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State Tax PreparationState tax preparation Publication 501 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. State tax preparation Tax questions. State tax preparation Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New Who must file. State tax preparation In some cases, the amount of income you can receive before you must file a tax return has increased. State tax preparation Table 1 shows the filing requirements for most taxpayers. State tax preparation Exemption amount. State tax preparation The amount you can deduct for each exemption has increased. State tax preparation It was $3,800 for 2012. State tax preparation It is $3,900 for 2013. State tax preparation Exemption phaseout. State tax preparation You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. State tax preparation For 2013, the phaseout begins at $150,000 for married individuals filing separate returns; $250,000 for single individuals; $275,000 for heads of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing joint returns or qualifying widow(er)s. State tax preparation See Phaseout of Exemptions , later. State tax preparation Standard deduction increased. State tax preparation The standard deduction for some taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040 is higher for 2013 than it was for 2012. State tax preparation The amount depends on your filing status. State tax preparation You can use the 2013 Standard Deduction Tables near the end of this publication to figure your standard deduction. State tax preparation Same-sex marriages. State tax preparation . State tax preparation If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. State tax preparation See Same-sex marriage under Marital Status, later. State tax preparation If you meet certain requirements, you may be able to file amended returns to change your filing status for some earlier years. State tax preparation For details on filing amended returns, see Joint Return After Separate Returns . State tax preparation Reminders Future developments. State tax preparation Information about any future developments affecting Publication 501 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted at www. State tax preparation irs. State tax preparation gov/pub501. State tax preparation Taxpayer identification number for aliens. State tax preparation If you are a nonresident or resident alien and you do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN), you must apply for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). State tax preparation Your spouse also may need an ITIN if he or she does not have and is not eligible to get an SSN. State tax preparation See Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. State tax preparation Also, see Social Security Numbers for Dependents , later. State tax preparation Photographs of missing children. State tax preparation The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. State tax preparation Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. State tax preparation You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. State tax preparation Introduction This publication discusses some tax rules that affect every person who may have to file a federal income tax return. State tax preparation It answers some basic questions: who must file; who should file; what filing status to use; how many exemptions to claim; and the amount of the standard deduction. State tax preparation Who Must File explains who must file an income tax return. State tax preparation If you have little or no gross income, reading this section will help you decide if you have to file a return. State tax preparation Who Should File helps you decide if you should file a return, even if you are not required to do so. State tax preparation Filing Status helps you determine which filing status to use. State tax preparation Filing status is important in determining whether you must file a return and whether you may claim certain deductions and credits. State tax preparation It also helps determine your standard deduction and tax rate. State tax preparation Exemptions, which reduce your taxable income, are discussed in Exemptions . State tax preparation Exemptions for Dependents explains the difference between a qualifying child and a qualifying relative. State tax preparation Other topics include the social security number requirement for dependents, the rules for multiple support agreements, and the rules for divorced or separated parents. State tax preparation Phaseout of Exemptions explains how to determine whether you must reduce the dollar amount of exemptions you claim and, if so, the amount of the reduction. State tax preparation Standard Deduction gives the rules and dollar amounts for the standard deduction — a benefit for taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions. State tax preparation This section also discusses the standard deduction for taxpayers who are blind or age 65 or older, as well as special rules that limit the standard deduction available to dependents. State tax preparation In addition, this section helps you decide whether you would be better off taking the standard deduction or itemizing your deductions. State tax preparation How To Get Tax Help explains how to get tax help from the IRS. State tax preparation This publication is for U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens and resident aliens only. State tax preparation If you are a resident alien for the entire year, you must follow the same tax rules that apply to U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens. State tax preparation The rules to determine if you are a resident or nonresident alien are discussed in chapter 1 of Publication 519, U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation Tax Guide for Aliens. State tax preparation Nonresident aliens. State tax preparation If you were a nonresident alien at any time during the year, the rules and tax forms that apply to you may be different from those that apply to U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens. State tax preparation See Publication 519. State tax preparation Comments and suggestions. State tax preparation We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. State tax preparation You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. State tax preparation NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. State tax preparation Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. State tax preparation You can send your comments from www. State tax preparation irs. State tax preparation gov/formspubs. State tax preparation Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. State tax preparation ” Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. State tax preparation Ordering forms and publications. State tax preparation Visit www. State tax preparation irs. State tax preparation gov/formspubs to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. State tax preparation Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. State tax preparation Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. State tax preparation If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. State tax preparation gov or call 1-800-829-1040. State tax preparation We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 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