explained in Publication 970. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Foreign service representation expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you are an employee of the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The expenses, while specifically not reimbursable under State Department regulations, were ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of your official duties. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These rules are explained in Publication 463. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Representation expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These regulations are available on the Internet at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version state. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/m/a/als. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Look under “Standardized Regulations (DSSR)” and click on “DSSR Table of Contents. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version ” Publication 463 and Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Impairment-related work expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Attendant care includes a reader for a blind person and a helper for a person with a physical disability. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These expenses are reported on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carried to Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Loss on conversion of U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version dollars into foreign currency. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The conversion of U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Recordkeeping Rules If you claim a deduction for unreimbursed business expenses, you must keep timely and adequate records of all your business expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version How to record your expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your records must be timely. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Confidential information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version How To Report Business Expenses As a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Form 2106-EZ. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government employee. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Closely related to the start of work. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version In general, you must have incurred your moving expenses within one year from the time you first report to your new job or business. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Distance test. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Time test. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Deductible moving expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Expenses must be reasonable. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Members of your household. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Retirees. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Survivors. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version How to report moving expenses. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version ) Reimbursements. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Additional information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Contributions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Example. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The result is 3/4. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Exception to the reduction. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Required statement. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The statement must contain all of the following information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The amount of each type of tax-free income you received, such as a tax-free housing allowance or tax-free representation allowance. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The amount of otherwise deductible expenses attributable to each type of tax-free income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The amount attributable to each type of tax-free income that was not directly attributable to that type of tax-free income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version An explanation of how you determined the amounts not directly attributable to each type of tax-free income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The statement must also indicate that none of the amounts deducted on your return are in any way attributable to tax-free income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version income tax liability or deduct them as an itemized deduction when figuring your taxable income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Do not include the foreign taxes paid or accrued as withheld income taxes in the Payments section of Form 1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Foreign tax credit. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Your foreign tax credit is subject to a limit based on your taxable income from foreign sources. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you choose to figure a credit against your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version tax liability for the foreign taxes, you generally must complete Form 1116 and attach it to your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version income tax return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    You cannot claim a credit for foreign taxes paid on amounts excluded from gross income under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If all your foreign income is exempt from U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version tax, you will not be able to claim a foreign tax credit. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Exemption from limit. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can elect to not be subject to the foreign tax limit if you meet all the following conditions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Your only foreign income is passive income, such as interest, dividends, and royalties. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The total of all your foreign taxes is not more than $300 ($600 for joint tax returns). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you make the election, you can claim a foreign tax credit without filing Form 1116. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version However, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version See the instructions for the appropriate line in the Tax and Credits section of Form 1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Foreign tax deduction. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you choose to deduct all foreign income taxes on your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version income tax return, itemize the deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on income you exclude under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Example. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Dennis and Christina are married and live and work in Country X. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Dennis works for the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government and Christina is employed by a private company. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version They pay income tax to Country X on Christina's income only. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Dennis and Christina file a joint tax return and exclude all of Christina's income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version They cannot claim a foreign tax credit or take a deduction for the taxes paid to Country X. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Deduction for other foreign taxes. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes paid to a foreign country. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version More information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The foreign tax credit and deduction, their limits, and carryback and carryover provisions are discussed in detail in Publication 514. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Local (Foreign) Tax Return As a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government employee, you are expected to observe and fulfill all tax obligations imposed by the host country government. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Tax Treaty Benefits As discussed earlier, most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Review the treaty text carefully to determine whether your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Government remuneration is taxable in the host country. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version citizens who are residents of a treaty country. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For more information about the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, earlier. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version For example, consular employees may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations or bilateral consular agreements. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Similarly, certain diplomatic staff may be exempt from host country tax under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Check with the appropriate U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Embassy for more information. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Double Withholding If your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version government pay is subject to withholding in both the United States and the foreign country, you may reduce the amount of U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version tax that is withheld from your pay if you expect to be entitled to a foreign tax credit on your U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version income tax return on this income. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Complete Worksheet 1-6 in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, to determine how to revise Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version How To Get Tax Help You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Free help with your tax return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-moderate income, elderly, disabled, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version aarp. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Internet. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can access the IRS website at IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Check the status of your 2012 refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Go to IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov and click on Where’s My Refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Where's My Refund? has a new look this year! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through three stages: (1) return received, (2) refund approved, and (3) refund sent. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version So in a change from previous filing seasons, you won't get an estimated refund date right away. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can obtain a free transcript online at IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov by clicking on Order a Return or Account Transcript under “Tools. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version ” For a transcript by phone, call 1-800-908-9946 and follow the prompts in the recorded message. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You will be prompted to provide your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Download forms, including talking tax forms, instructions, and publications. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Order IRS products. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Research your tax questions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Search publications by topic or keyword. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Use the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Figure your withholding allowances using the IRS Withholding Calculator at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/individuals. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Determine if Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax— Individuals), must be filed by using our Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Assistant available at IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov by typing Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant in the search box. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Get information on starting and operating a small business. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Phone. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Many services are available by phone. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Ordering forms, instructions, and publications. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Call 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). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You should receive your order within 10 days. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Asking tax questions. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Call the IRS with your tax questions at 1-800-829-1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Solving problems. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can get face-to-face help solving tax problems most business days in IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your account, or help you set up a payment plan. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Call your local Taxpayer Assistance Center for an appointment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To find the number, go to www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version TTY/TDD equipment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you have access to TTY/TDD equipment, call 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or to order forms and publications. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The TTY/TDD telephone number is for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These individuals can also access the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gsa. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/fedrelay. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version TeleTax topics. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Call 1-800-829-4477 to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Checking the status of your 2012 refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To check the status of your 2012 refund, call 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477 (automated Where's My Refund? information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Have your 2012 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Outside the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are outside the United States, taxpayer assistance is available at the following U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S Embassies or consulate. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Beijing, China (86) (10) 8531-3983 Frankfurt, Germany (49) (69) 7535-3834 London, England (44) (20) 7894-0476 Paris, France (33) (1) 4312-2555 Please contact the office for times when assistance will be available. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you cannot get to one of these offices, taxpayer assistance is available at (267) 941-1000 (not a toll free call). Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are in a U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Virgin Islands) and have a tax question, you can call 1-800-829-1040. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Evaluating the quality of our telephone services. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To ensure IRS representatives give accurate, courteous, and professional answers, we use several methods to evaluate the quality of our telephone services. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version One method is for a second IRS representative to listen in on or record random telephone calls. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Another is to ask some callers to complete a short survey at the end of the call. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Walk-in. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Some products and services are available on a walk-in basis. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   Products. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Also, some IRS offices and libraries have the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, Internal Revenue Bulletins, and Cumulative Bulletins available for research purposes. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Services. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version 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. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Before visiting, check www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you have an ongoing, complex tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, an appointment can be requested by calling your local TAC. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can leave a message and a representative will call you back within 2 business days. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version All other issues will be handled without an appointment. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version To call your local TAC, go to  www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Outside the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are outside the United States during the filing period (January to mid-June), you can get the necessary federal tax forms and publications from most U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Embassies and consulates. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Mail. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Outside the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you are outside the United States, you can get tax assistance by writing to the address below. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version  Internal Revenue Service International Accounts Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Its job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version TAS offers free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven’t been able to solve on your own. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   TAS can help if you can’t resolve your problem with the IRS and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS has not responded to you by the date promised. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you qualify for help, they will do everything they can to get your problem resolved. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You will be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version TAS has offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Although TAS is independent within the IRS, their advocates know how to work with the IRS to get your problems resolved. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version And its services are always free. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   As a taxpayer, you have rights that the IRS must abide by in its dealings with you. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version The TAS tax toolkit at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version TaxpayerAdvocate. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov can help you understand these rights. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   If you think TAS might be able to help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book and on our website at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/advocate. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can also call the toll-free number at 1-877-777-4778. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version Deaf and hard of hearing individuals who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version These individuals can also access the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gsa. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/fedrelay. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version   TAS also handles large-scale or systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it through the Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version irs. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version gov/advocate. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version    Outside the U. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version S. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version If you live outside of the United States, you can call the Taxpayer Advocate at (787) 522-8601 in English or (787) 522-8600 in Spanish. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version You can contact the Taxpayer Advocate at: Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service City View Plaza, 48 Carr 165, Suite 2000 Guaynabo, P. Turbotax home & business federal e file state 2011 old version R. 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