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1040ez on line Publication 517 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 1040ez on line Tax questions. 1040ez on line Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New SE tax rate. 1040ez on line  For 2013 and 2014, the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) portion of the SE tax is 12. 1040ez on line 4%. 1040ez on line The Medicare (HI) portion of the SE tax remains 2. 1040ez on line 9%. 1040ez on line As a result, the SE tax rate returns to 15. 1040ez on line 3%. 1040ez on line For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). 1040ez on line Earnings subject to social security. 1040ez on line  For 2013, the maximum wages and self-employment income subject to social security tax increases from $110,100 to $113,700. 1040ez on line For 2014, the maximum wages and self-employment income subject to social security tax is $117,000. 1040ez on line Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez on line  Beginning in 2013, a 0. 1040ez on line 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. 1040ez on line For more information, see Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, and its separate instructions. 1040ez on line Modified AGI limit for traditional IRA contributions increased. 1040ez on line  For 2013, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if you were covered by a retirement plan at work and your modified AGI is: Less than $115,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), Less than $69,000 if single or head of household, or Less than $10,000 if married filing separately. 1040ez on line If you file a joint return and either you or your spouse was not covered by a retirement plan at work, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if your modified AGI is less than $188,000. 1040ez on line Modified AGI limit for Roth IRA contributions increased. 1040ez on line  For 2013, you may be able to contribute to your Roth IRA if your modified AGI is: Less than $188,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), Less than $127,000 if single, head of household, or married filing separately and you did not live with your spouse at any time during the year, or Less than $10,000 if married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time during the year. 1040ez on line Earned income credit (EIC). 1040ez on line  For 2013, the maximum amount of income you can earn and still claim the EIC has increased. 1040ez on line You may be able to take the EIC if you earned less than $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) and you have three or more qualifying children; $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) and you have two qualifying children; $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) and you have one qualifying child; and $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) and you do not have any qualifying children. 1040ez on line Reminders Future developments. 1040ez on line . 1040ez on line   For the latest information about developments related to Publication 517, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 1040ez on line irs. 1040ez on line gov/pub517. 1040ez on line Photographs of missing children. 1040ez on line  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 1040ez on line Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 1040ez on line You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 1040ez on line Introduction Three federal taxes are paid on wages and self-employment income—income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax. 1040ez on line Social security and Medicare taxes are collected under one of two systems. 1040ez on line Under the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA), the self-employed person pays all the taxes. 1040ez on line Under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), the employee and the employer each pay half of the social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez on line No earnings are subject to both systems. 1040ez on line Table 1. 1040ez on line Are Your Ministerial Earnings* Covered Under FICA or SECA? Find the class to which you belong in the left column and read across the table to find if you are covered under FICA or SECA. 1040ez on line Do not rely on this table alone. 1040ez on line Also read the discussion for the class in the following pages. 1040ez on line Class Covered under FICA? Covered under SECA? Minister NO. 1040ez on line Your ministerial earnings are exempt. 1040ez on line YES, if you do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. 1040ez on line   NO, if you have an approved exemption. 1040ez on line Member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty NO. 1040ez on line Your ministerial earnings are exempt. 1040ez on line YES, if you do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. 1040ez on line   NO, if you have an approved exemption. 1040ez on line Member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty YES, if: Your order elected FICA coverage for its members, or You worked outside the order and the work was not required by, or done on behalf of, the order. 1040ez on line   NO, if neither of the above applies. 1040ez on line NO. 1040ez on line Your ministerial earnings are exempt. 1040ez on line Christian Science practitioner or reader NO. 1040ez on line Your ministerial earnings are exempt. 1040ez on line YES, if you do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. 1040ez on line   NO, if you have an approved exemption. 1040ez on line Religious worker (church employee) YES, if your employer did not elect to exclude you. 1040ez on line    NO, if your employer elected to exclude you. 1040ez on line YES, if your employer elected to exclude you from FICA. 1040ez on line   NO, if you are covered under FICA. 1040ez on line Member of a recognized religious sect YES, if you are an employee and do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. 1040ez on line    NO, if you have an approved exemption. 1040ez on line YES, if you are self-employed and do not have an approved exemption from the IRS. 1040ez on line   NO, if you have an approved exemption. 1040ez on line * Ministerial earnings are the self-employment earnings that result from ministerial services, defined and discussed later. 1040ez on line In addition, all wages and self-employment income that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to a 0. 1040ez on line 9% Additional Medicare Tax if they are paid in excess of the applicable threshold for an individual's filing status. 1040ez on line Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. 1040ez on line Medicare wages and self-employment income are combined to determine if income exceeds the threshold. 1040ez on line A self-employment loss is not considered for purposes of this tax. 1040ez on line RRTA compensation is separately compared to the threshold. 1040ez on line There is no employer match for Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez on line For more information, see Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, and its separate instructions. 1040ez on line This publication contains information for the following classes of taxpayers. 1040ez on line Ministers. 1040ez on line Members of a religious order. 1040ez on line Christian Science practitioners and readers. 1040ez on line Religious workers (church employees). 1040ez on line Members of a recognized religious sect. 1040ez on line Note. 1040ez on line Unless otherwise noted, in this publication references to members of the clergy include ministers, members of a religious order (but not members of a recognized religious sect), and Christian Science practitioners and readers. 1040ez on line This publication covers the following topics about the collection of social security and Medicare taxes from members of the clergy, religious workers, and members of a recognized religious sect. 1040ez on line Which earnings are taxed under FICA and which under SECA. 1040ez on line See Table 1 above. 1040ez on line How a member of the clergy can apply for an exemption from self-employment tax. 1040ez on line How a member of a recognized religious sect can apply for an exemption from both self-employment tax and FICA taxes. 1040ez on line How a member of the clergy or religious worker figures net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez on line This publication also covers certain income tax rules of interest to ministers and members of a religious order. 1040ez on line A Comprehensive Example shows filled-in forms for a minister who has income taxed under SECA, other income taxed under FICA, and income tax reporting of items specific to a minister. 1040ez on line In the back of Publication 517 is a set of worksheets that you can use to figure the amount of your taxable ministerial income and allowable deductions. 1040ez on line You will find these worksheets right after the Comprehensive Example . 1040ez on line Note. 1040ez on line In this publication, the term “church” is generally used in its generic sense and not in reference to any particular religion. 1040ez on line Comments and suggestions. 1040ez on line   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 1040ez on line   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 1040ez on line NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 1040ez on line Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 1040ez on line   You can send your comments from www. 1040ez on line irs. 1040ez on line gov/formspubs/. 1040ez on line Click on “More Information” and then on “Give us feedback”. 1040ez on line   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 1040ez on line Ordering forms and publications. 1040ez on line   Visit www. 1040ez on line irs. 1040ez on line gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 1040ez 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File a Delayed Baggage Report

If your bags aren't on the conveyor belt when you arrive, file a report with the airline before you leave the airport.

  • Insist they fill out a form and give you a copy, even if they say the bag will be on the next flight.
  • Get the name of the person who filled out the form and a phone number for follow up.
  • Confirm that the airline will deliver the bag to you without charge when it's found.

Some airlines will give you money to purchase a few necessities. If they don't provide you with cash, ask what types of articles would be reimbursable, and keep all receipts.

If a suitcase arrives damaged, the airline will usually pay for repairs. If an item can't be fixed, they will negotiate to pay you its depreciated value. The same is true for belongings packed inside. Of course, airlines may refuse to pay for damage if it was caused by your failure to pack something properly rather than the airline's handling.

Submit a Second Detailed Report

If your bag is declared officially lost, you will have to submit a second, more detailed form within a time period set by the airline. The information on the form is used to estimate the value of your lost belongings. Airlines can limit their liability for delayed, lost and damaged baggage, however, they must prominently display a sign that explains the limit. According to the Office of Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement; the maximum an airline pays on lost bags and their contents is limited to $3,000 per passenger on domestic flights, and $1,500 per passenger for checked baggage on international flights. The Travel Insider offers more information on maximum liability, including special rates that change on a daily basis.

If the airline's offer doesn't fully cover your loss, check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it covers losses away from home. Some credit card companies and travel agencies also offer optional or even automatic supplemental baggage coverage.

On those trips when you know you're carrying more than the liability limits, you may want to ask about purchasing "excess valuation" from the airline when you check in. Of course, there is no guarantee the airline will sell you this protection. The airline may refuse, especially if the item is valuable or breakable.

Airline Fees

Air travelers may choose from a wide variety of airfares. Compare rates online using airline websites or third-party reservation services. You can also contact a travel agent, another ticket outlet, or the airlines serving the places to which you want to travel. Watch for newspaper, magazine, and radio ads. Be wary of new companies serving the market; they may offer lower fares but may not yet have a track record for safety or reliability.
Many airlines charge extra fees for checked baggage, advance seat assignments, meals, and other services. The Department of Transportation has ruled that an airline must prominently disclose all potential fees on their websites. The airline must also refund baggage fees if they lose your baggage. Airlines are also required to include all government taxes and fees in the advertised price. For more information contact the Department of Transportation's Aviation Consumer Protection Division.

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1040ez on line 5. 1040ez on line   Ministers and Church Employees Table of Contents Alternative Limit for Church Employees Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of ServiceChanges to Includible Compensation Changes to Years of Service Self-employed ministers and church employees who participate in 403(b) plans generally follow the same rules as other 403(b) plan participants. 1040ez on line This means that if you are a self-employed minister or a church employee, your MAC generally is the lesser of: Your limit on annual additions, or Your limit on elective deferrals. 1040ez on line For most ministers and church employees, the limit on annual additions is figured without any changes. 1040ez on line This means that if you are a minister or church employee, your limit on annual additions generally is the lesser of: $51,000 for 2013 and $52,000 for 2014, or Your includible compensation for your most recent year of service. 1040ez on line Although, in general, the same limit applies, church employees can choose an alternative limit and there are changes in how church employees, foreign missionaries, and self-employed ministers figure includible compensation for the most recent year of service. 1040ez on line This chapter will explain the alternative limit and the changes. 1040ez on line Who is a church employee?   A church employee is anyone who is an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches, including an employee of a tax-exempt organization controlled by or associated with a church or a convention or association of churches. 1040ez on line Alternative Limit for Church Employees If you are a church employee, you can choose to use $10,000 a year as your limit on annual additions, even if your annual additions computed under the general rule is less. 1040ez on line Total contributions over your lifetime under this choice cannot be more than $40,000. 1040ez on line Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of Service There are two types of changes in determining includible compensation for the most recent year of service. 1040ez on line They are: Changes in how the includible compensation of foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers is figured, and A change to the years that are counted when figuring the most recent year of service for church employees and self-employed ministers. 1040ez on line Changes to Includible Compensation Includible compensation is figured differently for foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers. 1040ez on line Foreign missionary. 1040ez on line   If you are a foreign missionary, your includible compensation includes foreign earned income that may otherwise be excludable from your gross income under section 911. 1040ez on line   If you are a foreign missionary, and your adjusted gross income is $17,000 or less, contributions to your 403(b) account will not be treated as exceeding the limit on annual additions if the contributions are not in excess of $3,000. 1040ez on line   You are a foreign missionary if you are either a layperson or a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church and you meet both of the following requirements. 1040ez on line You are an employee of a church or convention or association of churches. 1040ez on line You are performing services for the church outside the United States. 1040ez on line Self-employed minister. 1040ez on line   If you are a self-employed minister, you are treated as an employee of a tax-exempt organization that is a qualified employer. 1040ez on line Your includible compensation is your net earnings from your ministry minus the contributions made to the retirement plan on your behalf and the deductible portion of your self-employment tax. 1040ez on line Changes to Years of Service Generally, only service with the employer who maintains your 403(b) account can be counted when figuring your limit on annual additions. 1040ez on line Church employees. 1040ez on line   If you are a church employee, treat all of your years of service as an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches as years of service with one employer. 1040ez on line Self-employed minister. 1040ez on line   If you are a self-employed minister, your years of service include full and part years during which you were self-employed. 1040ez on line Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications