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File back taxes free Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. File back taxes free See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. File back taxes free When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. File back taxes free The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. File back taxes free You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. File back taxes free In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. File back taxes free Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. File back taxes free Automatic 2-month extension. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. File back taxes free You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. File back taxes free Married taxpayers. File back taxes free   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. File back taxes free If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. File back taxes free Additional extension. File back taxes free   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. File back taxes free You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. File back taxes free   Generally, you must file it by April 15. File back taxes free However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. File back taxes free Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. File back taxes free Payment of tax. File back taxes free   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. File back taxes free The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. File back taxes free , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Electronic filing. File back taxes free   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. File back taxes free See Form 4868 for more information. File back taxes free Limit on additional extensions. File back taxes free   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. File back taxes free However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. File back taxes free   For more information, see Publication 54. File back taxes free Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. File back taxes free Do not include accounts in a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free military banking facility operated by a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free financial institution. File back taxes free File the completed form by June 30 of the following year with the Department of the Treasury at the address shown on that form. File back taxes free Do not attach it to Form 1040. File back taxes free If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. File back taxes free U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. File back taxes free If you are a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free law. File back taxes free This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). File back taxes free If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free tax. File back taxes free Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government as an employee. File back taxes free But see Other Employment, later. File back taxes free Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. File back taxes free U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free agency reimbursed by foreign country. File back taxes free   If you are a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government employee paid by a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. File back taxes free This is true even if the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. File back taxes free Employees of post exchanges, etc. File back taxes free   If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, Embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government. File back taxes free This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. File back taxes free These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. File back taxes free Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizens or green card holders. File back taxes free Consequently, if you are a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free tax on your government pay. File back taxes free If you are neither a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Review the treaty text carefully. File back taxes free U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizens must always file Form 1040. File back taxes free Non-U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. File back taxes free Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizens who are residents of a treaty country. File back taxes free For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. File back taxes free Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. File back taxes free However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. File back taxes free The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. File back taxes free Pay differentials. File back taxes free   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. File back taxes free Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. File back taxes free Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. File back taxes free Foreign areas allowances. File back taxes free   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. File back taxes free Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. File back taxes free   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. File back taxes free Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. File back taxes free Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. File back taxes free Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. File back taxes free Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. File back taxes free Cost-of-living allowances. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. File back taxes free Federal court employees. File back taxes free   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. File back taxes free The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. File back taxes free American Institute in Taiwan. File back taxes free   If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free tax if they are equivalent to tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government. File back taxes free Federal reemployment payments after serving with an international organization. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free However, amounts paid by the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free government for your usual costs of operating and maintaining your household are taxable. File back taxes free If amounts are withheld from your pay to cover these expenses, you cannot exclude or deduct those amounts from your income. File back taxes free Peace Corps. File back taxes free   If you are a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader, some allowances you receive are taxable and others are not. File back taxes free Taxable allowances. File back taxes free   The following allowances must be included on your Form W-2 and reported on your return as wages. File back taxes free If you are a volunteer leader, allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are training in the United States. File back taxes free The part of living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. File back taxes free This is the part for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. File back taxes free Leave allowances. File back taxes free Readjustment allowances or “termination payments. File back taxes free ” Taxable allowances are considered received by you when credited to your account. File back taxes free Example. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Nontaxable allowances. File back taxes free   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. File back taxes free These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. File back taxes free These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. File back taxes free Other Income Other employment. File back taxes free   If, in addition to your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free In addition, if your spouse is a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free For more information, see Publication 54. File back taxes free The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. File back taxes free As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free Sale of personal property. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. File back taxes free Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. File back taxes free However, losses from sales of your personal property, whether directly or through an unfavorable exchange rate, are not deductible. File back taxes free Sale of your home. File back taxes free   All or part of the gain on the sale of your main home, within or outside the United States, may be taxable. File back taxes free Losses are not deductible. File back taxes free   You may be able to exclude from income any gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return). File back taxes free Generally, you must have owned and used the home as your main residence for two of the five years preceding the date of sale. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. File back taxes free Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Your home for tax purposes (tax home) is your regular post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. File back taxes free Your tax home is not limited to the Embassy, consulate, or duty station. File back taxes free It includes the entire city or general area in which your principal place of employment is located. File back taxes free Traveling away from home. File back taxes free   You are traveling away from home if you meet both of the following requirements. File back taxes free Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. File back taxes free You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. File back taxes free This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Temporary assignment. File back taxes free   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. File back taxes free You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. File back taxes free If you expect employment to last for one year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. File back taxes free Employment that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Limit on meals and entertainment. File back taxes free   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. File back taxes free However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government expense allowance arrangement. File back taxes free Individuals subject to hours of service limits. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. File back taxes free Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. File back taxes free Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. File back taxes free Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. File back taxes free Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. File back taxes free Primary purpose of trip must be for business. File back taxes free   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. File back taxes free However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. File back taxes free   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. File back taxes free This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. File back taxes free However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. File back taxes free Expenses paid for others. File back taxes free   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. File back taxes free Home leave. File back taxes free   The Foreign Service Act requires U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. File back taxes free Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. File back taxes free More information. File back taxes free   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. File back taxes free Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. File back taxes free Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. File back taxes free They do not include expenses you have when traveling away from home overnight. File back taxes free Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed earlier. File back taxes free Commuting. File back taxes free   You cannot deduct your transportation costs of going between your home and your regular business location. File back taxes free These costs are personal commuting expenses. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free More information. File back taxes free   For more information on transportation expenses, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. File back taxes free Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. File back taxes free Membership dues. File back taxes free   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. File back taxes free Subscriptions. File back taxes free   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. File back taxes free Educational expenses. File back taxes free   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. File back taxes free However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free These rules apply even if the education is required by your agency or it maintains or improves skills required in your work. File back taxes free   See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on educational expenses. File back taxes free    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free These benefits are explained in Publication 970. File back taxes free Foreign service representation expenses. File back taxes free   If you are an employee of the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free The expenses, while specifically not reimbursable under State Department regulations, were ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of your official duties. File back taxes free    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. File back taxes free These rules are explained in Publication 463. File back taxes free Representation expenses. File back taxes free   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. File back taxes free They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. File back taxes free These regulations are available on the Internet at www. File back taxes free state. File back taxes free gov/m/a/als. File back taxes free Look under “Standardized Regulations (DSSR)” and click on “DSSR Table of Contents. File back taxes free ” Publication 463 and Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as ordinary and necessary business expenses. File back taxes free Impairment-related work expenses. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free Attendant care includes a reader for a blind person and a helper for a person with a physical disability. File back taxes free These expenses are reported on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carried to Schedule A (Form 1040). File back taxes free They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. File back taxes free Loss on conversion of U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free dollars into foreign currency. File back taxes free   The conversion of U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Recordkeeping Rules If you claim a deduction for unreimbursed business expenses, you must keep timely and adequate records of all your business expenses. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. File back taxes free You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. File back taxes free For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. File back taxes free The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. File back taxes free The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. File back taxes free How to record your expenses. File back taxes free   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. File back taxes free They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. File back taxes free However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. File back taxes free    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. File back taxes free It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. File back taxes free Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. File back taxes free It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. File back taxes free    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. File back taxes free You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. File back taxes free Your records must be timely. File back taxes free   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. File back taxes free A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. File back taxes free Confidential information. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free How To Report Business Expenses As a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. File back taxes free   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. File back taxes free Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. File back taxes free Form 2106-EZ. File back taxes free   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. File back taxes free You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. File back taxes free You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. File back taxes free (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. File back taxes free ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. File back taxes free Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government employee. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Closely related to the start of work. File back taxes free   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. File back taxes free In general, you must have incurred your moving expenses within one year from the time you first report to your new job or business. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Distance test. File back taxes free   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. File back taxes free If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. File back taxes free Time test. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free Deductible moving expenses. File back taxes free   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). File back taxes free    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. File back taxes free   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Expenses must be reasonable. File back taxes free   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Members of your household. File back taxes free   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. File back taxes free It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. File back taxes free Retirees. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. File back taxes free Survivors. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. File back taxes free It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. File back taxes free You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. File back taxes free How to report moving expenses. File back taxes free   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. File back taxes free Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. File back taxes free (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. File back taxes free ) Reimbursements. File back taxes free   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. File back taxes free You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. File back taxes free However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. File back taxes free Additional information. File back taxes free   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. File back taxes free Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. File back taxes free Contributions. File back taxes free   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. File back taxes free You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. File back taxes free For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. File back taxes free Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. File back taxes free   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Example. File back taxes free Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. File back taxes free During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. File back taxes free Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free The result is 3/4. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Exception to the reduction. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free Required statement. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free The statement must contain all of the following information. File back taxes free The amount of each type of tax-free income you received, such as a tax-free housing allowance or tax-free representation allowance. File back taxes free The amount of otherwise deductible expenses attributable to each type of tax-free income. File back taxes free The amount attributable to each type of tax-free income that was not directly attributable to that type of tax-free income. File back taxes free An explanation of how you determined the amounts not directly attributable to each type of tax-free income. File back taxes free   The statement must also indicate that none of the amounts deducted on your return are in any way attributable to tax-free income. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free income tax liability or deduct them as an itemized deduction when figuring your taxable income. File back taxes free Do not include the foreign taxes paid or accrued as withheld income taxes in the Payments section of Form 1040. File back taxes free Foreign tax credit. File back taxes free   Your foreign tax credit is subject to a limit based on your taxable income from foreign sources. File back taxes free If you choose to figure a credit against your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free tax liability for the foreign taxes, you generally must complete Form 1116 and attach it to your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free income tax return. File back taxes free    You cannot claim a credit for foreign taxes paid on amounts excluded from gross income under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. File back taxes free If all your foreign income is exempt from U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free tax, you will not be able to claim a foreign tax credit. File back taxes free   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. File back taxes free Exemption from limit. File back taxes free   You can elect to not be subject to the foreign tax limit if you meet all the following conditions. File back taxes free Your only foreign income is passive income, such as interest, dividends, and royalties. File back taxes free The total of all your foreign taxes is not more than $300 ($600 for joint tax returns). File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free If you make the election, you can claim a foreign tax credit without filing Form 1116. File back taxes free However, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. File back taxes free See the instructions for the appropriate line in the Tax and Credits section of Form 1040. File back taxes free Foreign tax deduction. File back taxes free   If you choose to deduct all foreign income taxes on your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free income tax return, itemize the deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). File back taxes free You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on income you exclude under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. File back taxes free Example. File back taxes free Dennis and Christina are married and live and work in Country X. File back taxes free Dennis works for the U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government and Christina is employed by a private company. File back taxes free They pay income tax to Country X on Christina's income only. File back taxes free Dennis and Christina file a joint tax return and exclude all of Christina's income. File back taxes free They cannot claim a foreign tax credit or take a deduction for the taxes paid to Country X. File back taxes free Deduction for other foreign taxes. File back taxes free   The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. File back taxes free You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes paid to a foreign country. File back taxes free   You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. File back taxes free You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free More information. File back taxes free   The foreign tax credit and deduction, their limits, and carryback and carryover provisions are discussed in detail in Publication 514. File back taxes free Local (Foreign) Tax Return As a U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government employee, you are expected to observe and fulfill all tax obligations imposed by the host country government. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Tax Treaty Benefits As discussed earlier, most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. File back taxes free Review the treaty text carefully to determine whether your U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free Government remuneration is taxable in the host country. File back taxes free 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). File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free 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. File back taxes free Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. File back taxes free Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. File back taxes free S. File back taxes free citizens who are residents of a treaty country. File back taxes free For more information about the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, earlier. 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File back taxes free 5. File back taxes free   Table and Worksheets for the Self-Employed Table of Contents Community property laws. File back taxes free As discussed in chapters 2 and 4, if you are self-employed, you must use the rate table or rate worksheet and deduction worksheet to figure your deduction for contributions you made for yourself to a SEP-IRA or qualified plan. File back taxes free First, use either the rate table or rate worksheet to find your reduced contribution rate. File back taxes free Then complete the deduction worksheet to figure your deduction for contributions. File back taxes free The table and the worksheets in chapter 5 apply only to self-employed individuals who have only one defined contribution plan, such as a profit-sharing plan. File back taxes free A SEP plan is treated as a profit-sharing plan. File back taxes free However, do not use this worksheet for SARSEPs. File back taxes free Rate table for self-employed. File back taxes free   If your plan's contribution rate is a whole percentage (for example, 12% rather than 12½%), you can use the table on the next page to find your reduced contribution rate. File back taxes free Otherwise, use the rate worksheet provided below. File back taxes free   First, find your plan contribution rate (the contribution rate stated in your plan) in Column A of the table. File back taxes free Then read across to the rate under Column B. File back taxes free Enter the rate from Column B in step 4 of the Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed on this page. File back taxes free    Example. File back taxes free You are a sole proprietor with no employees. File back taxes free If your plan's contribution rate is 10% of a participant's compensation, your rate is 0. File back taxes free 090909. File back taxes free Enter this rate in step 4 of the Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed on this page. File back taxes free Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed   Step 1           Enter your net profit from line 31, Schedule C (Form 1040); line 3, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040); line 34, Schedule F (Form 1040)*; or box 14, code A**, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065)*. File back taxes free For information on other income included in net profit from self-employment, see the Instructions for Schedule SE, Form 1040. File back taxes free       *Reduce this amount by any amount reported on Schedule SE (Form 1040), line 1b. File back taxes free       **General partners should reduce this amount by the same additional expenses subtracted from box 14, code A to determine the amount on line 1 or 2 of Schedule SE. File back taxes free     Step 2           Enter your deduction for self-employment tax from Form 1040, line 27             Step 3           Net earnings from self-employment. File back taxes free Subtract step 2 from step 1     Step 4           Enter your rate from the Rate Table for Self-Employed or Rate Worksheet for Self-Employed     Step 5           Multiply step 3 by step 4     Step 6           Multiply $255,000 by your plan contribution rate (not the reduced rate)     Step 7           Enter the smaller of step 5 or step 6     Step 8           Contribution dollar limit $51,000     • If you made any elective deferrals to your self-employed plan, go to step 9. File back taxes free         • Otherwise, skip steps 9 through 20 and enter the smaller of step 7 or step 8 on step 21. File back taxes free       Step 9           Enter your allowable elective deferrals (including designated Roth contributions) made to your self-employed plan during 2013. File back taxes free Do not enter more than $17,500     Step 10           Subtract step 9 from step 8     Step 11           Subtract step 9 from step 3       Step 12           Enter one-half of step 11     Step 13           Enter the smallest of step 7, 10, or 12     Step 14           Subtract step 13 from step 3     Step 15           Enter the smaller of step 9 or step 14       • If you made catch-up contributions, go to step 16. File back taxes free         • Otherwise, skip steps 16 through 18 and go to step 19. File back taxes free       Step 16           Subtract step 15 from step 14     Step 17           Enter your catch-up contributions (including designated Roth contributions), if any. File back taxes free Do not enter more than $5,500     Step 18           Enter the smaller of step 16 or step 17     Step 19           Add steps 13, 15, and 18. File back taxes free     Step 20           Enter the amount of designated Roth contributions included on lines 9 and 17. File back taxes free     Step 21           Subtract step 20 from step 19. File back taxes free This is your maximum deductible contribution. File back taxes free                 Next: Enter your actual contribution, not to exceed your maximum deductible contribution, on Form 1040, line 28. File back taxes free   Rate worksheet for self-employed. File back taxes free   If your plan's contribution rate is not a whole percentage (for example, 10½%), you cannot use the Rate Table for Self-Employed. File back taxes free Use the following worksheet instead. File back taxes free Rate Worksheet for Self-Employed 1) Plan contribution rate as a decimal (for example, 10½% = 0. File back taxes free 105)   2) Rate in line 1 plus 1 (for example, 0. File back taxes free 105 + 1 = 1. File back taxes free 105)   3) Self-employed rate as a decimal rounded to at least 3 decimal places (line 1 ÷ line 2) (for example, 0. File back taxes free 105 ÷ 1. File back taxes free 105 = 0. File back taxes free 095)   Figuring your deduction. File back taxes free   Now that you have your self-employed rate from either the rate table or rate worksheet, you can figure your maximum deduction for contributions for yourself by completing the Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed. File back taxes free Community property laws. File back taxes free   If you reside in a community property state and you are married and filing a separate return, disregard community property laws for step 1 of the Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed. File back taxes free Enter on step 1 the total net profit you actually earned. File back taxes free Rate Table for Self-Employed Column A  If the plan contri- bution rate is: (shown as %) Column B  Your rate is: (shown as decimal) 1 . File back taxes free 009901 2 . File back taxes free 019608 3 . File back taxes free 029126 4 . File back taxes free 038462 5 . File back taxes free 047619 6 . File back taxes free 056604 7 . File back taxes free 065421 8 . File back taxes free 074074 9 . File back taxes free 082569 10 . File back taxes free 090909 11 . File back taxes free 099099 12 . File back taxes free 107143 13 . File back taxes free 115044 14 . File back taxes free 122807 15 . File back taxes free 130435 16 . File back taxes free 137931 17 . File back taxes free 145299 18 . File back taxes free 152542 19 . File back taxes free 159664 20 . File back taxes free 166667 21 . File back taxes free 173554 22 . File back taxes free 180328 23 . File back taxes free 186992 24 . File back taxes free 193548 25* . File back taxes free 200000* *The deduction for annual employer contributions (other than elective deferrals) to a SEP plan, a profit-sharing plan, or a money purchase plan cannot be more than 20% of your net earnings (figured without deducting contributions for yourself) from the business that has the plan. File back taxes free Example. File back taxes free You are a sole proprietor with no employees. File back taxes free The terms of your plan provide that you contribute 8½% (. File back taxes free 085) of your compensation to your plan. File back taxes free Your net profit from line 31, Schedule C (Form 1040) is $200,000. File back taxes free You have no elective deferrals or catch-up contributions. File back taxes free Your self-employment tax deduction on line 27 of Form 1040 is $9,728. File back taxes free See the filled-in portions of both Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Income, and Form 1040, later. File back taxes free You figure your self-employed rate and maximum deduction for employer contributions you made for yourself as follows. File back taxes free Deduction Worksheet for Self-Employed   Step 1           Enter your net profit from line 31, Schedule C (Form 1040); line 3, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040); line 34, Schedule F (Form 1040)*; or box 14, code A**, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065)*. File back taxes free For information on other income included in net profit from self-employment, see the Instructions for Schedule SE, Form 1040. File back taxes free $200,000     *Reduce this amount by any amount reported on Schedule SE (Form 1040), line 1b. File back taxes free       **General partners should reduce this amount by the same additional expenses subtracted from box 14, code A to determine the amount on line 1 or 2 of Schedule SE. File back taxes free     Step 2           Enter your deduction for self-employment tax from Form 1040, line 27 9,728           Step 3           Net earnings from self-employment. File back taxes free Subtract step 2 from step 1 190,272   Step 4           Enter your rate from the Rate Table for Self-Employed or Rate Worksheet for Self-Employed 0. File back taxes free 078   Step 5           Multiply step 3 by step 4 14,841   Step 6           Multiply $255,000 by your plan contribution rate (not the reduced rate) 21,675   Step 7           Enter the smaller of step 5 or step 6 14,841   Step 8           Contribution dollar limit $51,000     • If you made any elective deferrals to your self-employed plan, go to step 9. File back taxes free         • Otherwise, skip steps 9 through 20 and enter the smaller of step 7 or step 8 on step 21. File back taxes free       Step 9           Enter your allowable elective deferrals (including designated Roth contributions) made to your self-employed plan during 2013. File back taxes free Do not enter more than $17,500 N/A   Step 10           Subtract step 9 from step 8     Step 11           Subtract step 9 from step 3       Step 12           Enter one-half of step 11     Step 13           Enter the smallest of step 7, 10, or 12     Step 14           Subtract step 13 from step 3     Step 15           Enter the smaller of step 9 or step 14       • If you made catch-up contributions, go to step 16. File back taxes free         • Otherwise, skip steps 16 through 18 and go to step 19. File back taxes free       Step 16           Subtract step 15 from step 14     Step 17           Enter your catch-up contributions (including designated Roth contributions), if any. File back taxes free Do not enter more than $5,500     Step 18           Enter the smaller of step 16 or step 17     Step 19           Add steps 13, 15, and 18. 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