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2011 federal tax forms 3. 2011 federal tax forms   Credit for Withholding and Estimated Tax for 2013 Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: WithholdingForm W-2 Form W-2G The 1099 Series Form Not Correct Form Received After Filing Separate Returns Fiscal Years (FY) Estimated TaxSeparate Returns Divorced Taxpayers Excess Social Security or Railroad Retirement Tax WithholdingJoint returns. 2011 federal tax forms Worksheet for Nonrailroad Employees Worksheets for Railroad Employees Introduction When you file your 2013 income tax return, take credit for all the income tax and excess social security or railroad retirement tax withheld from your salary, wages, pensions, etc. 2011 federal tax forms Also take credit for the estimated tax you paid for 2013. 2011 federal tax forms These credits are subtracted from your total tax. 2011 federal tax forms Because these credits are refundable, you should file a return and claim these credits, even if you do not owe tax. 2011 federal tax forms If the total of your withholding and your estimated tax payments for any payment period is less than the amount you needed to pay by the due date for that period, you may be charged a penalty, even if the total of these credits is more than your tax for the year. 2011 federal tax forms Topics - This chapter discusses: How to take credit for withholding, How to take credit for estimated taxes you paid, and How to take credit for excess social security, Medicare, or railroad retirement tax withholding. 2011 federal tax forms Withholding If you had income tax withheld during 2013, you generally should be sent a statement by January 31, 2014, showing your income and the tax withheld. 2011 federal tax forms Depending on the source of your income, you will receive: Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings, or A form in the 1099 series. 2011 federal tax forms Form W-2 Your employer is required to provide or send Form W-2 to you no later than January 31, 2014. 2011 federal tax forms You should receive a separate Form W-2 from each employer you worked for. 2011 federal tax forms If you stopped working before the end of 2013, your employer could have given you your Form W-2 at any time after you stopped working. 2011 federal tax forms However, your employer must provide or send it to you by January 31, 2014. 2011 federal tax forms If you ask for the form, your employer must send it to you within 30 days after receiving your written request or within 30 days after your final wage payment, whichever is later. 2011 federal tax forms If you have not received your Form W-2 by January 31, contact your employer or payer to request a copy. 2011 federal tax forms If you still do not get the form by February 15, the IRS can help you by requesting the form from your employer. 2011 federal tax forms The phone number for the IRS is listed in chapter 5. 2011 federal tax forms You will be asked for the following information. 2011 federal tax forms Your name, address, city and state, zip code, and social security number. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer's name, address, city, state, zip code, and the employer's identification number (if known). 2011 federal tax forms An estimate of the wages you earned, the federal income tax withheld, and the period you worked for that employer. 2011 federal tax forms The estimate should be based on year-to-date information from your final pay stub or leave-and-earnings statement, if possible. 2011 federal tax forms Form W-2 shows your total pay and other compensation and the income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax that was withheld during the year. 2011 federal tax forms Total the federal income tax withheld (shown in box 2 of all Forms W-2 received) and enter that amount on the appropriate line of your tax return. 2011 federal tax forms In addition, Form W-2 is used to report any taxable sick pay you received and any income tax withheld from your sick pay. 2011 federal tax forms Your sick pay may be combined with other wages in one Form W-2 or you may receive a separate Form W-2 for sick pay. 2011 federal tax forms If you file a paper tax return, attach Copy B of Form W-2 to your return. 2011 federal tax forms Form W-2G If you had gambling winnings in 2013, the payer may have withheld income tax. 2011 federal tax forms If tax was withheld, the payer will give you a Form W-2G showing the amount you won and the amount of tax withheld. 2011 federal tax forms Report the amounts you won on line 21 of Form 1040. 2011 federal tax forms Take credit for the tax withheld on line 62 of Form 1040. 2011 federal tax forms If you had gambling winnings, you must use Form 1040; you cannot use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. 2011 federal tax forms Gambling losses can be deducted on Schedule A (Form 1040) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. 2011 federal tax forms However, you cannot deduct more than the gambling winnings you report on Form 1040. 2011 federal tax forms File Form W-2G with your income tax return only if it shows any federal income tax withheld in box 2. 2011 federal tax forms The 1099 Series Most forms in the 1099 series are not filed with your return. 2011 federal tax forms In general, these forms should be furnished to you by January 31, 2014. 2011 federal tax forms Unless instructed to file any of these forms with your return, keep them for your records. 2011 federal tax forms There are several different forms in this series, including: Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions; Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt; Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions; Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments; Form 1099-INT, Interest Income; Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third-Party Network Transactions; Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income; Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount; Form 1099-PATR, Taxable Distributions Received From Cooperatives; Form 1099-Q, Payments From Qualified Education Programs (Under Sections 529 and 530); Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. 2011 federal tax forms ; Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement; and Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. 2011 federal tax forms If you received the types of income reported on some forms in the 1099 series, you may not be able to use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. 2011 federal tax forms See the instructions to these forms for details. 2011 federal tax forms Reporting your withholding. 2011 federal tax forms   Report on your tax return all federal income tax withholding shown on your Form 1099, Form SSA-1099, and/or Form RRB-1099. 2011 federal tax forms Include the amount withheld in the total on line 62 of Form 1040, line 36 of Form 1040A, or line 7 of Form 1040EZ. 2011 federal tax forms Form 1099-R. 2011 federal tax forms   Attach Form 1099-R to your paper return if federal income tax withholding is shown in box 4. 2011 federal tax forms Do not attach any other Form 1099. 2011 federal tax forms Form Not Correct If you receive a form with incorrect information, you should ask the payer for a corrected form. 2011 federal tax forms Call the telephone number or write to the address given for the payer on the form. 2011 federal tax forms The corrected Form W-2G or Form 1099 you receive will have an “X” in the “CORRECTED” box at the top of the form. 2011 federal tax forms A special form, Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, is used to correct a Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms In certain situations, you will receive two forms in place of the original incorrect form. 2011 federal tax forms This will happen when your taxpayer identification number is wrong or missing, your name and address are wrong, or you received the wrong type of form (for example, a Form 1099-DIV instead of a Form 1099-INT). 2011 federal tax forms One new form you receive will be the same incorrect form or have the same incorrect information, but all money amounts will be zero. 2011 federal tax forms This form will have an “X” in the “CORRECTED” box at the top of the form. 2011 federal tax forms The second new form should have all the correct information, prepared as though it is the original (the “CORRECTED” box will not be checked). 2011 federal tax forms Form Received After Filing If you file your return and you later receive a form for income that you did not include on your return, report the income and take credit for any income tax withheld by filing Form 1040X, Amended U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms Individual Income Tax Return. 2011 federal tax forms Separate Returns If you are married but file a separate return, you can take credit only for the tax withheld from your own income. 2011 federal tax forms Do not include any amount withheld from your spouse's income. 2011 federal tax forms However, different rules may apply if you live in a community property state. 2011 federal tax forms Community property states. 2011 federal tax forms   The following are community property states. 2011 federal tax forms Arizona. 2011 federal tax forms California. 2011 federal tax forms Idaho. 2011 federal tax forms Louisiana. 2011 federal tax forms Nevada. 2011 federal tax forms New Mexico. 2011 federal tax forms Texas. 2011 federal tax forms Washington. 2011 federal tax forms Wisconsin. 2011 federal tax forms Generally, if you live in a community property state and file a separate return, you and your spouse each must report half of all community income in addition to your own separate income. 2011 federal tax forms If you are required to report half of all community income, you are entitled to take credit for half of all taxes withheld on the community income. 2011 federal tax forms If you were divorced during the year, each of you generally must report half the community income and can take credit for half the withholding on that community income for the period before the divorce. 2011 federal tax forms   For more information on these rules, and some exceptions, see Publication 555, Community Property. 2011 federal tax forms Fiscal Years (FY) If you file your tax return on the basis of a fiscal year (a 12-month period ending on the last day of any month except December), you must follow special rules, described below, to determine your credit for federal income tax withholding. 2011 federal tax forms Fiscal year withholding. 2011 federal tax forms    You can claim credit on your tax return only for the tax withheld during the calendar year (CY) ending within your fiscal year. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot claim credit for any of the tax withheld during the calendar year beginning in your fiscal year. 2011 federal tax forms You will be able to claim credit for that withholding on your return for your next fiscal year. 2011 federal tax forms   The Form W-2 or 1099 you receive for the calendar year that ends during your fiscal year will show the tax withheld and the income you received during that calendar year. 2011 federal tax forms   Although you take credit for all the withheld tax shown on the form, report only the part of the income shown on the form that you received during your fiscal year. 2011 federal tax forms Add to that the income you received during the rest of your fiscal year. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms Miles Hanson files his return for a fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. 2011 federal tax forms In January 2013, he received a Form W-2 that showed that his wages for 2012 were $31,200 and that his income tax withheld was $3,380. 2011 federal tax forms His records show that he had received $15,000 of the wages by June 30, 2012, and $16,200 from July 1 through December 31, 2012. 2011 federal tax forms See Table 3-1 . 2011 federal tax forms On his return for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, Miles will report the $16,200 he was paid in July through December of 2012, plus the $18,850 he was paid during the rest of the fiscal year, January 1, 2013, through June 30, 2013. 2011 federal tax forms However, he takes credit for all $3,380 that was withheld during 2012. 2011 federal tax forms On his return for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, he reported the $15,000 he was paid in January through June 2012, but took no credit for the tax withheld during that time. 2011 federal tax forms On his return for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, he will take the credit for any tax withheld during 2013 but not for any tax withheld during 2014. 2011 federal tax forms Table 3-1. 2011 federal tax forms Example for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013—Miles Hanson Date Form W-2 Miles' records Tax return for FY ending 6/30/20121 Tax return for FY ending 6/30/2013 Wages With- holding Wages With- holding Wages With- holding Wages With- holding CY 20122 $31,200 $3,380             1/1/2012 –  6/30/2012     $15,000 $1,600 $15,000       7/1/2012 –  12/31/2012     $16,200 $1,780     $16,200 $3,380 CY 2013 $37,700 $4,316 3             1/1/2013 –  6/30/2013     $18,850 $2,158     $18,850   7/1/2013 –  12/31/2013     $18,850 4 $2,158         1Miles' tax return for FY ending 6/30/2012 also included his wages for 7/1–12/31/2011 and the withholding shown on his 2011 Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms  2Calendar year (January 1 – December 31). 2011 federal tax forms   3Withholding shown on 2013 Form W-2 ($4,316) will be included in Miles' tax return for FY ending 6/30/2014, the fiscal year in which calendar year 2013 ends. 2011 federal tax forms   4Wages for 7/1–12/31/2013 ($18,850) will be included in Miles' tax return for FY ending 6/30/2014, the fiscal year in which the wages were received. 2011 federal tax forms Backup withholding. 2011 federal tax forms   If income tax has been withheld under the backup withholding rule, take credit for it on your tax return for the fiscal year in which you received the income. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms Emily Smith's records show that she received income in November 2013 and February 2014 from which there was backup withholding ($100 and $50, respectively). 2011 federal tax forms Emily takes credit for the entire $150 of backup withholding on her tax return for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. 2011 federal tax forms Estimated Tax Take credit for all your estimated tax payments for 2013 on line 63 of Form 1040 or line 37 of Form 1040A. 2011 federal tax forms Include any overpayment from 2012 that you had credited to your 2013 estimated tax. 2011 federal tax forms You must use Form 1040 or Form 1040A if you paid estimated tax. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot file Form 1040EZ. 2011 federal tax forms If you were a beneficiary of an estate or trust, you should receive a Schedule K-1 (Form 1041), Beneficiary's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. 2011 federal tax forms , from the fiduciary. 2011 federal tax forms If you have estimated taxes credited to you from the estate or trust (from Schedule K-1 (Form 1041)), you must report the estimated taxes on Schedule E (Form 1040). 2011 federal tax forms On the dotted line next to the entry space for line 37 of Schedule E (Form 1040), enter “ES payment claimed” and the amount. 2011 federal tax forms However, do not include this amount in the total on line 37. 2011 federal tax forms Instead, enter the amount on Form 1040, line 63. 2011 federal tax forms This estimated tax payment for 2013 is treated as being made by you on January 15, 2014. 2011 federal tax forms Name changed. 2011 federal tax forms   If you changed your name, and you made estimated tax payments using your former name, attach a statement to the front of your paper tax return indicating: When you made the payments, The amount of each payment, Your name when you made the payments, and The social security number under which you made the payments. 2011 federal tax forms  The statement should cover payments you made jointly with your spouse as well as any you made separately. 2011 federal tax forms   Be sure to report the change to your local Social Security Administration office before filing your 2014 tax return. 2011 federal tax forms This prevents delays in processing your return and issuing refunds. 2011 federal tax forms It also safeguards your future social security benefits. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. 2011 federal tax forms Separate Returns If you and your spouse made separate estimated tax payments for 2013 and you file separate returns, you can take credit only for your own payments. 2011 federal tax forms If you made joint estimated tax payments, you must decide how to divide the payments between your returns. 2011 federal tax forms One of you can claim all of the estimated tax paid and the other none, or you can divide it in any other way you agree on. 2011 federal tax forms If you cannot agree, you must divide the payments in proportion to each spouse's individual tax as shown on your separate returns for 2013. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms James and Evelyn Brown made joint estimated tax payments for 2013 totaling $3,000. 2011 federal tax forms They file separate 2013 Forms 1040. 2011 federal tax forms James' tax is $4,000 and Evelyn's is $1,000. 2011 federal tax forms If they do not agree on how to divide the $3,000, they must divide it proportionately between their returns. 2011 federal tax forms Because James' tax ($4,000) is 80% of the total tax ($5,000), his share of the estimated tax is $2,400 (80% of $3,000). 2011 federal tax forms The balance, $600 (20% of $3,000), is Evelyn's share. 2011 federal tax forms Divorced Taxpayers If you made joint estimated tax payments for 2013 and you were divorced during the year, either you or your former spouse can claim all of the joint payments, or you each can claim part of them. 2011 federal tax forms If you cannot agree on how to divide the payments, you must divide them in proportion to each spouse's individual tax as shown on your separate returns for 2013. 2011 federal tax forms See Example earlier under Separate Returns. 2011 federal tax forms If you claim any of the joint payments on your tax return, enter your former spouse's social security number (SSN) in the space provided at the top of page 1 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A. 2011 federal tax forms If you divorced and remarried in 2013, enter your present spouse's SSN in that space. 2011 federal tax forms Enter your former spouse's SSN, followed by “DIV,” under Payments to the left of Form 1040, line 63, or in the blank space to the left of Form 1040A, line 37. 2011 federal tax forms Excess Social Security or Railroad Retirement Tax Withholding Most employers must withhold social security tax from your wages. 2011 federal tax forms In some cases, however, the federal government and state and local governments do not have to withhold social security tax from their employees' wages. 2011 federal tax forms If you work for a railroad employer, that employer must withhold tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) tax and tier 2 RRTA tax. 2011 federal tax forms Two or more employers. 2011 federal tax forms   If you worked for two or more employers in 2013, too much social security tax or tier 1 RRTA tax may have been withheld from your pay. 2011 federal tax forms You may be able to claim the excess as a credit against your income tax when you file your return. 2011 federal tax forms Table 3-2 shows the maximum amount that should have been withheld for any of these taxes for 2013. 2011 federal tax forms Figure the excess withholding on the appropriate worksheet. 2011 federal tax forms    Table 3-2. 2011 federal tax forms Maximum Social Security and RRTA Withholding for 2013 Type of tax Maximum wages subject to tax Tax rate Maximum tax to be withheld Social security $113,700 6. 2011 federal tax forms 2% $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 Tier 1 RRTA $113,700 6. 2011 federal tax forms 2% $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 Tier 2 RRTA $84,300 4. 2011 federal tax forms 4% $3,709. 2011 federal tax forms 20 Joint returns. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are filing a joint return, you and your spouse must figure any excess social security or tier 1 RRTA separately. 2011 federal tax forms Note. 2011 federal tax forms All wages are subject to Medicare tax withholding. 2011 federal tax forms Employer's error. 2011 federal tax forms   If you had only one employer and he or she withheld too much social security, Medicare, or tier 1 RRTA tax, ask the employer to refund the excess amount to you. 2011 federal tax forms If the employer refuses to refund the overcollection, ask for a statement indicating the amount of the overcollection to support your claim. 2011 federal tax forms File a claim for refund using Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. 2011 federal tax forms Worksheet for Nonrailroad Employees If you did not work for a railroad during 2013, figure the excess social security withholding on Worksheet 3-1. 2011 federal tax forms Note. 2011 federal tax forms If you worked for both a railroad employer and a nonrailroad employer, use Worksheet 3-2, to figure excess social security and tier 1 RRTA tax. 2011 federal tax forms Where to claim credit for excess social security withholding. 2011 federal tax forms   If you file Form 1040, enter the excess on line 69. 2011 federal tax forms   If you file Form 1040A, include the excess in the total on line 41. 2011 federal tax forms Write “Excess SST” and show the amount of the credit in the space to the left of the line. 2011 federal tax forms   You cannot claim excess social security tax withholding on Form 1040EZ. 2011 federal tax forms Worksheets for Railroad Employees If you worked for a railroad during 2013, figure your excess withholding on Worksheet 3-2 and 3-3, as appropriate. 2011 federal tax forms Where to claim credit for excess tier 1 RRTA withholding. 2011 federal tax forms   If you file Form 1040, enter the excess on line 69. 2011 federal tax forms   If you file Form 1040A, include the excess in the total on line 41. 2011 federal tax forms Write “Excess SST” and show the amount of the credit in the space to the left of the line. 2011 federal tax forms   You cannot claim excess tier 1 RRTA withholding on Form 1040EZ. 2011 federal tax forms How to claim refund of excess tier 2 RRTA. 2011 federal tax forms   To claim a refund of tier 2 tax, use Form 843. 2011 federal tax forms Be sure to attach a copy of all of your Forms W-2. 2011 federal tax forms   See Worksheet 3-3 and the Instructions for Form 843, for more details. 2011 federal tax forms Worksheet 3-1. 2011 federal tax forms Excess Social Security—Nonrailroad Employees 1. 2011 federal tax forms Add all social security tax withheld (but not more than  $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 for each employer). 2011 federal tax forms This tax should be shown  in box 4 of your Forms W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the total here 1. 2011 federal tax forms   2. 2011 federal tax forms Enter any uncollected social security tax on tips or group-term life insurance on Form 1040, line 60, identified by “UT” 2. 2011 federal tax forms   3. 2011 federal tax forms Add lines 1 and 2. 2011 federal tax forms If $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 or less, stop here. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot claim the credit 3. 2011 federal tax forms   4. 2011 federal tax forms Social security limit 4. 2011 federal tax forms $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 5. 2011 federal tax forms Excess. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 4 from line 3 5. 2011 federal tax forms   Worksheet 3-2. 2011 federal tax forms Excess Social Security and Tier 1 RRTA—Railroad Employees 1. 2011 federal tax forms Add all social security and tier 1 RRTA tax withheld (but not more than $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 for each employer). 2011 federal tax forms Social security tax should be shown in box 4 and tier 1 RRTA should be shown  in box 14 of your Forms W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the total here 1. 2011 federal tax forms   2. 2011 federal tax forms Enter any uncollected social security and tier 1 RRTA tax on tips or group-term life insurance on Form 1040, line 60, identified by “UT” 2. 2011 federal tax forms   3. 2011 federal tax forms Add lines 1 and 2. 2011 federal tax forms If $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 or less, stop here. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot claim the credit 3. 2011 federal tax forms   4. 2011 federal tax forms Social security and tier 1 RRTA tax limit 4. 2011 federal tax forms $7,049. 2011 federal tax forms 40 5. 2011 federal tax forms Excess. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 4 from line 3 5. 2011 federal tax forms   Worksheet 3-3. 2011 federal tax forms Excess Tier 2 RRTA—Railroad Employees 1. 2011 federal tax forms Add all tier 2 RRTA tax withheld (but not more than $3,709. 2011 federal tax forms 20 for each employer). 2011 federal tax forms Box 14 of your Forms W-2 should show tier 2 RRTA tax. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the total here 1. 2011 federal tax forms   2. 2011 federal tax forms Enter any uncollected tier 2 RRTA tax on tips or group-term life insurance on Form 1040, line 60, identified by “UT” 2. 2011 federal tax forms   3. 2011 federal tax forms Add lines 1 and 2. 2011 federal tax forms If $3,709. 2011 federal tax forms 20 or less, stop here. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot claim the credit. 2011 federal tax forms 3. 2011 federal tax forms   4. 2011 federal tax forms Tier 2 RRTA tax limit 4. 2011 federal tax forms $3,709. 2011 federal tax forms 20 5. 2011 federal tax forms Excess. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 4 from line 3. 2011 federal tax forms 5. 2011 federal tax forms   Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications

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2011 federal tax forms 5. 2011 federal tax forms   Wages, Salaries, and Other Earnings Table of Contents Reminder Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Employee CompensationBabysitting. 2011 federal tax forms Miscellaneous Compensation Fringe Benefits Retirement Plan Contributions Stock Options Restricted Property Special Rules for Certain EmployeesClergy Members of Religious Orders Foreign Employer Military Volunteers Sickness and Injury BenefitsDisability Pensions Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Workers' Compensation Other Sickness and Injury Benefits Reminder Foreign income. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are a U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms citizen or resident alien, you must report income from sources outside the United States (foreign income) on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms law. 2011 federal tax forms This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, or Form 1099 from the foreign payer. 2011 federal tax forms This applies to earned income (such as wages and tips) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, rents, and royalties). 2011 federal tax forms If you reside outside the United States, you may be able to exclude part or all of your foreign source earned income. 2011 federal tax forms For details, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. 2011 federal tax forms Introduction This chapter discusses compensation received for services as an employee, such as wages, salaries, and fringe benefits. 2011 federal tax forms The following topics are included. 2011 federal tax forms Bonuses and awards. 2011 federal tax forms Special rules for certain employees. 2011 federal tax forms Sickness and injury benefits. 2011 federal tax forms The chapter explains what income is included in the employee's gross income and what is not included. 2011 federal tax forms Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income Employee Compensation This section discusses various types of employee compensation including fringe benefits, retirement plan contributions, stock options, and restricted property. 2011 federal tax forms Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms    If you are an employee, you should receive Form W-2 from your employer showing the pay you received for your services. 2011 federal tax forms Include your pay on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or on line 1 of Form 1040EZ, even if you do not receive a Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms   If you performed services, other than as an independent contractor, and your employer did not withhold social security and Medicare taxes from your pay, you must file Form 8919, Uncollected Social Security and Medicare Tax on Wages, with your Form 1040. 2011 federal tax forms These wages must be included on line 7 of Form 1040. 2011 federal tax forms See Form 8919 for more information. 2011 federal tax forms Childcare providers. 2011 federal tax forms    If you provide childcare, either in the child's home or in your home or other place of business, the pay you receive must be included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms If you are not an employee, you are probably self-employed and must include payments for your services on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. 2011 federal tax forms You generally are not an employee unless you are subject to the will and control of the person who employs you as to what you are to do and how you are to do it. 2011 federal tax forms Babysitting. 2011 federal tax forms   If you babysit for relatives or neighborhood children, whether on a regular basis or only periodically, the rules for childcare providers apply to you. 2011 federal tax forms Miscellaneous Compensation This section discusses different types of employee compensation. 2011 federal tax forms Advance commissions and other earnings. 2011 federal tax forms   If you receive advance commissions or other amounts for services to be performed in the future and you are a cash-method taxpayer, you must include these amounts in your income in the year you receive them. 2011 federal tax forms    If you repay unearned commissions or other amounts in the same year you receive them, reduce the amount included in your income by the repayment. 2011 federal tax forms If you repay them in a later tax year, you can deduct the repayment as an itemized deduction on your Schedule A (Form 1040), or you may be able to take a credit for that year. 2011 federal tax forms See Repayments in chapter 12. 2011 federal tax forms Allowances and reimbursements. 2011 federal tax forms    If you receive travel, transportation, or other business expense allowances or reimbursements from your employer, see Publication 463. 2011 federal tax forms If you are reimbursed for moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. 2011 federal tax forms Back pay awards. 2011 federal tax forms    Include in income amounts you are awarded in a settlement or judgment for back pay. 2011 federal tax forms These include payments made to you for damages, unpaid life insurance premiums, and unpaid health insurance premiums. 2011 federal tax forms They should be reported to you by your employer on Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Bonuses and awards. 2011 federal tax forms   Bonuses or awards you receive for outstanding work are included in your income and should be shown on your Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms These include prizes such as vacation trips for meeting sales goals. 2011 federal tax forms If the prize or award you receive is goods or services, you must include the fair market value of the goods or services in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, if your employer merely promises to pay you a bonus or award at some future time, it is not taxable until you receive it or it is made available to you. 2011 federal tax forms Employee achievement award. 2011 federal tax forms   If you receive tangible personal property (other than cash, a gift certificate, or an equivalent item) as an award for length of service or safety achievement, you generally can exclude its value from your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, the amount you can exclude is limited to your employer's cost and cannot be more than $1,600 ($400 for awards that are not qualified plan awards) for all such awards you receive during the year. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer can tell you whether your award is a qualified plan award. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer must make the award as part of a meaningful presentation, under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of it being disguised pay. 2011 federal tax forms   However, the exclusion does not apply to the following awards: A length-of-service award if you received it for less than 5 years of service or if you received another length-of-service award during the year or the previous 4 years. 2011 federal tax forms A safety achievement award if you are a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee or if more than 10% of eligible employees previously received safety achievement awards during the year. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms Ben Green received three employee achievement awards during the year: a nonqualified plan award of a watch valued at $250, and two qualified plan awards of a stereo valued at $1,000 and a set of golf clubs valued at $500. 2011 federal tax forms Assuming that the requirements for qualified plan awards are otherwise satisfied, each award by itself would be excluded from income. 2011 federal tax forms However, because the $1,750 total value of the awards is more than $1,600, Ben must include $150 ($1,750 – $1,600) in his income. 2011 federal tax forms Differential wage payments. 2011 federal tax forms   This is any payment made to you by an employer for any period during which you are, for a period of more than 30 days, an active duty member of the uniformed services and represents all or a portion of the wages you would have received from the employer during that period. 2011 federal tax forms These payments are treated as wages and are subject to income tax withholding, but not FICA or FUTA taxes. 2011 federal tax forms The payments are reported as wages on Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Government cost-of-living allowances. 2011 federal tax forms   Most payments received by U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms Government civilian employees for working abroad are taxable. 2011 federal tax forms However, certain cost-of-living allowances are tax free. 2011 federal tax forms Publication 516, U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad, explains the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. 2011 federal tax forms Nonqualified deferred compensation plans. 2011 federal tax forms   Your employer will report to you the total amount of deferrals for the year under a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. 2011 federal tax forms This amount is shown on Form W-2, box 12, using code Y. 2011 federal tax forms This amount is not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms   However, if at any time during the tax year, the plan fails to meet certain requirements, or is not operated under those requirements, all amounts deferred under the plan for the tax year and all preceding tax years are included in your income for the current year. 2011 federal tax forms This amount is included in your wages shown on Form W-2, box 1. 2011 federal tax forms It is also shown on Form W-2, box 12, using code Z. 2011 federal tax forms Note received for services. 2011 federal tax forms    If your employer gives you a secured note as payment for your services, you must include the fair market value (usually the discount value) of the note in your income for the year you receive it. 2011 federal tax forms When you later receive payments on the note, a proportionate part of each payment is the recovery of the fair market value that you previously included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Do not include that part again in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Include the rest of the payment in your income in the year of payment. 2011 federal tax forms   If your employer gives you a nonnegotiable unsecured note as payment for your services, payments on the note that are credited toward the principal amount of the note are compensation income when you receive them. 2011 federal tax forms Severance pay. 2011 federal tax forms   You must include in income amounts you receive as severance pay and any payment for the cancellation of your employment contract. 2011 federal tax forms Accrued leave payment. 2011 federal tax forms    If you are a federal employee and receive a lump-sum payment for accrued annual leave when you retire or resign, this amount will be included as wages on your Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms   If you resign from one agency and are reemployed by another agency, you may have to repay part of your lump-sum annual leave payment to the second agency. 2011 federal tax forms You can reduce gross wages by the amount you repaid in the same tax year in which you received it. 2011 federal tax forms Attach to your tax return a copy of the receipt or statement given to you by the agency you repaid to explain the difference between the wages on the return and the wages on your Forms W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Outplacement services. 2011 federal tax forms   If you choose to accept a reduced amount of severance pay so that you can receive outplacement services (such as training in résumé writing and interview techniques), you must include the unreduced amount of the severance pay in income. 2011 federal tax forms    However, you can deduct the value of these outplacement services (up to the difference between the severance pay included in income and the amount actually received) as a miscellaneous deduction (subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income (AGI) limit) on Schedule A (Form 1040). 2011 federal tax forms Sick pay. 2011 federal tax forms   Pay you receive from your employer while you are sick or injured is part of your salary or wages. 2011 federal tax forms In addition, you must include in your income sick pay benefits received from any of the following payers: A welfare fund. 2011 federal tax forms A state sickness or disability fund. 2011 federal tax forms An association of employers or employees. 2011 federal tax forms An insurance company, if your employer paid for the plan. 2011 federal tax forms However, if you paid the premiums on an accident or health insurance policy, the benefits you receive under the policy are not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see Publication 525. 2011 federal tax forms Social security and Medicare taxes paid by employer. 2011 federal tax forms   If you and your employer have an agreement that your employer pays your social security and Medicare taxes without deducting them from your gross wages, you must report the amount of tax paid for you as taxable wages on your tax return. 2011 federal tax forms The payment also is treated as wages for figuring your social security and Medicare taxes and your social security and Medicare benefits. 2011 federal tax forms However, these payments are not treated as social security and Medicare wages if you are a household worker or a farm worker. 2011 federal tax forms Stock appreciation rights. 2011 federal tax forms   Do not include a stock appreciation right granted by your employer in income until you exercise (use) the right. 2011 federal tax forms When you use the right, you are entitled to a cash payment equal to the fair market value of the corporation's stock on the date of use minus the fair market value on the date the right was granted. 2011 federal tax forms You include the cash payment in your income in the year you use the right. 2011 federal tax forms Fringe Benefits Fringe benefits received in connection with the performance of your services are included in your income as compensation unless you pay fair market value for them or they are specifically excluded by law. 2011 federal tax forms Abstaining from the performance of services (for example, under a covenant not to compete) is treated as the performance of services for purposes of these rules. 2011 federal tax forms Accounting period. 2011 federal tax forms   You must use the same accounting period your employer uses to report your taxable noncash fringe benefits. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer has the option to report taxable noncash fringe benefits by using either of the following rules. 2011 federal tax forms The general rule: benefits are reported for a full calendar year (January 1–December 31). 2011 federal tax forms The special accounting period rule: benefits provided during the last 2 months of the calendar year (or any shorter period) are treated as paid during the following calendar year. 2011 federal tax forms For example, each year your employer reports the value of benefits provided during the last 2 months of the prior year and the first 10 months of the current year. 2011 federal tax forms  Your employer does not have to use the same accounting period for each fringe benefit, but must use the same period for all employees who receive a particular benefit. 2011 federal tax forms   You must use the same accounting period that you use to report the benefit to claim an employee business deduction (for use of a car, for example). 2011 federal tax forms Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms   Your employer must include all taxable fringe benefits in box 1 of Form W-2 as wages, tips, and other compensation and, if applicable, in boxes 3 and 5 as social security and Medicare wages. 2011 federal tax forms Although not required, your employer may include the total value of fringe benefits in box 14 (or on a separate statement). 2011 federal tax forms However, if your employer provided you with a vehicle and included 100% of its annual lease value in your income, the employer must separately report this value to you in box 14 (or on a separate statement). 2011 federal tax forms Accident or Health Plan In most cases, the value of accident or health plan coverage provided to you by your employer is not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Benefits you receive from the plan may be taxable, as explained later under Sickness and Injury Benefits . 2011 federal tax forms For information on the items covered in this section, other than Long-term care coverage, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. 2011 federal tax forms Long-term care coverage. 2011 federal tax forms    Contributions by your employer to provide coverage for long-term care services generally are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, contributions made through a flexible spending or similar arrangement (such as a cafeteria plan) must be included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms This amount will be reported as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms   Contributions you make to the plan are discussed in Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. 2011 federal tax forms Archer MSA contributions. 2011 federal tax forms    Contributions by your employer to your Archer MSA generally are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Their total will be reported in box 12 of Form W-2 with code R. 2011 federal tax forms You must report this amount on Form 8853, Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts. 2011 federal tax forms File the form with your return. 2011 federal tax forms Health flexible spending arrangement (health FSA). 2011 federal tax forms   If your employer provides a health FSA that qualifies as an accident or health plan, the amount of your salary reduction, and reimbursements of your medical care expenses, in most cases, are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Note. 2011 federal tax forms Health FSAs are subject to a $2,500 limit on salary reduction contributions for plan years beginning after 2012. 2011 federal tax forms The $2,500 limit is subject to an inflation adjustment for plan years beginning after 2013. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see Notice 2012-40, 2012-26 I. 2011 federal tax forms R. 2011 federal tax forms B. 2011 federal tax forms 1046, available at www. 2011 federal tax forms irs. 2011 federal tax forms gov/irb/2012-26 IRB/ar09. 2011 federal tax forms html. 2011 federal tax forms Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). 2011 federal tax forms   If your employer provides an HRA that qualifies as an accident or health plan, coverage and reimbursements of your medical care expenses generally are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Health savings accounts (HSA). 2011 federal tax forms   If you are an eligible individual, you and any other person, including your employer or a family member, can make contributions to your HSA. 2011 federal tax forms Contributions, other than employer contributions, are deductible on your return whether or not you itemize deductions. 2011 federal tax forms Contributions made by your employer are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Distributions from your HSA that are used to pay qualified medical expenses are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Distributions not used for qualified medical expenses are included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms See Publication 969 for the requirements of an HSA. 2011 federal tax forms   Contributions by a partnership to a bona fide partner's HSA are not contributions by an employer. 2011 federal tax forms The contributions are treated as a distribution of money and are not included in the partner's gross income. 2011 federal tax forms Contributions by a partnership to a partner's HSA for services rendered are treated as guaranteed payments that are includible in the partner's gross income. 2011 federal tax forms In both situations, the partner can deduct the contribution made to the partner's HSA. 2011 federal tax forms   Contributions by an S corporation to a 2% shareholder-employee's HSA for services rendered are treated as guaranteed payments and are includible in the shareholder-employee's gross income. 2011 federal tax forms The shareholder-employee can deduct the contribution made to the shareholder-employee's HSA. 2011 federal tax forms Qualified HSA funding distribution. 2011 federal tax forms   You can make a one-time distribution from your individual retirement account (IRA) to an HSA and you generally will not include any of the distribution in your income. 2011 federal tax forms See Publication 590 for the requirements for these qualified HSA funding distributions. 2011 federal tax forms Failure to maintain eligibility. 2011 federal tax forms   If your HSA received qualified HSA distributions from a health FSA or HRA (discussed earlier) or a qualified HSA funding distribution, you must be an eligible individual for HSA purposes for the period beginning with the month in which the qualified distribution was made and ending on the last day of the 12th month following that month. 2011 federal tax forms If you fail to be an eligible individual during this period, other than because of death or disability, you must include the distribution in your income for the tax year in which you become ineligible. 2011 federal tax forms This income is also subject to an additional 10% tax. 2011 federal tax forms Adoption Assistance You may be able to exclude from your income amounts paid or expenses incurred by your employer for qualified adoption expenses in connection with your adoption of an eligible child. 2011 federal tax forms See the Instructions for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, for more information. 2011 federal tax forms Adoption benefits are reported by your employer in box 12 of Form W-2 with code T. 2011 federal tax forms They also are included as social security and Medicare wages in boxes 3 and 5. 2011 federal tax forms However, they are not included as wages in box 1. 2011 federal tax forms To determine the taxable and nontaxable amounts, you must complete Part III of Form 8839. 2011 federal tax forms File the form with your return. 2011 federal tax forms De Minimis (Minimal) Benefits If your employer provides you with a product or service and the cost of it is so small that it would be unreasonable for the employer to account for it, the value is not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms In most cases, the value of benefits such as discounts at company cafeterias, cab fares home when working overtime, and company picnics are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Holiday gifts. 2011 federal tax forms   If your employer gives you a turkey, ham, or other item of nominal value at Christmas or other holidays, do not include the value of the gift in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, if your employer gives you cash, a gift certificate, or a similar item that you can easily exchange for cash, you include the value of that gift as extra salary or wages regardless of the amount involved. 2011 federal tax forms Educational Assistance You can exclude from your income up to $5,250 of qualified employer-provided educational assistance. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. 2011 federal tax forms Group-Term Life Insurance In most cases, the cost of up to $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage provided to you by your employer (or former employer) is not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, you must include in income the cost of employer-provided insurance that is more than the cost of $50,000 of coverage reduced by any amount you pay toward the purchase of the insurance. 2011 federal tax forms For exceptions, see Entire cost excluded , and Entire cost taxed , later. 2011 federal tax forms If your employer provided more than $50,000 of coverage, the amount included in your income is reported as part of your wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Also, it is shown separately in box 12 with code C. 2011 federal tax forms Group-term life insurance. 2011 federal tax forms   This insurance is term life insurance protection (insurance for a fixed period of time) that: Provides a general death benefit, Is provided to a group of employees, Is provided under a policy carried by the employer, and Provides an amount of insurance to each employee based on a formula that prevents individual selection. 2011 federal tax forms Permanent benefits. 2011 federal tax forms   If your group-term life insurance policy includes permanent benefits, such as a paid-up or cash surrender value, you must include in your income, as wages, the cost of the permanent benefits minus the amount you pay for them. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer should be able to tell you the amount to include in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Accidental death benefits. 2011 federal tax forms   Insurance that provides accidental or other death benefits but does not provide general death benefits (travel insurance, for example) is not group-term life insurance. 2011 federal tax forms Former employer. 2011 federal tax forms   If your former employer provided more than $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage during the year, the amount included in your income is reported as wages in box 1 of Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Also, it is shown separately in box 12 with code C. 2011 federal tax forms Box 12 also will show the amount of uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on the excess coverage, with codes M and N. 2011 federal tax forms You must pay these taxes with your income tax return. 2011 federal tax forms Include them on line 60, Form 1040, and follow the instructions for line 60. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. 2011 federal tax forms Two or more employers. 2011 federal tax forms   Your exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage cannot exceed the cost of $50,000 of coverage, whether the insurance is provided by a single employer or multiple employers. 2011 federal tax forms If two or more employers provide insurance coverage that totals more than $50,000, the amounts reported as wages on your Forms W-2 will not be correct. 2011 federal tax forms You must figure how much to include in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Reduce the amount you figure by any amount reported with code C in box 12 of your Forms W-2, add the result to the wages reported in box 1, and report the total on your return. 2011 federal tax forms Figuring the taxable cost. 2011 federal tax forms   Use the following worksheet to figure the amount to include in your income. 2011 federal tax forms     Worksheet 5-1. 2011 federal tax forms Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance To Include in Income 1. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the total amount of your insurance coverage from your employer(s) 1. 2011 federal tax forms   2. 2011 federal tax forms Limit on exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage 2. 2011 federal tax forms 50,000 3. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. 2011 federal tax forms   4. 2011 federal tax forms Divide line 3 by $1,000. 2011 federal tax forms Figure to the nearest tenth 4. 2011 federal tax forms   5. 2011 federal tax forms Go to Table 5-1. 2011 federal tax forms Using your age on the last day of the tax year, find your age group in the left column, and enter the cost from the column on the right for your age group 5. 2011 federal tax forms   6. 2011 federal tax forms Multiply line 4 by line 5 6. 2011 federal tax forms   7. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the number of full months of coverage at this cost. 2011 federal tax forms 7. 2011 federal tax forms   8. 2011 federal tax forms Multiply line 6 by line 7 8. 2011 federal tax forms   9. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the premiums you paid per month 9. 2011 federal tax forms       10. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the number of months you paid the premiums 10. 2011 federal tax forms       11. 2011 federal tax forms Multiply line 9 by line 10. 2011 federal tax forms 11. 2011 federal tax forms   12. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 11 from line 8. 2011 federal tax forms Include this amount in your income as wages 12. 2011 federal tax forms      Table 5-1. 2011 federal tax forms Cost of $1,000 of Group-Term Life Insurance for One Month Age Cost Under 25 $. 2011 federal tax forms 05 25 through 29 . 2011 federal tax forms 06 30 through 34 . 2011 federal tax forms 08 35 through 39 . 2011 federal tax forms 09 40 through 44 . 2011 federal tax forms 10 45 through 49 . 2011 federal tax forms 15 50 through 54 . 2011 federal tax forms 23 55 through 59 . 2011 federal tax forms 43 60 through 64 . 2011 federal tax forms 66 65 through 69 1. 2011 federal tax forms 27 70 and older 2. 2011 federal tax forms 06 Example. 2011 federal tax forms You are 51 years old and work for employers A and B. 2011 federal tax forms Both employers provide group-term life insurance coverage for you for the entire year. 2011 federal tax forms Your coverage is $35,000 with employer A and $45,000 with employer B. 2011 federal tax forms You pay premiums of $4. 2011 federal tax forms 15 a month under the employer B group plan. 2011 federal tax forms You figure the amount to include in your income as shown in Worksheet 5-1. 2011 federal tax forms Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance to Include in Income—Illustrated, later. 2011 federal tax forms Worksheet 5-1. 2011 federal tax forms Figuring the Cost of Group-Term Life Insurance to Include in Income—Illustrated 1. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the total amount of your insurance coverage from your employer(s) 1. 2011 federal tax forms 80,000 2. 2011 federal tax forms Limit on exclusion for employer-provided group-term life insurance coverage 2. 2011 federal tax forms 50,000 3. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. 2011 federal tax forms 30,000 4. 2011 federal tax forms Divide line 3 by $1,000. 2011 federal tax forms Figure to the nearest tenth 4. 2011 federal tax forms 30. 2011 federal tax forms 0 5. 2011 federal tax forms Go to Table 5-1. 2011 federal tax forms Using your age on the last day of the tax year, find your age group in the left column, and enter the cost from the column on the right for your age group 5. 2011 federal tax forms . 2011 federal tax forms 23 6. 2011 federal tax forms Multiply line 4 by line 5 6. 2011 federal tax forms 6. 2011 federal tax forms 90 7. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the number of full months of coverage at this cost. 2011 federal tax forms 7. 2011 federal tax forms 12 8. 2011 federal tax forms Multiply line 6 by line 7 8. 2011 federal tax forms 82. 2011 federal tax forms 80 9. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the premiums you paid per month 9. 2011 federal tax forms 4. 2011 federal tax forms 15     10. 2011 federal tax forms Enter the number of months you paid the premiums 10. 2011 federal tax forms 12     11. 2011 federal tax forms Multiply line 9 by line 10. 2011 federal tax forms 11. 2011 federal tax forms 49. 2011 federal tax forms 80 12. 2011 federal tax forms Subtract line 11 from line 8. 2011 federal tax forms Include this amount in your income as wages 12. 2011 federal tax forms 33. 2011 federal tax forms 00 Entire cost excluded. 2011 federal tax forms   You are not taxed on the cost of group-term life insurance if any of the following circumstances apply. 2011 federal tax forms You are permanently and totally disabled and have ended your employment. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer is the beneficiary of the policy for the entire period the insurance is in force during the tax year. 2011 federal tax forms A charitable organization (defined in chapter 24) to which contributions are deductible is the only beneficiary of the policy for the entire period the insurance is in force during the tax year. 2011 federal tax forms (You are not entitled to a deduction for a charitable contribution for naming a charitable organization as the beneficiary of your policy. 2011 federal tax forms ) The plan existed on January 1, 1984, and You retired before January 2, 1984, and were covered by the plan when you retired, or You reached age 55 before January 2, 1984, and were employed by the employer or its predecessor in 1983. 2011 federal tax forms Entire cost taxed. 2011 federal tax forms   You are taxed on the entire cost of group-term life insurance if either of the following circumstances apply: The insurance is provided by your employer through a qualified employees' trust, such as a pension trust or a qualified annuity plan. 2011 federal tax forms You are a key employee and your employer's plan discriminates in favor of key employees. 2011 federal tax forms Retirement Planning Services If your employer has a qualified retirement plan, qualified retirement planning services provided to you (and your spouse) by your employer are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Qualified services include retirement planning advice, information about your employer's retirement plan, and information about how the plan may fit into your overall individual retirement income plan. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot exclude the value of any tax preparation, accounting, legal, or brokerage services provided by your employer. 2011 federal tax forms Transportation If your employer provides you with a qualified transportation fringe benefit, it can be excluded from your income, up to certain limits. 2011 federal tax forms A qualified transportation fringe benefit is: Transportation in a commuter highway vehicle (such as a van) between your home and work place, A transit pass, Qualified parking, or Qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement. 2011 federal tax forms Cash reimbursement by your employer for these expenses under a bona fide reimbursement arrangement is also excludable. 2011 federal tax forms However, cash reimbursement for a transit pass is excludable only if a voucher or similar item that can be exchanged only for a transit pass is not readily available for direct distribution to you. 2011 federal tax forms Exclusion limit. 2011 federal tax forms   The exclusion for commuter vehicle transportation and transit pass fringe benefits cannot be more than $245 a month. 2011 federal tax forms   The exclusion for the qualified parking fringe benefit cannot be more than $245 a month. 2011 federal tax forms   The exclusion for qualified bicycle commuting in a calendar year is $20 multiplied by the number of qualified bicycle commuting months that year. 2011 federal tax forms   If the benefits have a value that is more than these limits, the excess must be included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms You are not entitled to these exclusions if the reimbursements are made under a compensation reduction agreement. 2011 federal tax forms Commuter highway vehicle. 2011 federal tax forms   This is a highway vehicle that seats at least six adults (not including the driver). 2011 federal tax forms At least 80% of the vehicle's mileage must reasonably be expected to be: For transporting employees between their homes and work place, and On trips during which employees occupy at least half of the vehicle's adult seating capacity (not including the driver). 2011 federal tax forms Transit pass. 2011 federal tax forms   This is any pass, token, farecard, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride mass transit (whether public or private) free or at a reduced rate or to ride in a commuter highway vehicle operated by a person in the business of transporting persons for compensation. 2011 federal tax forms Qualified parking. 2011 federal tax forms   This is parking provided to an employee at or near the employer's place of business. 2011 federal tax forms It also includes parking provided on or near a location from which the employee commutes to work by mass transit, in a commuter highway vehicle, or by carpool. 2011 federal tax forms It does not include parking at or near the employee's home. 2011 federal tax forms Qualified bicycle commuting. 2011 federal tax forms   This is reimbursement based on the number of qualified bicycle commuting months for the year. 2011 federal tax forms A qualified bicycle commuting month is any month you use the bicycle regularly for a substantial portion of the travel between your home and place of employment and you do not receive any of the other qualified transportation fringe benefits. 2011 federal tax forms The reimbursement can be for expenses you incurred during the year for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage. 2011 federal tax forms Retirement Plan Contributions Your employer's contributions to a qualified retirement plan for you are not included in income at the time contributed. 2011 federal tax forms (Your employer can tell you whether your retirement plan is qualified. 2011 federal tax forms ) However, the cost of life insurance coverage included in the plan may have to be included. 2011 federal tax forms See Group-Term Life Insurance , earlier, under Fringe Benefits. 2011 federal tax forms If your employer pays into a nonqualified plan for you, you generally must include the contributions in your income as wages for the tax year in which the contributions are made. 2011 federal tax forms However, if your interest in the plan is not transferable or is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture (you have a good chance of losing it) at the time of the contribution, you do not have to include the value of your interest in your income until it is transferable or is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. 2011 federal tax forms For information on distributions from retirement plans, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income (or Publication 721, Tax Guide to U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms Civil Service Retirement Benefits, if you are a federal employee or retiree). 2011 federal tax forms Elective deferrals. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are covered by certain kinds of retirement plans, you can choose to have part of your compensation contributed by your employer to a retirement fund, rather than have it paid to you. 2011 federal tax forms The amount you set aside (called an elective deferral) is treated as an employer contribution to a qualified plan. 2011 federal tax forms An elective deferral, other than a designated Roth contribution (discussed later), is not included in wages subject to income tax at the time contributed. 2011 federal tax forms However, it is included in wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes. 2011 federal tax forms   Elective deferrals include elective contributions to the following retirement plans. 2011 federal tax forms Cash or deferred arrangements (section 401(k) plans). 2011 federal tax forms The Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees. 2011 federal tax forms Salary reduction simplified employee pension plans (SARSEP). 2011 federal tax forms Savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLE plans). 2011 federal tax forms Tax-sheltered annuity plans (403(b) plans). 2011 federal tax forms Section 501(c)(18)(D) plans. 2011 federal tax forms Section 457 plans. 2011 federal tax forms Qualified automatic contribution arrangements. 2011 federal tax forms   Under a qualified automatic contribution arrangement, your employer can treat you as having elected to have a part of your compensation contributed to a section 401(k) plan. 2011 federal tax forms You are to receive written notice of your rights and obligations under the qualified automatic contribution arrangement. 2011 federal tax forms The notice must explain: Your rights to elect not to have elective contributions made, or to have contributions made at a different percentage, and How contributions made will be invested in the absence of any investment decision by you. 2011 federal tax forms   You must be given a reasonable period of time after receipt of the notice and before the first elective contribution is made to make an election with respect to the contributions. 2011 federal tax forms Overall limit on deferrals. 2011 federal tax forms   For 2013, in most cases, you should not have deferred more than a total of $17,500 of contributions to the plans listed in (1) through (3) and (5) above. 2011 federal tax forms The limit for SIMPLE plans is $12,000. 2011 federal tax forms The limit for section 501(c)(18)(D) plans is the lesser of $7,000 or 25% of your compensation. 2011 federal tax forms The limit for section 457 plans is the lesser of your includible compensation or $17,500. 2011 federal tax forms Amounts deferred under specific plan limits are part of the overall limit on deferrals. 2011 federal tax forms Designated Roth contributions. 2011 federal tax forms   Employers with section 401(k) and section 403(b) plans can create qualified Roth contribution programs so that you may elect to have part or all of your elective deferrals to the plan designated as after-tax Roth contributions. 2011 federal tax forms Designated Roth contributions are treated as elective deferrals, except that they are included in income. 2011 federal tax forms Excess deferrals. 2011 federal tax forms   Your employer or plan administrator should apply the proper annual limit when figuring your plan contributions. 2011 federal tax forms However, you are responsible for monitoring the total you defer to ensure that the deferrals are not more than the overall limit. 2011 federal tax forms   If you set aside more than the limit, the excess generally must be included in your income for that year, unless you have an excess deferral of a designated Roth contribution. 2011 federal tax forms See Publication 525 for a discussion of the tax treatment of excess deferrals. 2011 federal tax forms Catch-up contributions. 2011 federal tax forms   You may be allowed catch-up contributions (additional elective deferral) if you are age 50 or older by the end of your tax year. 2011 federal tax forms Stock Options If you receive a nonstatutory option to buy or sell stock or other property as payment for your services, you usually will have income when you receive the option, when you exercise the option (use it to buy or sell the stock or other property), or when you sell or otherwise dispose of the option. 2011 federal tax forms However, if your option is a statutory stock option, you will not have any income until you sell or exchange your stock. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer can tell you which kind of option you hold. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see Publication 525. 2011 federal tax forms Restricted Property In most cases, if you receive property for your services, you must include its fair market value in your income in the year you receive the property. 2011 federal tax forms However, if you receive stock or other property that has certain restrictions that affect its value, you do not include the value of the property in your income until it has substantially vested. 2011 federal tax forms (You can choose to include the value of the property in your income in the year it is transferred to you. 2011 federal tax forms ) For more information, see Restricted Property in Publication 525. 2011 federal tax forms Dividends received on restricted stock. 2011 federal tax forms   Dividends you receive on restricted stock are treated as compensation and not as dividend income. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer should include these payments on your Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms Stock you chose to include in income. 2011 federal tax forms   Dividends you receive on restricted stock you chose to include in your income in the year transferred are treated the same as any other dividends. 2011 federal tax forms Report them on your return as dividends. 2011 federal tax forms For a discussion of dividends, see chapter 8. 2011 federal tax forms    For information on how to treat dividends reported on both your Form W-2 and Form 1099-DIV, see Dividends received on restricted stock in Publication 525. 2011 federal tax forms Special Rules for Certain Employees This section deals with special rules for people in certain types of employment: members of the clergy, members of religious orders, people working for foreign employers, military personnel, and volunteers. 2011 federal tax forms Clergy Generally, if you are a member of the clergy, you must include in your income offerings and fees you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. 2011 federal tax forms , in addition to your salary. 2011 federal tax forms If the offering is made to the religious institution, it is not taxable to you. 2011 federal tax forms If you are a member of a religious organization and you give your outside earnings to the religious organization, you still must include the earnings in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, you may be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction for the amount paid to the organization. 2011 federal tax forms See chapter 24. 2011 federal tax forms Pension. 2011 federal tax forms    A pension or retirement pay for a member of the clergy usually is treated as any other pension or annuity. 2011 federal tax forms It must be reported on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. 2011 federal tax forms Housing. 2011 federal tax forms    Special rules for housing apply to members of the clergy. 2011 federal tax forms Under these rules, you do not include in your income the rental value of a home (including utilities) or a designated housing allowance provided to you as part of your pay. 2011 federal tax forms However, the exclusion cannot be more than the reasonable pay for your service. 2011 federal tax forms If you pay for the utilities, you can exclude any allowance designated for utility cost, up to your actual cost. 2011 federal tax forms The home or allowance must be provided as compensation for your services as an ordained, licensed, or commissioned minister. 2011 federal tax forms However, you must include the rental value of the home or the housing allowance as earnings from self-employment on Schedule SE (Form 1040) if you are subject to the self-employment tax. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. 2011 federal tax forms Members of Religious Orders If you are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty, how you treat earnings that you renounce and turn over to the order depends on whether your services are performed for the order. 2011 federal tax forms Services performed for the order. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are performing the services as an agent of the order in the exercise of duties required by the order, do not include in your income the amounts turned over to the order. 2011 federal tax forms   If your order directs you to perform services for another agency of the supervising church or an associated institution, you are considered to be performing the services as an agent of the order. 2011 federal tax forms Any wages you earn as an agent of an order that you turn over to the order are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms You are a member of a church order and have taken a vow of poverty. 2011 federal tax forms You renounce any claims to your earnings and turn over to the order any salaries or wages you earn. 2011 federal tax forms You are a registered nurse, so your order assigns you to work in a hospital that is an associated institution of the church. 2011 federal tax forms However, you remain under the general direction and control of the order. 2011 federal tax forms You are considered to be an agent of the order and any wages you earn at the hospital that you turn over to your order are not included in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Services performed outside the order. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are directed to work outside the order, your services are not an exercise of duties required by the order unless they meet both of the following requirements: They are the kind of services that are ordinarily the duties of members of the order. 2011 federal tax forms They are part of the duties that you must exercise for, or on behalf of, the religious order as its agent. 2011 federal tax forms If you are an employee of a third party, the services you perform for the third party will not be considered directed or required of you by the order. 2011 federal tax forms Amounts you receive for these services are included in your income, even if you have taken a vow of poverty. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms Mark Brown is a member of a religious order and has taken a vow of poverty. 2011 federal tax forms He renounces all claims to his earnings and turns over his earnings to the order. 2011 federal tax forms Mark is a schoolteacher. 2011 federal tax forms He was instructed by the superiors of the order to get a job with a private tax-exempt school. 2011 federal tax forms Mark became an employee of the school, and, at his request, the school made the salary payments directly to the order. 2011 federal tax forms Because Mark is an employee of the school, he is performing services for the school rather than as an agent of the order. 2011 federal tax forms The wages Mark earns working for the school are included in his income. 2011 federal tax forms Foreign Employer Special rules apply if you work for a foreign employer. 2011 federal tax forms U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms citizen. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are a U. 2011 federal tax forms S. 2011 federal tax forms citizen who works in the United States for a foreign government, an international organization, a foreign embassy, or any foreign employer, you must include your salary in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Social security and Medicare taxes. 2011 federal tax forms   You are exempt from social security and Medicare employee taxes if you are employed in the United States by an international organization or a foreign government. 2011 federal tax forms However, you must pay self-employment tax on your earnings from services performed in the United States, even though you are not self-employed. 2011 federal tax forms This rule also applies if you are an employee of a qualifying wholly owned instrumentality of a foreign government. 2011 federal tax forms Employees of international organizations or foreign governments. 2011 federal tax forms   Your compensation for official services to an international organization is exempt from federal income tax if you are not a citizen of the United States or you are a citizen of the Philippines (whether or not you are a citizen of the United States). 2011 federal tax forms   Your compensation for official services to a foreign government is exempt from federal income tax if all of the following are true. 2011 federal tax forms You are not a citizen of the United States or you are a citizen of the Philippines (whether or not you are a citizen of the United States). 2011 federal tax forms Your work is like the work done by employees of the United States in foreign countries. 2011 federal tax forms The foreign government gives an equal exemption to employees of the United States in its country. 2011 federal tax forms Waiver of alien status. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are an alien who works for a foreign government or international organization and you file a waiver under section 247(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to keep your immigrant status, different rules may apply. 2011 federal tax forms See Foreign Employer in Publication 525. 2011 federal tax forms Employment abroad. 2011 federal tax forms   For information on the tax treatment of income earned abroad, see Publication 54. 2011 federal tax forms Military Payments you receive as a member of a military service generally are taxed as wages except for retirement pay, which is taxed as a pension. 2011 federal tax forms Allowances generally are not taxed. 2011 federal tax forms For more information on the tax treatment of military allowances and benefits, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. 2011 federal tax forms Differential wage payments. 2011 federal tax forms   Any payments made to you by an employer during the time you are performing service in the uniformed services are treated as compensation. 2011 federal tax forms These wages are subject to income tax withholding and are reported on a Form W-2. 2011 federal tax forms See the discussion under Miscellaneous Compensation , earlier. 2011 federal tax forms Military retirement pay. 2011 federal tax forms   If your retirement pay is based on age or length of service, it is taxable and must be included in your income as a pension on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. 2011 federal tax forms Do not include in your income the amount of any reduction in retirement or retainer pay to provide a survivor annuity for your spouse or children under the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan or the Survivor Benefit Plan. 2011 federal tax forms   For more detailed discussion of survivor annuities, see chapter 10. 2011 federal tax forms Disability. 2011 federal tax forms   If you are retired on disability, see Military and Government Disability Pensions under Sickness and Injury Benefits, later. 2011 federal tax forms Veterans' benefits. 2011 federal tax forms   Do not include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 2011 federal tax forms The following amounts paid to veterans or their families are not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms Education, training, and subsistence allowances. 2011 federal tax forms Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families. 2011 federal tax forms Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living. 2011 federal tax forms Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs. 2011 federal tax forms Veterans' insurance proceeds and dividends paid either to veterans or their beneficiaries, including the proceeds of a veteran's endowment policy paid before death. 2011 federal tax forms Interest on insurance dividends you leave on deposit with the VA. 2011 federal tax forms Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program. 2011 federal tax forms The death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces who died after September 10, 2001. 2011 federal tax forms Payments made under the compensated work therapy program. 2011 federal tax forms Any bonus payment by a state or political subdivision because of service in a combat zone. 2011 federal tax forms Volunteers The tax treatment of amounts you receive as a volunteer worker for the Peace Corps or similar agency is covered in the following discussions. 2011 federal tax forms Peace Corps. 2011 federal tax forms   Living allowances you receive as a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader for housing, utilities, household supplies, food, and clothing are exempt from tax. 2011 federal tax forms Taxable allowances. 2011 federal tax forms   The following allowances must be included in your income and reported as wages: Allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are a volunteer leader training in the United States. 2011 federal tax forms Living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. 2011 federal tax forms These are allowances for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. 2011 federal tax forms Leave allowances. 2011 federal tax forms Readjustment allowances or termination payments. 2011 federal tax forms These are considered received by you when credited to your account. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms Gary Carpenter, a Peace Corps volunteer, gets $175 a month as a readjustment allowance during his period of service, to be paid to him in a lump sum at the end of his tour of duty. 2011 federal tax forms Although the allowance is not available to him until the end of his service, Gary must include it in his income on a monthly basis as it is credited to his account. 2011 federal tax forms Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). 2011 federal tax forms   If you are a VISTA volunteer, you must include meal and lodging allowances paid to you in your income as wages. 2011 federal tax forms National Senior Services Corps programs. 2011 federal tax forms   Do not include in your income amounts you receive for supportive services or reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses from the following programs. 2011 federal tax forms Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). 2011 federal tax forms Foster Grandparent Program. 2011 federal tax forms Senior Companion Program. 2011 federal tax forms Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). 2011 federal tax forms   If you receive amounts for supportive services or reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses from SCORE, do not include these amounts in income. 2011 federal tax forms Volunteer tax counseling. 2011 federal tax forms   Do not include in your income any reimbursements you receive for transportation, meals, and other expenses you have in training for, or actually providing, volunteer federal income tax counseling for the elderly (TCE). 2011 federal tax forms   You can deduct as a charitable contribution your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in taking part in the volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program. 2011 federal tax forms See chapter 24. 2011 federal tax forms Sickness and Injury Benefits This section discusses sickness and injury benefits including disability pensions, long-term care insurance contracts, workers' compensation, and other benefits. 2011 federal tax forms In most cases, you must report as income any amount you receive for personal injury or sickness through an accident or health plan that is paid for by your employer. 2011 federal tax forms If both you and your employer pay for the plan, only the amount you receive that is due to your employer's payments is reported as income. 2011 federal tax forms However, certain payments may not be taxable to you. 2011 federal tax forms Your employer should be able to give you specific details about your pension plan and tell you the amount you paid for your disability pension. 2011 federal tax forms In addition to disability pensions and annuities, you may be receiving other payments for sickness and injury. 2011 federal tax forms Do not report as income any amounts paid to reimburse you for medical expenses you incurred after the plan was established. 2011 federal tax forms Cost paid by you. 2011 federal tax forms   If you pay the entire cost of a health or accident insurance plan, do not include any amounts you receive from the plan for personal injury or sickness as income on your tax return. 2011 federal tax forms If your plan reimbursed you for medical expenses you deducted in an earlier year, you may have to include some, or all, of the reimbursement in your income. 2011 federal tax forms See Reimbursement in a later year in chapter 21. 2011 federal tax forms Cafeteria plans. 2011 federal tax forms   In most cases, if you are covered by an accident or health insurance plan through a cafeteria plan, and the amount of the insurance premiums was not included in your income, you are not considered to have paid the premiums and you must include any benefits you receive in your income. 2011 federal tax forms If the amount of the premiums was included in your income, you are considered to have paid the premiums, and any benefits you receive are not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms Disability Pensions If you retired on disability, you must include in income any disability pension you receive under a plan that is paid for by your employer. 2011 federal tax forms You must report your taxable disability payments as wages on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, until you reach minimum retirement age. 2011 federal tax forms Minimum retirement age generally is the age at which you can first receive a pension or annuity if you are not disabled. 2011 federal tax forms You may be entitled to a tax credit if you were permanently and totally disabled when you retired. 2011 federal tax forms For information on this credit and the definition of permanent and total disability, see chapter 33. 2011 federal tax forms Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. 2011 federal tax forms Report the payments on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. 2011 federal tax forms The rules for reporting pensions are explained in How To Report in chapter 10. 2011 federal tax forms For information on disability payments from a governmental program provided as a substitute for unemployment compensation, see chapter 12. 2011 federal tax forms Retirement and profit-sharing plans. 2011 federal tax forms   If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that does not provide for disability retirement, do not treat the payments as a disability pension. 2011 federal tax forms The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. 2011 federal tax forms For more information on pensions, see chapter 10. 2011 federal tax forms Accrued leave payment. 2011 federal tax forms   If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. 2011 federal tax forms The payment is not a disability payment. 2011 federal tax forms Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. 2011 federal tax forms Military and Government Disability Pensions Certain military and government disability pensions are not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms Service-connected disability. 2011 federal tax forms   You may be able to exclude from income amounts you receive as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in one of the following government services. 2011 federal tax forms The armed forces of any country. 2011 federal tax forms The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2011 federal tax forms The Public Health Service. 2011 federal tax forms The Foreign Service. 2011 federal tax forms Conditions for exclusion. 2011 federal tax forms   Do not include the disability payments in your income if any of the following conditions apply. 2011 federal tax forms You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975. 2011 federal tax forms You were a member of a listed government service or its reserve component, or were under a binding written commitment to become a member, on September 24, 1975. 2011 federal tax forms You receive the disability payments for a combat-related injury. 2011 federal tax forms This is a personal injury or sickness that Results directly from armed conflict, Takes place while you are engaged in extra-hazardous service, Takes place under conditions simulating war, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or Is caused by an instrumentality of war. 2011 federal tax forms You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it. 2011 federal tax forms Your exclusion under this condition is equal to the amount you would be entitled to receive from the VA. 2011 federal tax forms Pension based on years of service. 2011 federal tax forms   If you receive a disability pension based on years of service, in most cases you must include it in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, if the pension qualifies for the exclusion for a service-connected disability (discussed earlier), do not include in income the part of your pension that you would have received if the pension had been based on a percentage of disability. 2011 federal tax forms You must include the rest of your pension in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Retroactive VA determination. 2011 federal tax forms   If you retire from the armed services based on years of service and are later given a retroactive service-connected disability rating by the VA, your retirement pay for the retroactive period is excluded from income up to the amount of VA disability benefits you would have been entitled to receive. 2011 federal tax forms You can claim a refund of any tax paid on the excludable amount (subject to the statute of limitations) by filing an amended return on Form 1040X for each previous year during the retroactive period. 2011 federal tax forms You must include with each Form 1040X a copy of the official VA Determination letter granting the retroactive benefit. 2011 federal tax forms The letter must show the amount withheld and the effective date of the benefit. 2011 federal tax forms   If you receive a lump-sum disability severance payment and are later awarded VA disability benefits, exclude 100% of the severance benefit from your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, you must include in your income any lump-sum readjustment or other nondisability severance payment you received on release from active duty, even if you are later given a retroactive disability rating by the VA. 2011 federal tax forms Special statute of limitations. 2011 federal tax forms   In most cases, under the statute of limitations a claim for credit or refund must be filed within 3 years from the time a return was filed. 2011 federal tax forms However, if you receive a retroactive service-connected disability rating determination, the statute of limitations is extended by a 1-year period beginning on the date of the determination. 2011 federal tax forms This 1-year extended period applies to claims for credit or refund filed after June 17, 2008, and does not apply to any tax year that began more than 5 years before the date of the determination. 2011 federal tax forms Example. 2011 federal tax forms You retired in 2007 and receive a pension based on your years of service. 2011 federal tax forms On August 1, 2013, you receive a determination of service-connected disability retroactive to 2007. 2011 federal tax forms Generally, you could claim a refund for the taxes paid on your pension for 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2011 federal tax forms However, under the special limitation period, you can also file a claim for 2009 as long as you file the claim by August 1, 2014. 2011 federal tax forms You cannot file a claim for 2007 and 2008 because those tax years began more than 5 years before the determination. 2011 federal tax forms Terrorist attack or military action. 2011 federal tax forms   Do not include in your income disability payments you receive for injuries resulting directly from a terrorist or military action. 2011 federal tax forms Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Long-term care insurance contracts in most cases are treated as accident and health insurance contracts. 2011 federal tax forms Amounts you receive from them (other than policyholder dividends or premium refunds) in most cases are excludable from income as amounts received for personal injury or sickness. 2011 federal tax forms To claim an exclusion for payments made on a per diem or other periodic basis under a long-term care insurance contract, you must file Form 8853 with your return. 2011 federal tax forms A long-term care insurance contract is an insurance contract that only provides coverage for qualified long-term care services. 2011 federal tax forms The contract must: Be guaranteed renewable, Not provide for a cash surrender value or other money that can be paid, assigned, pledged, or borrowed, Provide that refunds, other than refunds on the death of the insured or complete surrender or cancellation of the contract, and dividends under the contract may be used only to reduce future premiums or increase future benefits, and In most cases, not pay or reimburse expenses incurred for services or items that would be reimbursed under Medicare, except where Medicare is a secondary payer or the contract makes per diem or other periodic payments without regard to expenses. 2011 federal tax forms Qualified long-term care services. 2011 federal tax forms   Qualified long-term care services are: Necessary diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, curing, treating, mitigating, and rehabilitative services, and maintenance and personal care services, and Required by a chronically ill individual and provided pursuant to a plan of care as prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner. 2011 federal tax forms Chronically ill individual. 2011 federal tax forms   A chronically ill individual is one who has been certified by a licensed health care practitioner within the previous 12 months as one of the following: An individual who, for at least 90 days, is unable to perform at least two activities of daily living without substantial assistance due to loss of functional capacity. 2011 federal tax forms Activities of daily living are eating, toileting, transferring, bathing, dressing, and continence. 2011 federal tax forms An individual who requires substantial supervision to be protected from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment. 2011 federal tax forms Limit on exclusion. 2011 federal tax forms   You generally can exclude from gross income up to $320 a day for 2013. 2011 federal tax forms See Limit on exclusion, under Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts, under Sickness and Injury Benefits in Publication 525 for more information. 2011 federal tax forms Workers' Compensation Amounts you receive as workers' compensation for an occupational sickness or injury are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation act or a statute in the nature of a workers' compensation act. 2011 federal tax forms The exemption also applies to your survivors. 2011 federal tax forms The exemption, however, does not apply to retirement plan benefits you receive based on your age, length of service, or prior contributions to the plan, even if you retired because of an occupational sickness or injury. 2011 federal tax forms If part of your workers' compensation reduces your social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits received, that part is considered social security (or equivalent railroad retirement) benefits and may be taxable. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. 2011 federal tax forms Return to work. 2011 federal tax forms    If you return to work after qualifying for workers' compensation, salary payments you receive for performing light duties are taxable as wages. 2011 federal tax forms Other Sickness and Injury Benefits In addition to disability pensions and annuities, you may receive other payments for sickness or injury. 2011 federal tax forms Railroad sick pay. 2011 federal tax forms    Payments you receive as sick pay under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act are taxable and you must include them in your income. 2011 federal tax forms However, do not include them in your income if they are for an on-the-job injury. 2011 federal tax forms   If you received income because of a disability, see Disability Pensions , earlier. 2011 federal tax forms Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). 2011 federal tax forms   Payments received under this Act for personal injury or sickness, including payments to beneficiaries in case of death, are not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms However, you are taxed on amounts you receive under this Act as continuation of pay for up to 45 days while a claim is being decided. 2011 federal tax forms Report this income on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A or on line 1 of Form 1040-EZ. 2011 federal tax forms Also, pay for sick leave while a claim is being processed is taxable and must be included in your income as wages. 2011 federal tax forms    If part of the payments you receive under FECA reduces your social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits received, that part is considered social security (or equivalent railroad retirement) benefits and may be taxable. 2011 federal tax forms For a discussion of the taxability of these benefits, see Social security and equivalent railroad retirement benefits under Other Income, in Publication 525. 2011 federal tax forms    You can deduct the amount you spend to buy back sick leave for an earlier year to be eligible for nontaxable FECA benefits for that period. 2011 federal tax forms It is a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2%-of-AGI limit on Schedule A (Form 1040). 2011 federal tax forms If you buy back sick leave in the same year you used it, the amount reduces your taxable sick leave pay. 2011 federal tax forms Do not deduct it separately. 2011 federal tax forms Other compensation. 2011 federal tax forms   Many other amounts you receive as compensation for sickness or injury are not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms These include the following amounts. 2011 federal tax forms Compensatory damages you receive for physical injury or physical sickness, whether paid in a lump sum or in periodic payments. 2011 federal tax forms Benefits you receive under an accident or health insurance policy on which either you paid the premiums or your employer paid the premiums but you had to include them in your income. 2011 federal tax forms Disability benefits you receive for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injuries under a no-fault car insurance policy. 2011 federal tax forms Compensation you receive for permanent loss or loss of use of a part or function of your body, or for your permanent disfigurement. 2011 federal tax forms This compensation must be based only on the injury and not on the period of your absence from work. 2011 federal tax forms These benefits are not taxable even if your employer pays for the accident and health plan that provides these benefits. 2011 federal tax forms Reimbursement for medical care. 2011 federal tax forms    A reimbursement for medical care is generally not taxable. 2011 federal tax forms However, it may reduce your medical expense deduction. 2011 federal tax forms For more information, see chapter 21. 2011 federal tax forms Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications