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1040ez instruction book Publication 15 - Main Content Table of Contents 1. 1040ez instruction book Employer Identification Number (EIN) 2. 1040ez instruction book Who Are Employees?Relief provisions. 1040ez instruction book Business Owned and Operated by Spouses 3. 1040ez instruction book Family Employees 4. 1040ez instruction book Employee's Social Security Number (SSN)Registering for SSNVS. 1040ez instruction book 5. 1040ez instruction book Wages and Other CompensationAccountable plan. 1040ez instruction book Nonaccountable plan. 1040ez instruction book Per diem or other fixed allowance. 1040ez instruction book 50% test. 1040ez instruction book Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. 1040ez instruction book Nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book When fringe benefits are treated as paid. 1040ez instruction book Valuation of fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book Withholding on fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book 6. 1040ez instruction book TipsOrdering rule. 1040ez instruction book 7. 1040ez instruction book Supplemental Wages 8. 1040ez instruction book Payroll Period 9. 1040ez instruction book Withholding From Employees' WagesIncome Tax Withholding Social Security and Medicare Taxes Part-Time Workers 10. 1040ez instruction book Required Notice to Employees About the Earned Income Credit (EIC) 11. 1040ez instruction book Depositing TaxesWhen To Deposit How To Deposit Deposit Penalties 12. 1040ez instruction book Filing Form 941 or Form 944 13. 1040ez instruction book Reporting Adjustments to Form 941 or Form 944Current Period Adjustments Prior Period Adjustments Wage Repayments 14. 1040ez instruction book Federal Unemployment (FUTA) TaxSuccessor employer. 1040ez instruction book Household employees. 1040ez instruction book When to deposit. 1040ez instruction book Household employees. 1040ez instruction book Electronic filing by reporting agents. 1040ez instruction book 16. 1040ez instruction book How To Use the Income Tax Withholding TablesWage Bracket Method Percentage Method Alternative Methods of Income Tax Withholding How To Get Tax Help 1. 1040ez instruction book Employer Identification Number (EIN) If you are required to report employment taxes or give tax statements to employees or annuitants, you need an EIN. 1040ez instruction book The EIN is a nine-digit number the IRS issues. 1040ez instruction book The digits are arranged as follows: 00-0000000. 1040ez instruction book It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. 1040ez instruction book Use your EIN on all of the items you send to the IRS and SSA. 1040ez instruction book For more information, see Publication 1635, Employer Identification Number: Understanding Your EIN. 1040ez instruction book If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. 1040ez instruction book Go to the IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. 1040ez instruction book You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. 1040ez instruction book Do not use an SSN in place of an EIN. 1040ez instruction book You should have only one EIN. 1040ez instruction book If you have more than one and are not sure which one to use, call 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability). 1040ez instruction book Give the numbers you have, the name and address to which each was assigned, and the address of your main place of business. 1040ez instruction book The IRS will tell you which number to use. 1040ez instruction book If you took over another employer's business (see Successor employer in section 9), do not use that employer's EIN. 1040ez instruction book If you have applied for an EIN but do not have your EIN by the time a return is due, file a paper return and write “Applied For” and the date you applied for it in the space shown for the number. 1040ez instruction book 2. 1040ez instruction book Who Are Employees? Generally, employees are defined either under common law or under statutes for certain situations. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-A for details on statutory employees and nonemployees. 1040ez instruction book Employee status under common law. 1040ez instruction book   Generally, a worker who performs services for you is your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. 1040ez instruction book This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. 1040ez instruction book What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-A for more information on how to determine whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or an employee. 1040ez instruction book   Generally, people in business for themselves are not employees. 1040ez instruction book For example, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, and others in an independent trade in which they offer their services to the public are usually not employees. 1040ez instruction book However, if the business is incorporated, corporate officers who work in the business are employees of the corporation. 1040ez instruction book   If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter what it is called. 1040ez instruction book The employee may be called an agent or independent contractor. 1040ez instruction book It also does not matter how payments are measured or paid, what they are called, or if the employee works full or part time. 1040ez instruction book Statutory employees. 1040ez instruction book   If someone who works for you is not an employee under the common law rules discussed earlier, do not withhold federal income tax from his or her pay, unless backup withholding applies. 1040ez instruction book Although the following persons may not be common law employees, they are considered employees by statute for social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax purposes under certain conditions. 1040ez instruction book An agent (or commission) driver who delivers food, beverages (other than milk), laundry, or dry cleaning for someone else. 1040ez instruction book A full-time life insurance salesperson who sells primarily for one company. 1040ez instruction book A homeworker who works by guidelines of the person for whom the work is done, with materials furnished by and returned to that person or to someone that person designates. 1040ez instruction book A traveling or city salesperson (other than an agent-driver or commission-driver) who works full time (except for sideline sales activities) for one firm or person getting orders from customers. 1040ez instruction book The orders must be for merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the customer's business. 1040ez instruction book The customers must be retailers, wholesalers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other businesses dealing with food or lodging. 1040ez instruction book    Statutory nonemployees. 1040ez instruction book   Direct sellers, qualified real estate agents, and certain companion sitters are, by law, considered nonemployees. 1040ez instruction book They are generally treated as self-employed for all federal tax purposes, including income and employment taxes. 1040ez instruction book H-2A agricultural workers. 1040ez instruction book   On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. 1040ez instruction book Treating employees as nonemployees. 1040ez instruction book   You will generally be liable for social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax if you do not deduct and withhold these taxes because you treated an employee as a nonemployee. 1040ez instruction book You may be able to calculate your liability using special section 3509 rates for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes and the federal income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book The applicable rates depend on whether you filed required Forms 1099. 1040ez instruction book You cannot recover the employee share of social security, or Medicare tax, or income tax withholding from the employee if the tax is paid under section 3509. 1040ez instruction book You are liable for the income tax withholding regardless of whether the employee paid income tax on the wages. 1040ez instruction book You continue to owe the full employer share of social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book The employee remains liable for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book See Internal Revenue Code section 3509 for details. 1040ez instruction book Also see the Instructions for Form 941-X. 1040ez instruction book   Section 3509 rates are not available if you intentionally disregard the requirement to withhold taxes from the employee or if you withheld income taxes but not social security or Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book Section 3509 is not available for reclassifying statutory employees. 1040ez instruction book See Statutory employees , earlier in this section. 1040ez instruction book   If the employer issued required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. 1040ez instruction book 2% plus 20% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). 1040ez instruction book For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. 1040ez instruction book 45% plus 20% of the employee rate of 1. 1040ez instruction book 45%, for a total rate of 1. 1040ez instruction book 74% of wages. 1040ez instruction book For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. 1040ez instruction book 18% (20% of the employee rate of 0. 1040ez instruction book 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez instruction book For income tax withholding, the rate is 1. 1040ez instruction book 5% of wages. 1040ez instruction book   If the employer did not issue required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. 1040ez instruction book 2% plus 40% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). 1040ez instruction book For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. 1040ez instruction book 45% plus 40% of the employee rate of 1. 1040ez instruction book 45%, for a total rate of 2. 1040ez instruction book 03% of wages. 1040ez instruction book For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. 1040ez instruction book 36% (40% of the employee rate of 0. 1040ez instruction book 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez instruction book For income tax withholding, the rate is 3. 1040ez instruction book 0% of wages. 1040ez instruction book Relief provisions. 1040ez instruction book   If you have a reasonable basis for not treating a worker as an employee, you may be relieved from having to pay employment taxes for that worker. 1040ez instruction book To get this relief, you must file all required federal tax returns, including information returns, on a basis consistent with your treatment of the worker. 1040ez instruction book You (or your predecessor) must not have treated any worker holding a substantially similar position as an employee for any periods beginning after 1977. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 1976, Do You Qualify for Relief Under Section 530. 1040ez instruction book IRS help. 1040ez instruction book   If you want the IRS to determine whether a worker is an employee, file Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding. 1040ez instruction book Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). 1040ez instruction book   Employers who are currently treating their workers (or a class or group of workers) as independent contractors or other nonemployees and want to voluntarily reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods may be eligible to participate in the VCSP if certain requirements are met. 1040ez instruction book To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). 1040ez instruction book For more information visit IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. 1040ez instruction book Business Owned and Operated by Spouses If you and your spouse jointly own and operate a business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership, whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 541, Partnerships, for more details. 1040ez instruction book The partnership is considered the employer of any employees, and is liable for any employment taxes due on wages paid to its employees. 1040ez instruction book Exception—Qualified joint venture. 1040ez instruction book   For tax years beginning after December 31, 2006, the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28) provides that a “qualified joint venture,” whose only members are spouses filing a joint income tax return, can elect not to be treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes. 1040ez instruction book A qualified joint venture conducts a trade or business where: The only members of the joint venture are spouses who file a joint income tax return, Both spouses materially participate (see Material participation in the Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1040), line G) in the trade or business (mere joint ownership of property is not enough), Both spouses elect to not be treated as a partnership, and The business is co-owned by both spouses and is not held in the name of a state law entity such as a partnership or limited liability company (LLC). 1040ez instruction book   To make the election, all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit must be divided between the spouses, in accordance with each spouse's interest in the venture, and reported on separate Schedules C or F as sole proprietors. 1040ez instruction book Each spouse must also file a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment taxes, as applicable. 1040ez instruction book   Spouses using the qualified joint venture rules are treated as sole proprietors for federal tax purposes and generally do not need an EIN. 1040ez instruction book If employment taxes are owed by the qualified joint venture, either spouse may report and pay the employment taxes due on the wages paid to the employees using the EIN of that spouse's sole proprietorship. 1040ez instruction book Generally, filing as a qualified joint venture will not increase the spouses' total tax owed on the joint income tax return. 1040ez instruction book However, it gives each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage without filing a partnership return. 1040ez instruction book    Note. 1040ez instruction book If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, see One spouse employed by another in section 3. 1040ez instruction book   For more information on qualified joint ventures, visit IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. 1040ez instruction book Exception—Community income. 1040ez instruction book   If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U. 1040ez instruction book S. 1040ez instruction book possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship (of the spouse who carried on the business) or a partnership. 1040ez instruction book You may still make an election to be taxed as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. 1040ez instruction book See Exception—Qualified joint venture , earlier. 1040ez instruction book 3. 1040ez instruction book Family Employees Child employed by parents. 1040ez instruction book   Payments for the services of a child under age 18 who works for his or her parent in a trade or business are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes if the trade or business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership in which each partner is a parent of the child. 1040ez instruction book If these payments are for work other than in a trade or business, such as domestic work in the parent's private home, they are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes until the child reaches age 21. 1040ez instruction book However, see Covered services of a child or spouse , later in this section. 1040ez instruction book Payments for the services of a child under age 21 who works for his or her parent, whether or not in a trade or business, are not subject to FUTA tax. 1040ez instruction book Payments for the services of a child of any age who works for his or her parent are generally subject to income tax withholding unless the payments are for domestic work in the parent's home, or unless the payments are for work other than in a trade or business and are less than $50 in the quarter or the child is not regularly employed to do such work. 1040ez instruction book One spouse employed by another. 1040ez instruction book   The wages for the services of an individual who works for his or her spouse in a trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes, but not to FUTA tax. 1040ez instruction book However, the payments for services of one spouse employed by another in other than a trade or business, such as domestic service in a private home, are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Covered services of a child or spouse. 1040ez instruction book   The wages for the services of a child or spouse are subject to income tax withholding as well as social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if he or she works for: A corporation, even if it is controlled by the child's parent or the individual's spouse; A partnership, even if the child's parent is a partner, unless each partner is a parent of the child; A partnership, even if the individual's spouse is a partner; or An estate, even if it is the estate of a deceased parent. 1040ez instruction book Parent employed by son or daughter. 1040ez instruction book   When the employer is a son or daughter employing his or her parent the following rules apply. 1040ez instruction book Payments for the services of a parent in the son’s or daughter’s (the employer’s) trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book Payments for the services of a parent not in the son’s or daughter’s (the employer’s) trade or business are generally not subject to social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book    Social security and Medicare taxes do apply to payments made to a parent for domestic services if all of the following apply: The parent is employed by his or her son or daughter; The son or daughter (the employer) has a child or stepchild living in the home; The son or daughter (the employer) is a widow or widower, divorced, or living with a spouse who, because of a mental or physical condition, cannot care for the child or stepchild for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter; and The child or stepchild is either under age 18 or requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter due to a mental or physical condition. 1040ez instruction book   Payments made to a parent employed by his or her child are not subject to FUTA tax, regardless of the type of services provided. 1040ez instruction book 4. 1040ez instruction book Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) You are required to get each employee's name and SSN and to enter them on Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book This requirement also applies to resident and nonresident alien employees. 1040ez instruction book You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. 1040ez instruction book The employee may show the card if it is available. 1040ez instruction book Do not accept a social security card that says “Not valid for employment. 1040ez instruction book ” A social security number issued with this legend does not permit employment. 1040ez instruction book You may, but are not required to, photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. 1040ez instruction book If you do not provide the correct employee name and SSN on Form W-2, you may owe a penalty unless you have reasonable cause. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 1586, Reasonable Cause Regulations & Requirements for Missing and Incorrect Name/TINs, for information on the requirement to solicit the employee's SSN. 1040ez instruction book Applying for a social security card. 1040ez instruction book   Any employee who is legally eligible to work in the United States and does not have a social security card can get one by completing Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, and submitting the necessary documentation. 1040ez instruction book You can get Form SS-5 at SSA offices, by calling 1-800-772-1213, or from the SSA website at www. 1040ez instruction book socialsecurity. 1040ez instruction book gov/online/ss-5. 1040ez instruction book html. 1040ez instruction book The employee must complete and sign Form SS-5; it cannot be filed by the employer. 1040ez instruction book You may be asked to supply a letter to accompany Form SS-5 if the employee has exceeded his or her yearly or lifetime limit for the number of replacement cards allowed. 1040ez instruction book Applying for a social security number. 1040ez instruction book   If you file Form W-2 on paper and your employee applied for an SSN but does not have one when you must file Form W-2, enter “Applied For” on the form. 1040ez instruction book If you are filing electronically, enter all zeros (000-00-000) in the social security number field. 1040ez instruction book When the employee receives the SSN, file Copy A of Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, with the SSA to show the employee's SSN. 1040ez instruction book Furnish copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2c to the employee. 1040ez instruction book Up to 25 Forms W-2c for each Form W-3c, Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements, may now be filed per session over the Internet, with no limit on the number of sessions. 1040ez instruction book For more information, visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. 1040ez instruction book socialsecurity. 1040ez instruction book gov/employer. 1040ez instruction book Advise your employee to correct the SSN on his or her original Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book Correctly record the employee's name and SSN. 1040ez instruction book   Record the name and number of each employee as they are shown on the employee's social security card. 1040ez instruction book If the employee's name is not correct as shown on the card (for example, because of marriage or divorce), the employee should request a corrected card from the SSA. 1040ez instruction book Continue to report the employee's wages under the old name until the employee shows you an updated social security card with the new name. 1040ez instruction book If the SSA issues the employee a replacement card after a name change, or a new card with a different social security number after a change in alien work status, file a Form W-2c to correct the name/SSN reported for the most recently filed Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book It is not necessary to correct other years if the previous name and number were used for years before the most recent Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book IRS individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) for aliens. 1040ez instruction book   Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. 1040ez instruction book An ITIN is only available to resident and nonresident aliens who are not eligible for U. 1040ez instruction book S. 1040ez instruction book employment and need identification for other tax purposes. 1040ez instruction book You can identify an ITIN because it is a nine-digit number, beginning with the number “9” with either a “7” or “8” as the fourth digit and is formatted like an SSN (for example, 9NN-7N-NNNN). 1040ez instruction book    An individual with an ITIN who later becomes eligible to work in the United States must obtain an SSN. 1040ez instruction book If the individual is currently eligible to work in the United States, instruct the individual to apply for an SSN and follow the instructions under Applying for a social security number, earlier. 1040ez instruction book Do not use an ITIN in place of an SSN on Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book Verification of social security numbers. 1040ez instruction book   Employers and authorized reporting agents can use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) to instantly verify up to 10 names and SSNs (per screen) at a time, or submit an electronic file of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive the results the next business day. 1040ez instruction book Visit www. 1040ez instruction book socialsecurity. 1040ez instruction book gov/employer/ssnv. 1040ez instruction book htm for more information. 1040ez instruction book Registering for SSNVS. 1040ez instruction book   You must register online and receive authorization from your employer to use SSNVS. 1040ez instruction book To register, visit SSA's website at www. 1040ez instruction book ssa. 1040ez instruction book gov/employer and click on the Business Services Online link. 1040ez instruction book Follow the registration instructions to obtain a user identification (ID) and password. 1040ez instruction book You will need to provide the following information about yourself and your company. 1040ez instruction book Name. 1040ez instruction book SSN. 1040ez instruction book Date of birth. 1040ez instruction book Type of employer. 1040ez instruction book EIN. 1040ez instruction book Company name, address, and telephone number. 1040ez instruction book Email address. 1040ez instruction book   When you have completed the online registration process, SSA will mail a one-time activation code to your employer. 1040ez instruction book You must enter the activation code online to use SSNVS. 1040ez instruction book 5. 1040ez instruction book Wages and Other Compensation Wages subject to federal employment taxes generally include all pay you give to an employee for services performed. 1040ez instruction book The pay may be in cash or in other forms. 1040ez instruction book It includes salaries, vacation allowances, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book It does not matter how you measure or make the payments. 1040ez instruction book Amounts an employer pays as a bonus for signing or ratifying a contract in connection with the establishment of an employer-employee relationship and an amount paid to an employee for cancellation of an employment contract and relinquishment of contract rights are wages subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes and income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book Also, compensation paid to a former employee for services performed while still employed is wages subject to employment taxes. 1040ez instruction book More information. 1040ez instruction book   See section 6 for a discussion of tips and section 7 for a discussion of supplemental wages. 1040ez instruction book Also, see section 15 for exceptions to the general rules for wages. 1040ez instruction book Publication 15-A provides additional information on wages, including nonqualified deferred compensation, and other compensation. 1040ez instruction book Publication 15-B provides information on other forms of compensation, including: Accident and health benefits, Achievement awards, Adoption assistance, Athletic facilities, De minimis (minimal) benefits, Dependent care assistance, Educational assistance, Employee discounts, Employee stock options, Employer-provided cell phones, Group-term life insurance coverage, Health Savings Accounts, Lodging on your business premises, Meals, Moving expense reimbursements, No-additional-cost services, Retirement planning services, Transportation (commuting) benefits, Tuition reduction, and Working condition benefits. 1040ez instruction book Employee business expense reimbursements. 1040ez instruction book   A reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which you pay the advances, reimbursements, and charges for your employees' business expenses. 1040ez instruction book How you report a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether you have an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez instruction book If a single payment includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement. 1040ez instruction book   These rules apply to all ordinary and necessary employee business expenses that would otherwise qualify for a deduction by the employee. 1040ez instruction book Accountable plan. 1040ez instruction book   To be an accountable plan, your reimbursement or allowance arrangement must require your employees to meet all three of the following rules. 1040ez instruction book They must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employees. 1040ez instruction book The reimbursement or advance must be paid for the expense and must not be an amount that would have otherwise been paid by the employee. 1040ez instruction book They must substantiate these expenses to you within a reasonable period of time. 1040ez instruction book They must return any amounts in excess of substantiated expenses within a reasonable period of time. 1040ez instruction book   Amounts paid under an accountable plan are not wages and are not subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book   If the expenses covered by this arrangement are not substantiated (or amounts in excess of substantiated expenses are not returned within a reasonable period of time), the amount paid under the arrangement in excess of the substantiated expenses is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez instruction book This amount is subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes for the first payroll period following the end of the reasonable period of time. 1040ez instruction book   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. 1040ez instruction book Generally, it is considered reasonable if your employees receive their advance within 30 days of the time they incur the expenses, adequately account for the expenses within 60 days after the expenses were paid or incurred, and return any amounts in excess of expenses within 120 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. 1040ez instruction book Also, it is considered reasonable if you give your employees a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks them to either return or adequately account for outstanding amounts and they do so within 120 days. 1040ez instruction book Nonaccountable plan. 1040ez instruction book   Payments to your employee for travel and other necessary expenses of your business under a nonaccountable plan are wages and are treated as supplemental wages and subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Your payments are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if: Your employee is not required to or does not substantiate timely those expenses to you with receipts or other documentation, You advance an amount to your employee for business expenses and your employee is not required to or does not return timely any amount he or she does not use for business expenses, You advance or pay an amount to your employee regardless of whether you reasonably expect the employee to have business expenses related to your business, or You pay an amount as a reimbursement you would have otherwise paid as wages. 1040ez instruction book   See section 7 for more information on supplemental wages. 1040ez instruction book Per diem or other fixed allowance. 1040ez instruction book   You may reimburse your employees by travel days, miles, or some other fixed allowance under the applicable revenue procedure. 1040ez instruction book In these cases, your employee is considered to have accounted to you if your reimbursement does not exceed rates established by the Federal Government. 1040ez instruction book The 2013 standard mileage rate for auto expenses was 56. 1040ez instruction book 5 cents per mile. 1040ez instruction book The rate for 2014 is 56 cents per mile. 1040ez instruction book   The government per diem rates for meals and lodging in the continental United States are listed in Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates. 1040ez instruction book Other than the amount of these expenses, your employees' business expenses must be substantiated (for example, the business purpose of the travel or the number of business miles driven). 1040ez instruction book   If the per diem or allowance paid exceeds the amounts substantiated, you must report the excess amount as wages. 1040ez instruction book This excess amount is subject to income tax withholding and payment of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Show the amount equal to the substantiated amount (for example, the nontaxable portion) in box 12 of Form W-2 using code “L. 1040ez instruction book ” Wages not paid in money. 1040ez instruction book   If in the course of your trade or business you pay your employees in a medium that is neither cash nor a readily negotiable instrument, such as a check, you are said to pay them “in kind. 1040ez instruction book ” Payments in kind may be in the form of goods, lodging, food, clothing, or services. 1040ez instruction book Generally, the fair market value of such payments at the time they are provided is subject to federal income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book   However, noncash payments for household work, agricultural labor, and service not in the employer's trade or business are exempt from social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Withhold income tax on these payments only if you and the employee agree to do so. 1040ez instruction book Nonetheless, noncash payments for agricultural labor, such as commodity wages, are treated as cash payments subject to employment taxes if the substance of the transaction is a cash payment. 1040ez instruction book Moving expenses. 1040ez instruction book   Reimbursed and employer-paid qualified moving expenses (those that would otherwise be deductible by the employee) paid under an accountable plan are not includible in an employee's income unless you have knowledge the employee deducted the expenses in a prior year. 1040ez instruction book Reimbursed and employer-paid nonqualified moving expenses are includible in income and are subject to employment taxes and income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book For more information on moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. 1040ez instruction book Meals and lodging. 1040ez instruction book   The value of meals is not taxable income and is not subject to income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if the meals are furnished for the employer's convenience and on the employer's premises. 1040ez instruction book The value of lodging is not subject to income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if the lodging is furnished for the employer's convenience, on the employer's premises, and as a condition of employment. 1040ez instruction book    “For the convenience of the employer” means you have a substantial business reason for providing the meals and lodging other than to provide additional compensation to the employee. 1040ez instruction book For example, meals you provide at the place of work so that an employee is available for emergencies during his or her lunch period are generally considered to be for your convenience. 1040ez instruction book   However, whether meals or lodging are provided for the convenience of the employer depends on all of the facts and circumstances. 1040ez instruction book A written statement that the meals or lodging are for your convenience is not sufficient. 1040ez instruction book 50% test. 1040ez instruction book   If over 50% of the employees who are provided meals on an employer's business premises receive these meals for the convenience of the employer, all meals provided on the premises are treated as furnished for the convenience of the employer. 1040ez instruction book If this 50% test is met, the value of the meals is excludable from income for all employees and is not subject to federal income tax withholding or employment taxes. 1040ez instruction book For more information, see Publication 15-B. 1040ez instruction book Health insurance plans. 1040ez instruction book   If you pay the cost of an accident or health insurance plan for your employees, including an employee's spouse and dependents, your payments are not wages and are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book Generally, this exclusion also applies to qualified long-term care insurance contracts. 1040ez instruction book However, for income tax withholding, the value of health insurance benefits must be included in the wages of S corporation employees who own more than 2% of the S corporation (2% shareholders). 1040ez instruction book For social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, the health insurance benefits are excluded from the wages only for employees and their dependents or for a class or classes of employees and their dependents. 1040ez instruction book See Announcement 92-16 for more information. 1040ez instruction book You can find Announcement 92-16 on page 53 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 1992-5. 1040ez instruction book Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. 1040ez instruction book   Your contributions to an employee's Health Savings Account (HSA) or Archer medical savings account (MSA) are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding if it is reasonable to believe at the time of payment of the contributions they will be excludable from the income of the employee. 1040ez instruction book To the extent it is not reasonable to believe they will be excludable, your contributions are subject to these taxes. 1040ez instruction book Employee contributions to their HSAs or MSAs through a payroll deduction plan must be included in wages and are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes and income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book However, HSA contributions made under a salary reduction arrangement in a section 125 cafeteria plan are not wages and are not subject to employment taxes or withholding. 1040ez instruction book For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). 1040ez instruction book Medical care reimbursements. 1040ez instruction book   Generally, medical care reimbursements paid for an employee under an employer's self-insured medical reimbursement plan are not wages and are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-B for an exception for highly compensated employees. 1040ez instruction book Differential wage payments. 1040ez instruction book   Differential wage payments are any payments made by an employer to an individual for a period during which the individual is performing service in the uniformed services while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and represent all or a portion of the wages the individual would have received from the employer if the individual were performing services for the employer. 1040ez instruction book   Differential wage payments are wages for income tax withholding, but are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Employers should report differential wage payments in box 1 of Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book For more information about the tax treatment of differential wage payments, visit IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter “employees in a combat zone” in the search box. 1040ez instruction book Fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book   You generally must include fringe benefits in an employee's gross income (but see Nontaxable fringe benefits next). 1040ez instruction book The benefits are subject to income tax withholding and employment taxes. 1040ez instruction book Fringe benefits include cars you provide, flights on aircraft you provide, free or discounted commercial flights, vacations, discounts on property or services, memberships in country clubs or other social clubs, and tickets to entertainment or sporting events. 1040ez instruction book In general, the amount you must include is the amount by which the fair market value of the benefits is more than the sum of what the employee paid for it plus any amount the law excludes. 1040ez instruction book There are other special rules you and your employees may use to value certain fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-B for more information. 1040ez instruction book Nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book   Some fringe benefits are not taxable (or are minimally taxable) if certain conditions are met. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-B for details. 1040ez instruction book The following are some examples of nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book Services provided to your employees at no additional cost to you. 1040ez instruction book Qualified employee discounts. 1040ez instruction book Working condition fringes that are property or services the employee could deduct as a business expense if he or she had paid for it. 1040ez instruction book Examples include a company car for business use and subscriptions to business magazines. 1040ez instruction book Certain minimal value fringes (including an occasional cab ride when an employee must work overtime and meals you provide at eating places you run for your employees if the meals are not furnished at below cost). 1040ez instruction book Qualified transportation fringes subject to specified conditions and dollar limitations (including transportation in a commuter highway vehicle, any transit pass, and qualified parking). 1040ez instruction book Qualified moving expense reimbursement. 1040ez instruction book See Moving expenses , earlier in this section, for details. 1040ez instruction book The use of on-premises athletic facilities, if substantially all of the use is by employees, their spouses, and their dependent children. 1040ez instruction book Qualified tuition reduction an educational organization provides to its employees for education. 1040ez instruction book For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. 1040ez instruction book Employer-provided cell phones provided primarily for a noncompensatory business reason. 1040ez instruction book   However, do not exclude the following fringe benefits from the income of highly compensated employees unless the benefit is available to other employees on a nondiscriminatory basis. 1040ez instruction book No-additional-cost services. 1040ez instruction book Qualified employee discounts. 1040ez instruction book Meals provided at an employer operated eating facility. 1040ez instruction book Reduced tuition for education. 1040ez instruction book  For more information, including the definition of a highly compensated employee, see Publication 15-B. 1040ez instruction book When fringe benefits are treated as paid. 1040ez instruction book   You may choose to treat certain noncash fringe benefits as paid by the pay period, by the quarter, or on any other basis you choose as long as you treat the benefits as paid at least once a year. 1040ez instruction book You do not have to make a formal choice of payment dates or notify the IRS of the dates you choose. 1040ez instruction book You do not have to make this choice for all employees. 1040ez instruction book You may change methods as often as you like, as long as you treat all benefits provided in a calendar year as paid by December 31 of the calendar year. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-B for more information, including a discussion of the special accounting rule for fringe benefits provided during November and December. 1040ez instruction book Valuation of fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book   Generally, you must determine the value of fringe benefits no later than January 31 of the next year. 1040ez instruction book Before January 31, you may reasonably estimate the value of the fringe benefits for purposes of withholding and depositing on time. 1040ez instruction book Withholding on fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book   You may add the value of fringe benefits to regular wages for a payroll period and figure withholding taxes on the total, or you may withhold federal income tax on the value of the fringe benefits at the optional flat 25% supplemental wage rate. 1040ez instruction book However, see Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year in section 7. 1040ez instruction book   You may choose not to withhold income tax on the value of an employee's personal use of a vehicle you provide. 1040ez instruction book You must, however, withhold social security and Medicare taxes on the use of the vehicle. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-B for more information on this election. 1040ez instruction book Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. 1040ez instruction book   Once you choose when fringe benefits are paid, you must deposit taxes in the same deposit period you treat the fringe benefits as paid. 1040ez instruction book To avoid a penalty, deposit the taxes following the general deposit rules for that deposit period. 1040ez instruction book   If you determine by January 31 you overestimated the value of a fringe benefit at the time you withheld and deposited for it, you may claim a refund for the overpayment or have it applied to your next employment tax return. 1040ez instruction book See Valuation of fringe benefits , earlier. 1040ez instruction book If you underestimated the value and deposited too little, you may be subject to a failure-to-deposit penalty. 1040ez instruction book See section 11 for information on deposit penalties. 1040ez instruction book   If you deposited the required amount of taxes but withheld a lesser amount from the employee, you can recover from the employee the social security, Medicare, or income taxes you deposited on his or her behalf, and included in the employee's Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book However, you must recover the income taxes before April 1 of the following year. 1040ez instruction book Sick pay. 1040ez instruction book   In general, sick pay is any amount you pay under a plan to an employee who is unable to work because of sickness or injury. 1040ez instruction book These amounts are sometimes paid by a third party, such as an insurance company or an employees' trust. 1040ez instruction book In either case, these payments are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Sick pay becomes exempt from these taxes after the end of 6 calendar months after the calendar month the employee last worked for the employer. 1040ez instruction book The payments are always subject to federal income tax. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 15-A for more information. 1040ez instruction book 6. 1040ez instruction book Tips Tips your employee receives from customers are generally subject to withholding. 1040ez instruction book Your employee must report cash tips to you by the 10th of the month after the month the tips are received. 1040ez instruction book The report should include tips you paid over to the employee for charge customers, tips the employee received directly from customers, and tips received from other employees under any tip-sharing arrangement. 1040ez instruction book Both directly and indirectly tipped employees must report tips to you. 1040ez instruction book No report is required for months when tips are less than $20. 1040ez instruction book Your employee reports the tips on Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, or on a similar statement. 1040ez instruction book The statement must be signed by the employee and must include: The employee's name, address, and SSN, Your name and address, The month or period the report covers, and The total of tips received during the month or period. 1040ez instruction book Both Forms 4070 and 4070-A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips, are included in Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. 1040ez instruction book You are permitted to establish a system for electronic tip reporting by employees. 1040ez instruction book See Regulations section 31. 1040ez instruction book 6053-1(d). 1040ez instruction book Collecting taxes on tips. 1040ez instruction book   You must collect income tax, employee social security tax, and employee Medicare tax on the employee's tips. 1040ez instruction book The withholding rules for withholding an employee's share of Medicare tax on tips also apply to withholding the Additional Medicare Tax once wages and tips exceed $200,000 in the calendar year. 1040ez instruction book If an employee reports to you in writing $20 or more of tips in a month, the tips are also subject to FUTA tax. 1040ez instruction book   You can collect these taxes from the employee's wages or from other funds he or she makes available. 1040ez instruction book See Tips treated as supplemental wages in section 7 for more information. 1040ez instruction book Stop collecting the employee social security tax when his or her wages and tips for tax year 2014 reach $117,000; collect the income and employee Medicare taxes for the whole year on all wages and tips. 1040ez instruction book You are responsible for the employer social security tax on wages and tips until the wages (including tips) reach the limit. 1040ez instruction book You are responsible for the employer Medicare tax for the whole year on all wages and tips. 1040ez instruction book File Form 941 or Form 944 to report withholding and employment taxes on tips. 1040ez instruction book Ordering rule. 1040ez instruction book   If, by the 10th of the month after the month for which you received an employee's report on tips, you do not have enough employee funds available to deduct the employee tax, you no longer have to collect it. 1040ez instruction book If there are not enough funds available, withhold taxes in the following order. 1040ez instruction book Withhold on regular wages and other compensation. 1040ez instruction book Withhold social security and Medicare taxes on tips. 1040ez instruction book Withhold income tax on tips. 1040ez instruction book Reporting tips. 1040ez instruction book   Report tips and any collected and uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on Form W-2 and on Form 941, lines 5b, 5c, and 5d (Form 944, lines 4b, 4c, and 4d). 1040ez instruction book Report an adjustment on Form 941, line 9 (Form 944, line 6), for the uncollected social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book Enter the amount of uncollected social security tax and Medicare tax on Form W-2, box 12, with codes “A” and “B. 1040ez instruction book ” Do not include any uncollected Additional Medicare Tax in box 12 of Form W-2. 1040ez instruction book See section 13 and the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. 1040ez instruction book   Revenue Ruling 2012-18 provides guidance for employers regarding social security and Medicare taxes imposed on tips, including information on the reporting of the employer share of social security and Medicare taxes under section 3121(q), the difference between tips and service charges, and the section 45B credit. 1040ez instruction book See Revenue Ruling 2012-18, 2012-26 I. 1040ez instruction book R. 1040ez instruction book B. 1040ez instruction book 1032, available at www. 1040ez instruction book irs. 1040ez instruction book gov/irb/2012-26_IRB/ar07. 1040ez instruction book html. 1040ez instruction book Allocated tips. 1040ez instruction book   If you operate a large food or beverage establishment, you must report allocated tips under certain circumstances. 1040ez instruction book However, do not withhold income, social security, or Medicare taxes on allocated tips. 1040ez instruction book   A large food or beverage establishment is one that provides food or beverages for consumption on the premises, where tipping is customary, and where there were normally more than 10 employees on a typical business day during the preceding year. 1040ez instruction book   The tips may be allocated by one of three methods—hours worked, gross receipts, or good faith agreement. 1040ez instruction book For information about these allocation methods, including the requirement to file Forms 8027 electronically if 250 or more forms are filed, see the Instructions for Form 8027. 1040ez instruction book For information on filing Form 8027 electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1239. 1040ez instruction book Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. 1040ez instruction book   Employers may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. 1040ez instruction book The program primarily consists of two voluntary agreements developed to improve tip income reporting by helping taxpayers to understand and meet their tip reporting responsibilities. 1040ez instruction book The two agreements are the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). 1040ez instruction book A tip agreement, the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (GITCA), is available for the gaming (casino) industry. 1040ez instruction book To get more information about TRDA and TRAC agreements, see Publication 3144, Tips on Tips. 1040ez instruction book Additionally, visit IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter “MSU tips” in the search box to get more information about GITCA, TRDA, or TRAC agreements. 1040ez instruction book 7. 1040ez instruction book Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages are wage payments to an employee that are not regular wages. 1040ez instruction book They include, but are not limited to, bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, payments for accumulated sick leave, severance pay, awards, prizes, back pay, retroactive pay increases, and payments for nondeductible moving expenses. 1040ez instruction book Other payments subject to the supplemental wage rules include taxable fringe benefits and expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez instruction book How you withhold on supplemental wages depends on whether the supplemental payment is identified as a separate payment from regular wages. 1040ez instruction book See Regulations section 31. 1040ez instruction book 3402(g)-1 for additional guidance for wages paid after January 1, 2007. 1040ez instruction book Also see Revenue Ruling 2008-29, 2008-24 I. 1040ez instruction book R. 1040ez instruction book B. 1040ez instruction book 1149, available at www. 1040ez instruction book irs. 1040ez instruction book gov/irb/2008-24_IRB/ar08. 1040ez instruction book html. 1040ez instruction book Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages from you during the calendar year. 1040ez instruction book   Special rules apply to the extent supplemental wages paid to any one employee during the calendar year exceed $1 million. 1040ez instruction book If a supplemental wage payment, together with other supplemental wage payments made to the employee during the calendar year, exceeds $1 million, the excess is subject to withholding at 39. 1040ez instruction book 6% (or the highest rate of income tax for the year). 1040ez instruction book Withhold using the 39. 1040ez instruction book 6% rate without regard to the employee's Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book In determining supplemental wages paid to the employee during the year, include payments from all businesses under common control. 1040ez instruction book For more information, see Treasury Decision 9276, 2006-37 I. 1040ez instruction book R. 1040ez instruction book B. 1040ez instruction book 423, available at www. 1040ez instruction book irs. 1040ez instruction book gov/irb/2006-37_IRB/ar09. 1040ez instruction book html. 1040ez instruction book Withholding on supplemental wage payments to an employee who does not receive $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year. 1040ez instruction book   If the supplemental wages paid to the employee during the calendar year are less than or equal to $1 million, the following rules apply in determining the amount of income tax to be withheld. 1040ez instruction book Supplemental wages combined with regular wages. 1040ez instruction book   If you pay supplemental wages with regular wages but do not specify the amount of each, withhold federal income tax as if the total were a single payment for a regular payroll period. 1040ez instruction book Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. 1040ez instruction book   If you pay supplemental wages separately (or combine them in a single payment and specify the amount of each), the federal income tax withholding method depends partly on whether you withhold income tax from your employee's regular wages. 1040ez instruction book If you withheld income tax from an employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, you can use one of the following methods for the supplemental wages. 1040ez instruction book Withhold a flat 25% (no other percentage allowed). 1040ez instruction book If the supplemental wages are paid concurrently with regular wages, add the supplemental wages to the concurrently paid regular wages. 1040ez instruction book If there are no concurrently paid regular wages, add the supplemental wages to alternatively, either the regular wages paid or to be paid for the current payroll period or the regular wages paid for the preceding payroll period. 1040ez instruction book Figure the income tax withholding as if the total of the regular wages and supplemental wages is a single payment. 1040ez instruction book Subtract the tax withheld from the regular wages. 1040ez instruction book Withhold the remaining tax from the supplemental wages. 1040ez instruction book If there were other payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period made before the current payment of supplemental wages, aggregate all the payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period with the regular wages paid during the payroll period, calculate the tax on the total, subtract the tax already withheld from the regular wages and the previous supplemental wage payments, and withhold the remaining tax. 1040ez instruction book If you did not withhold income tax from the employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, use method 1-b. 1040ez instruction book This would occur, for example, when the value of the employee's withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4 is more than the wages. 1040ez instruction book Regardless of the method you use to withhold income tax on supplemental wages, they are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez instruction book Example 1. 1040ez instruction book You pay John Peters a base salary on the 1st of each month. 1040ez instruction book He is single and claims one withholding allowance. 1040ez instruction book In January he is paid $1,000. 1040ez instruction book Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $50 from this amount. 1040ez instruction book In February, he receives salary of $1,000 plus a commission of $2,000, which you combine with regular wages and do not separately identify. 1040ez instruction book You figure the withholding based on the total of $3,000. 1040ez instruction book The correct withholding from the tables is $338. 1040ez instruction book Example 2. 1040ez instruction book You pay Sharon Warren a base salary on the 1st of each month. 1040ez instruction book She is single and claims one allowance. 1040ez instruction book Her May 1 pay is $2,000. 1040ez instruction book Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $188. 1040ez instruction book On May 14 she receives a bonus of $1,000. 1040ez instruction book Electing to use supplemental wage withholding method 1-b, you: Add the bonus amount to the amount of wages from the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) ($2,000 + $1,000 = $3,000). 1040ez instruction book Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $3,000 amount to be $338 using the wage bracket tables. 1040ez instruction book Subtract the amount withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) from the combined withholding amount ($338 – $188 = $150). 1040ez instruction book Withhold $150 from the bonus payment. 1040ez instruction book Example 3. 1040ez instruction book The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to use the flat rate method of withholding on the bonus. 1040ez instruction book You withhold 25% of $1,000, or $250, from Sharon's bonus payment. 1040ez instruction book Example 4. 1040ez instruction book The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to pay Sharon a second bonus of $2,000 on May 28. 1040ez instruction book Using supplemental wage withholding method 1-b, you: Add the first and second bonus amounts to the amount of wages from the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) ($2,000 + $1,000 + $2,000 = $5,000). 1040ez instruction book Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $5,000 amount to be $781 using the wage bracket tables. 1040ez instruction book Subtract the amounts withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) and the amounts withheld from the first bonus payment from the combined withholding amount ($781 – $188 – $150 = $443). 1040ez instruction book Withhold $443 from the second bonus payment. 1040ez instruction book Tips treated as supplemental wages. 1040ez instruction book   Withhold income tax on tips from wages earned by the employee or from other funds the employee makes available. 1040ez instruction book If an employee receives regular wages and reports tips, figure income tax withholding as if the tips were supplemental wages. 1040ez instruction book If you have not withheld income tax from the regular wages, add the tips to the regular wages. 1040ez instruction book Then withhold income tax on the total. 1040ez instruction book If you withheld income tax from the regular wages, you can withhold on the tips by method 1-a or 1-b discussed earlier in this section under Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. 1040ez instruction book Vacation pay. 1040ez instruction book   Vacation pay is subject to withholding as if it were a regular wage payment. 1040ez instruction book When vacation pay is in addition to regular wages for the vacation period, treat it as a supplemental wage payment. 1040ez instruction book If the vacation pay is for a time longer than your usual payroll period, spread it over the pay periods for which you pay it. 1040ez instruction book 8. 1040ez instruction book Payroll Period Your payroll period is a period of service for which you usually pay wages. 1040ez instruction book When you have a regular payroll period, withhold income tax for that time period even if your employee does not work the full period. 1040ez instruction book No regular payroll period. 1040ez instruction book   When you do not have a regular payroll period, withhold the tax as if you paid wages for a daily or miscellaneous payroll period. 1040ez instruction book Figure the number of days (including Sundays and holidays) in the period covered by the wage payment. 1040ez instruction book If the wages are unrelated to a specific length of time (for example, commissions paid on completion of a sale), count back the number of days from the payment period to the latest of: The last wage payment made during the same calendar year, The date employment began, if during the same calendar year, or January 1 of the same year. 1040ez instruction book Employee paid for period less than 1 week. 1040ez instruction book   When you pay an employee for a period of less than one week, and the employee signs a statement under penalties of perjury indicating he or she is not working for any other employer during the same week for wages subject to withholding, figure withholding based on a weekly payroll period. 1040ez instruction book If the employee later begins to work for another employer for wages subject to withholding, the employee must notify you within 10 days. 1040ez instruction book You then figure withholding based on the daily or miscellaneous period. 1040ez instruction book 9. 1040ez instruction book Withholding From Employees' Wages Income Tax Withholding Using Form W-4 to figure withholding. 1040ez instruction book   To know how much federal income tax to withhold from employees' wages, you should have a Form W-4 on file for each employee. 1040ez instruction book Encourage your employees to file an updated Form W-4 for 2014, especially if they owed taxes or received a large refund when filing their 2013 tax return. 1040ez instruction book Advise your employees to use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at www. 1040ez instruction book irs. 1040ez instruction book gov/individuals for help in determining how many withholding allowances to claim on their Forms W-4. 1040ez instruction book   Ask all new employees to give you a signed Form W-4 when they start work. 1040ez instruction book Make the form effective with the first wage payment. 1040ez instruction book If a new employee does not give you a completed Form W-4, withhold income tax as if he or she is single, with no withholding allowances. 1040ez instruction book Form in Spanish. 1040ez instruction book   You can provide Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de Retenciones del Empleado, in place of Form W-4, to your Spanish-speaking employees. 1040ez instruction book For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). 1040ez instruction book The rules discussed in this section that apply to Form W-4 also apply to Formulario W-4(SP). 1040ez instruction book Electronic system to receive Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book   You may establish a system to electronically receive Forms W-4 from your employees. 1040ez instruction book See Regulations section 31. 1040ez instruction book 3402(f)(5)-1(c) for more information. 1040ez instruction book Effective date of Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book   A Form W-4 remains in effect until the employee gives you a new one. 1040ez instruction book When you receive a new Form W-4 from an employee, do not adjust withholding for pay periods before the effective date of the new form. 1040ez instruction book If an employee gives you a Form W-4 that replaces an existing Form W-4, begin withholding no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day from the date when you received the replacement Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book For exceptions, see Exemption from federal income tax withholding , IRS review of requested Forms W-4 , and Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. 1040ez instruction book A Form W-4 that makes a change for the next calendar year will not take effect in the current calendar year. 1040ez instruction book Successor employer. 1040ez instruction book   If you are a successor employer (see Successor employer , later in this section), secure new Forms W-4 from the transferred employees unless the “Alternative Procedure” in section 5 of Revenue Procedure 2004-53 applies. 1040ez instruction book See Revenue Procedure 2004-53, 2004-34 I. 1040ez instruction book R. 1040ez instruction book B. 1040ez instruction book 320, available at www. 1040ez instruction book irs. 1040ez instruction book gov/irb/2004-34_IRB/ar13. 1040ez instruction book html. 1040ez instruction book Completing Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book   The amount of any federal income tax withholding must be based on marital status and withholding allowances. 1040ez instruction book Your employees may not base their withholding amounts on a fixed dollar amount or percentage. 1040ez instruction book However, an employee may specify a dollar amount to be withheld in addition to the amount of withholding based on filing status and withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book Employees may claim fewer withholding allowances than they are entitled to claim. 1040ez instruction book They may wish to claim fewer allowances to ensure they have enough withholding or to offset the tax on other sources of taxable income not subject to withholding. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information about completing Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book Along with Form W-4, you may wish to order Publication 505 for use by your employees. 1040ez instruction book Do not accept any withholding or estimated tax payments from your employees in addition to withholding based on their Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book If they require additional withholding, they should submit a new Form W-4 and, if necessary, pay estimated tax by filing Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, or by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make estimated tax payments. 1040ez instruction book Exemption from federal income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book   Generally, an employee may claim exemption from federal income tax withholding because he or she had no income tax liability last year and expects none this year. 1040ez instruction book See the Form W-4 instructions for more information. 1040ez instruction book However, the wages are still subject to social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez instruction book See also Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. 1040ez instruction book   A Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding is effective when it is filed with the employer and only for that calendar year. 1040ez instruction book To continue to be exempt from withholding in the next calendar year, an employee must give you a new Form W-4 by February 15. 1040ez instruction book If the employee does not give you a new Form W-4 by February 15, begin withholding based on the last Form W-4 for the employee that did not claim an exemption from withholding or, if one was not filed, then withhold tax as if he or she is single with zero withholding allowances. 1040ez instruction book If the employee provides a new Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding on February 16 or later, you may apply it to future wages but do not refund any taxes already withheld. 1040ez instruction book Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. 1040ez instruction book   In general, you must withhold federal income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. 1040ez instruction book However, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for exceptions to this general rule. 1040ez instruction book Also see section 3 of Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide, for guidance on H-2A visa workers. 1040ez instruction book Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees. 1040ez instruction book   For 2014, apply the procedure discussed next to figure the amount of income tax to withhold from the wages of nonresident alien employees performing services within the United States. 1040ez instruction book Nonresident alien students from India and business apprentices from India are not subject to this procedure. 1040ez instruction book Instructions. 1040ez instruction book   To figure how much income tax to withhold from the wages paid to a nonresident alien employee performing services in the United States, use the following steps. 1040ez instruction book Step 1. 1040ez instruction book   Add to the wages paid to the nonresident alien employee for the payroll period the amount shown in the chart below for the applicable payroll period. 1040ez instruction book    Amount to Add to Nonresident Alien Employee's Wages for Calculating Income Tax Withholding Only   Payroll Period Add Additional     Weekly $ 43. 1040ez instruction book 30     Biweekly 86. 1040ez instruction book 50     Semimonthly 93. 1040ez instruction book 80     Monthly 187. 1040ez instruction book 50     Quarterly 562. 1040ez instruction book 50     Semiannually 1,125. 1040ez instruction book 00     Annually 2,250. 1040ez instruction book 00     Daily or Miscellaneous (each day of the payroll period) 8. 1040ez instruction book 70   Step 2. 1040ez instruction book   Use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances claimed (generally limited to one allowance) to figure income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book Determine the value of withholding allowances by multiplying the number of withholding allowances claimed by the appropriate amount from Table 5. 1040ez instruction book Percentage Method—2014 Amount for One Withholding Allowance shown on page 41. 1040ez instruction book If you are using the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, provided on pages 43–44, reduce the amount figured in Step 1 by the value of withholding allowances and use that reduced amount to figure the income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book If you are using the Wage Bracket Method for Income Tax Withholding, provided on pages 45–64, use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances to figure income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book The amounts from the chart above are added to wages solely for calculating income tax withholding on the wages of the nonresident alien employee. 1040ez instruction book The amounts from the chart should not be included in any box on the employee's Form W-2 and do not increase the income tax liability of the employee. 1040ez instruction book Also, the amounts from the chart do not increase the social security tax or Medicare tax liability of the employer or the employee, or the FUTA tax liability of the employer. 1040ez instruction book This procedure only applies to nonresident alien employees who have wages subject to income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book Example. 1040ez instruction book An employer using the percentage method of withholding pays wages of $500 for a biweekly payroll period to a married nonresident alien employee. 1040ez instruction book The nonresident alien has properly completed Form W-4, entering marital status as “single” with one withholding allowance and indicating status as a nonresident alien on Form W-4, line 6 (see Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4 , later in this section). 1040ez instruction book The employer determines the wages to be used in the withholding tables by adding to the $500 amount of wages paid the amount of $86. 1040ez instruction book 50 from the chart under Step 1 ($586. 1040ez instruction book 50 total). 1040ez instruction book The employer then applies the applicable tables to determine the income tax withholding for nonresident aliens (see Step 2 ). 1040ez instruction book Reminder: If you use the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, reduce the amount figured in Step 1 by the value of withholding allowances and use that reduced amount to figure income tax withholding. 1040ez instruction book The $86. 1040ez instruction book 50 added to wages for calculating income tax withholding is not reported on Form W-2, and does not increase the income tax liability of the employee. 1040ez instruction book Also, the $86. 1040ez instruction book 50 added to wages does not affect the social security tax or Medicare tax liability of the employer or the employee, or the FUTA tax liability of the employer. 1040ez instruction book Supplemental wage payment. 1040ez instruction book   This procedure for determining the amount of income tax withholding does not apply to a supplemental wage payment (see section 7) if the 39. 1040ez instruction book 6% mandatory flat rate withholding applies or if the 25% optional flat rate withholding is being used to calculate income tax withholding on the supplemental wage payment. 1040ez instruction book Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book   When completing Forms W-4, nonresident aliens are required to: Not claim exemption from income tax withholding, Request withholding as if they are single, regardless of their actual marital status, Claim only one allowance (if the nonresident alien is a resident of Canada, Mexico, or South Korea, or a student or business apprentice from India, he or she may claim more than one allowance), and Write “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6 of Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book   If you maintain an electronic Form W-4 system, you should provide a field for nonresident aliens to enter nonresident alien status in lieu of writing “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6. 1040ez instruction book A nonresident alien employee may request additional withholding at his or her option for other purposes, although such additions should not be necessary for withholding to cover federal income tax liability related to employment. 1040ez instruction book Form 8233. 1040ez instruction book   If a nonresident alien employee claims a tax treaty exemption from withholding, the employee must submit Form 8233, Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual, with respect to the income exempt under the treaty, instead of Form W-4. 1040ez instruction book See Publication 515 for details. 1040ez instruction book IRS review of requested Forms W-4. 1040ez instruction book   When requested by the IRS, you must make original Forms W-4 available for inspection by an IRS employee. 1040ez instruction book You may also be directed to send certain Forms W-4 to the IRS. 1040ez instruction book You may receive a notice from the IRS requiring you to submit a copy of Form W-4 for one or more of your named employees. 1040ez instruction book Send the requested copy or copies of Form W-4 to the IRS at the address provided and in the manner directed by the notice. 1040ez instruction book The IRS may also require you to submit copies of Form W-4 to the IRS as directed by Treasury Decision 9337, 2007-35 I. 1040ez instruction book R. 1040ez instruction book B. 1040ez instruction book 455, which is available at www. 1040ez instruction book irs. 1040ez instruction book gov/irb/2007-35_IRB/ar10. 1040ez instruction book html. 1040ez instruction book When we refer to Form W-4, the same rules apply to Formulario W-4(SP), its Spanish translation. 1040ez instruction book After submitting a copy of a requested Form W-4 to the IRS, continue to withhold federal income tax based on that Form W-4 if it is valid (see Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section). 1040ez instruction book However, if the IRS later notifies you in writing the employee is not entitled to claim exemption from withholding or a claimed number of withholding allowances, withhold federal income tax based on the effective date, marital status, and maximum 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1040ez instruction book 13. 1040ez instruction book   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 1040ez instruction book Free help with your tax return. 1040ez instruction book   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040ez instruction book The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040ez instruction book The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040ez instruction book 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. 1040ez instruction book In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040ez instruction book To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040ez instruction book   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040ez instruction book To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040ez instruction book aarp. 1040ez instruction book org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040ez instruction book For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040ez instruction book Internet. 1040ez instruction book    IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040ez instruction book Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040ez instruction book Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. 1040ez instruction book Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 1040ez instruction book The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040ez instruction book Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. 1040ez instruction book You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040ez instruction book The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040ez instruction book Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 1040ez instruction book No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 1040ez instruction book The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. 1040ez instruction book When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 1040ez instruction book New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 1040ez instruction book  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 1040ez instruction book You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 1040ez instruction book The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 1040ez instruction book When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. 1040ez instruction book Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. 1040ez instruction book You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 1040ez instruction book Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 1040ez instruction book Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 1040ez instruction book Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 1040ez instruction book Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 1040ez instruction book If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. 1040ez instruction book Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 1040ez instruction book You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040ez instruction book It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040ez instruction book Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov. 1040ez instruction book Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov for more information. 1040ez instruction book Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 1040ez instruction book Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov. 1040ez instruction book Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. 1040ez instruction book Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov. 1040ez instruction book Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 1040ez instruction book Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 1040ez instruction book Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 1040ez instruction book An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040ez instruction book Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 1040ez instruction book If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 1040ez instruction book Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 1040ez instruction book Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 1040ez instruction book Go to IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 1040ez instruction book Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 1040ez instruction book Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 1040ez instruction book Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 1040ez instruction book Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov and choose from a variety of options. 1040ez instruction book    Phone. 1040ez instruction book You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 1040ez instruction book Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040ez instruction book Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 1040ez instruction book Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 1040ez instruction book The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040ez instruction book Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 1040ez instruction book Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 1040ez instruction book Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 1040ez instruction book Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 1040ez instruction book If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 1040ez instruction book The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040ez instruction book Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040ez instruction book Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 1040ez instruction book The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040ez instruction book Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040ez instruction book Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. 1040ez instruction book Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 1040ez instruction book You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040ez instruction book It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040ez instruction book Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 1040ez instruction book You should receive your order within 10 business days. 1040ez instruction book Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 1040ez instruction book If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. 1040ez instruction book Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 1040ez instruction book The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040ez instruction book These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040ez instruction book    Walk-in. 1040ez instruction book You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 1040ez instruction book Products. 1040ez instruction book You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 1040ez instruction book Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 1040ez instruction book Services. 1040ez instruction book You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 1040ez instruction book An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040ez instruction book Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040ez instruction book gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 1040ez instruction book    Mail. 1040ez instruction book You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 1040ez instruction book You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040ez instruction book Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040ez instruction book Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 1040ez instruction book The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 1040ez instruction book Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 1040ez instruction book   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 1040ez instruction book We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. 1040ez instruction book You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 1040ez instruction book You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 1040ez instruction book   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. 1040ez instruction book Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 1040ez instruction book Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 1040ez instruction book Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 1040ez instruction book We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 1040ez instruction book   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. 1040ez instruction book   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 1040ez instruction book If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. 1040ez instruction book Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. 1040ez instruction book   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. 1040ez instruction book Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. 1040ez instruction book Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 1040ez instruction book Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications