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2011 taxes 2013 Publication 721 - Main Content Table of Contents Part I General InformationRefund of Contributions Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Filing Requirements Part II Rules for RetireesAnnuity starting date. 2011 taxes 2013 Gross monthly rate. 2011 taxes 2013 Your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Choosing a survivor annuity after retirement. 2011 taxes 2013 Canceling a survivor annuity after retirement. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity starting date after 1986. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity starting date before 1987. 2011 taxes 2013 Simplified Method General Rule Three-Year Rule Alternative Annuity Option Federal Gift Tax Retirement During the Past Year Reemployment After Retirement Nonresident Aliens Thrift Savings Plan Rollover Rules Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers How To Report Benefits Part III Rules for Disability Retirement and Credit for the Elderly or the DisabledDisability Annuity Other Benefits Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Part IV Rules for Survivors of Federal EmployeesFERS Death Benefit CSRS or FERS Survivor Annuity Lump-Sum CSRS or FERS Payment Thrift Savings Plan Federal Estate Tax Part V Rules for Survivors of Federal RetireesCSRS or FERS Survivor Annuity Lump-Sum CSRS or FERS Payment Voluntary Contributions Thrift Savings Plan Federal Estate Tax Income Tax Deduction for Estate Tax Paid How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Part I General Information This part of the publication contains information that can apply to most recipients of civil service retirement benefits. 2011 taxes 2013 Refund of Contributions If you leave federal government service or transfer to a job not under the CSRS or FERS and you are not eligible for an immediate annuity, you can choose to receive a refund of the money in your CSRS or FERS retirement account. 2011 taxes 2013 The refund will include both regular and voluntary contributions you made to the fund, plus any interest payable. 2011 taxes 2013 If the refund includes only your contributions, none of the refund is taxable. 2011 taxes 2013 If it includes any interest, the interest is taxable unless you roll it over directly into another qualified plan or a traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA). 2011 taxes 2013 If you do not have the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) transfer the interest to an IRA or other plan in a direct rollover, tax will be withheld at a 20% rate. 2011 taxes 2013 See Rollover Rules in Part II for information on how to make a rollover. 2011 taxes 2013 Interest is not paid on contributions to the CSRS for service after 1956 unless your service was for more than 1 year but not more than 5 years. 2011 taxes 2013 Therefore, many employees who withdraw their contributions under the CSRS do not get interest and do not owe any tax on their refund. 2011 taxes 2013 If you do not roll over interest included in your refund, it may qualify as a lump-sum distribution eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option. 2011 taxes 2013 If you separate from service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55, it may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions. 2011 taxes 2013 For more information, see Lump-Sum Distributions and Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. 2011 taxes 2013 A lump-sum distribution is eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option only if the plan participant was born before January 2, 1936. 2011 taxes 2013 Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax The CSRS or FERS annuity you receive is subject to federal income tax withholding, unless you choose not to have tax withheld. 2011 taxes 2013 OPM will tell you how to make the choice. 2011 taxes 2013 The choice for no withholding remains in effect until you change it. 2011 taxes 2013 These withholding rules also apply to a disability annuity, whether received before or after minimum retirement age. 2011 taxes 2013 If you choose not to have tax withheld, or if you do not have enough tax withheld, you may have to make estimated tax payments. 2011 taxes 2013 You may owe a penalty if the total of your withheld tax and estimated tax does not cover most of the tax shown on your return. 2011 taxes 2013 Generally, you will owe the penalty for 2014 if the additional tax you must pay with your return is $1,000 or more and more than 10% of the tax to be shown on your 2014 return. 2011 taxes 2013 For more information, including exceptions to the penalty, see chapter 4 of Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. 2011 taxes 2013 Form CSA 1099R. 2011 taxes 2013   Form CSA 1099R is mailed to you by OPM each year. 2011 taxes 2013 It will show any tax you had withheld. 2011 taxes 2013 File a copy of Form CSA 1099R with your tax return if any federal income tax was withheld. 2011 taxes 2013    You also can view and download your Form CSA 1099R by visiting the OPM website at  www. 2011 taxes 2013 servicesonline. 2011 taxes 2013 opm. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 To log in, you will need your retirement CSA claim number and your personal identification number. 2011 taxes 2013 Choosing no withholding on payments outside the United States. 2011 taxes 2013   The choice for no withholding generally cannot be made for annuity payments to be delivered outside the United States and its possessions. 2011 taxes 2013   To choose no withholding if you are a U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 citizen or resident alien, you must provide OPM with your home address in the United States or its possessions. 2011 taxes 2013 Otherwise, OPM has to withhold tax. 2011 taxes 2013 For example, OPM must withhold if you provide a U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 address for a nominee, trustee, or agent (such as a bank) to whom the benefits are to be delivered, but you do not provide your own U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 home address. 2011 taxes 2013   If you do not provide a home address in the United States or its possessions, you can choose not to have tax withheld only if you certify to OPM that you are not a U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 citizen, a U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 resident alien, or someone who left the United States to avoid tax. 2011 taxes 2013 But if you so certify, you may be subject to the 30% flat rate withholding that applies to nonresident aliens. 2011 taxes 2013 For details, see Publication 519, U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Tax Guide for Aliens. 2011 taxes 2013 Withholding certificate. 2011 taxes 2013   If you give OPM a Form W-4P-A, Election of Federal Income Tax Withholding, you can choose not to have tax withheld or you can choose to have tax withheld. 2011 taxes 2013 The amount of tax withheld depends on your marital status, the number of withholding allowances, and any additional amount you designate to be withheld. 2011 taxes 2013 If you do not make either of these choices, OPM must withhold as if you were married with three withholding allowances. 2011 taxes 2013 To change the amount of tax withholding or to stop withholding, call OPM's Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (customers within the local Washington, D. 2011 taxes 2013 C. 2011 taxes 2013 calling area must call 202-606-0500). 2011 taxes 2013 No special form is needed. 2011 taxes 2013 You will need your retirement CSA or CSF claim number, your social security number, and your personal identification number (PIN) when you call. 2011 taxes 2013 If you have TTY/TDD equipment, call 1-855–887–4957. 2011 taxes 2013 If you need a PIN, call OPM's Retirement Information Office. 2011 taxes 2013 You also can change the amount of withholding or stop withholding online by visiting the OPM website at www. 2011 taxes 2013 servicesonline. 2011 taxes 2013 opm. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 You will need your retirement CSA or CSF claim number and your PIN. 2011 taxes 2013 Withholding from certain lump-sum payments. 2011 taxes 2013   If you leave the federal government before becoming eligible to retire and you apply for a refund of your CSRS or FERS contributions, or you die without leaving a survivor eligible for an annuity, you or your beneficiary will receive a distribution of your contributions to the retirement plan plus any interest payable. 2011 taxes 2013 Tax will be withheld at a 20% rate on the interest distributed. 2011 taxes 2013 However, tax will not be withheld if you have OPM transfer (roll over) the interest directly to your traditional IRA or other qualified plan. 2011 taxes 2013 If you have OPM transfer (roll over) the interest directly to a Roth IRA, the entire amount will be taxed in the current year. 2011 taxes 2013 Because no income tax will be withheld at the time of the transfer, you may want to increase your withholding or pay estimated taxes. 2011 taxes 2013 See Rollover Rules in Part II. 2011 taxes 2013 If you receive only your contributions, no tax will be withheld. 2011 taxes 2013 Withholding from Thrift Savings Plan payments. 2011 taxes 2013   Generally, a distribution that you receive from the TSP is subject to federal income tax withholding. 2011 taxes 2013 The amount withheld is: 20% if the distribution is an eligible rollover distribution, 10% if it is a nonperiodic distribution other than an eligible rollover distribution, or An amount determined as if you were married with three withholding allowances, unless you submit a withholding certificate (Form W-4P), if it is a periodic distribution. 2011 taxes 2013  However, you usually can choose not to have tax withheld from TSP payments other than eligible rollover distributions. 2011 taxes 2013 By January 31 after the end of the year in which you receive a distribution, the TSP will issue Form 1099-R showing the total distributions you received in the prior year and the amount of tax withheld. 2011 taxes 2013   For a detailed discussion of withholding on distributions from the TSP, see Important Tax Information About Payments From Your TSP Account, available from your agency personnel office or from the TSP. 2011 taxes 2013 The above document is also available in the “Forms & Publications” section of the TSP website at www. 2011 taxes 2013 tsp. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 Estimated tax. 2011 taxes 2013   Generally, you must make estimated tax payments for 2014 if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for 2014 (after subtracting your withholding and credits) and you expect your withholding and your credits to be less than the smaller of: 90% of the tax to be shown on your income tax return for 2014, or 100% of the tax shown on your 2013 income tax return (110% of that amount if the adjusted gross income shown on the return was more than $150,000 ($75,000 if your filing status for 2014 will be married filing separately)). 2011 taxes 2013 The return must cover all 12 months. 2011 taxes 2013   You do not have to pay estimated tax for 2014 if you were a U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 citizen or resident alien for all of 2013 and you had no tax liability for the full 12-month 2013 tax year. 2011 taxes 2013   Publication 505 contains information that you can use to help you figure your estimated tax payments. 2011 taxes 2013 Filing Requirements If your gross income, including the taxable part of your annuity, is less than a certain amount, you generally do not have to file a federal income tax return for that year. 2011 taxes 2013 The gross income filing requirements for the tax year are in the instructions to Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. 2011 taxes 2013 Children. 2011 taxes 2013   If you are the surviving spouse of a federal employee or retiree and your monthly annuity check includes a survivor annuity for one or more children, each child's annuity counts as his or her own income (not yours) for federal income tax purposes. 2011 taxes 2013   If your child can be claimed as a dependent, treat the taxable part of his or her annuity as unearned income when applying the filing requirements for dependents. 2011 taxes 2013 Form CSF 1099R. 2011 taxes 2013   Form CSF 1099R will be mailed to you by January 31 after the end of each tax year. 2011 taxes 2013 It will show the total amount of the annuity you received in the past year. 2011 taxes 2013 It also should show, separately, the survivor annuity for a child or children. 2011 taxes 2013 Only the part that is each individual's survivor annuity should be shown on that individual's Form 1040 or 1040A. 2011 taxes 2013   If your Form CSF 1099R does not show separately the amount paid to you for a child or children, attach a statement to your return, along with a copy of Form CSF 1099R, explaining why the amount shown on the tax return differs from the amount shown on Form CSF 1099R. 2011 taxes 2013    You also can view and download your Form CSF 1099R by visiting the OPM website at  www. 2011 taxes 2013 servicesonline. 2011 taxes 2013 opm. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 To log in you will need your retirement CSF claim number and personal identification number. 2011 taxes 2013    You may request a Summary of Payments, showing the amounts paid to you for your child(ren), from OPM by calling OPM's Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (customers within the local Washington, D. 2011 taxes 2013 C. 2011 taxes 2013 calling area must call 202-606-0500). 2011 taxes 2013 You will need your CSF claim number and your social security number when you call. 2011 taxes 2013 Taxable part of annuity. 2011 taxes 2013   To find the taxable part of a retiree's annuity when applying the filing requirements, see the discussion in Part II, Rules for Retirees , or Part III, Rules for Disability Retirement and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , whichever applies. 2011 taxes 2013 To find the taxable part of each survivor annuity when applying the filing requirements, see the discussion in Part IV, Rules for Survivors of Federal Employees , or Part V, Rules for Survivors of Federal Retirees , whichever applies. 2011 taxes 2013 Part II Rules for Retirees This part of the publication is for retirees who retired on nondisability retirement. 2011 taxes 2013 If you retired on disability before you reached your minimum retirement age, see Part III, Rules for Disability Retirement and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. 2011 taxes 2013 However, on the day after you reach your minimum retirement age, use the rules in this section to report your disability retirement and begin recovering your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity statement. 2011 taxes 2013   The statement you received from OPM when your CSRS or FERS annuity was approved shows the commencing date (the annuity starting date), the gross monthly rate of your annuity benefit, and your total contributions to the retirement plan (your cost). 2011 taxes 2013 You will use this information to figure the tax-free recovery of your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity starting date. 2011 taxes 2013   If you retire from federal government service on a regular annuity, your annuity starting date is the commencing date on your annuity statement from OPM. 2011 taxes 2013 If something delays payment of your annuity, such as a late application for retirement, it does not affect the date your annuity begins to accrue or your annuity starting date. 2011 taxes 2013 Gross monthly rate. 2011 taxes 2013   This is the amount you were to get after any adjustment for electing a survivor's annuity or for electing the lump-sum payment under the alternative annuity option (if either applied) but before any deduction for income tax withholding, insurance premiums, etc. 2011 taxes 2013 Your cost. 2011 taxes 2013   Your monthly annuity payment contains an amount on which you have previously paid income tax. 2011 taxes 2013 This amount represents part of your contributions to the retirement plan. 2011 taxes 2013 Even though you did not receive the money that was contributed to the plan, it was included in your gross income for federal income tax purposes in the years it was taken out of your pay. 2011 taxes 2013   The cost of your annuity is the total of your contributions to the retirement plan, as shown on your annuity statement from OPM. 2011 taxes 2013 If you elected the alternative annuity option, it includes any deemed deposits and any deemed redeposits that were added to your lump-sum credit. 2011 taxes 2013 (See Lump-sum credit under Alternative Annuity Option, later. 2011 taxes 2013 )   If you repaid contributions that you had withdrawn from the retirement plan earlier, or if you paid into the plan to receive full credit for service not subject to retirement deductions, the entire repayment, including any interest, is a part of your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 You cannot claim an interest deduction for any interest payments. 2011 taxes 2013 You cannot treat these payments as voluntary contributions; they are considered regular employee contributions. 2011 taxes 2013 Recovering your cost tax free. 2011 taxes 2013   How you figure the tax-free recovery of the cost of your CSRS or FERS annuity depends on your annuity starting date. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, either the Three-Year Rule or the General Rule (both discussed later) applies to your annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, and before November 19, 1996, you could have chosen to use either the General Rule or the Simplified Method (discussed later). 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, you must use the Simplified Method. 2011 taxes 2013   Under both the General Rule and the Simplified Method, each of your monthly annuity payments is made up of two parts: the tax-free part that is a return of your cost, and the taxable part that is the amount of each payment that is more than the part that represents your cost (unless such payment is used for purposes discussed under Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers , later). 2011 taxes 2013 The tax-free part is a fixed dollar amount. 2011 taxes 2013 It remains the same, even if your annuity is increased. 2011 taxes 2013 Generally, this rule applies as long as you receive your annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 However, see Exclusion limit , later. 2011 taxes 2013 Choosing a survivor annuity after retirement. 2011 taxes 2013    If you retired without a survivor annuity and report your annuity under the Simplified Method, do not change your tax-free monthly amount even if you later choose a survivor annuity. 2011 taxes 2013   If you retired without a survivor annuity and report your annuity under the General Rule, you must figure the tax-free part of your annuity using a new exclusion percentage if you later choose a survivor annuity and take reduced annuity payments. 2011 taxes 2013 To figure the new exclusion percentage, reduce your cost by the amount you previously recovered tax free. 2011 taxes 2013 Figure the expected return as of the date the reduced annuity begins. 2011 taxes 2013 For details on the General Rule, see Publication 939. 2011 taxes 2013 Canceling a survivor annuity after retirement. 2011 taxes 2013   If you retired with a survivor annuity payable to your spouse upon your death and you notify OPM that your marriage has ended, your annuity might be increased to remove the reduction for a survivor benefit. 2011 taxes 2013 The increased annuity does not change the cost recovery you figured at the annuity starting date. 2011 taxes 2013 The tax-free part of each annuity payment remains the same. 2011 taxes 2013    For more information about choosing or canceling a survivor annuity after retirement, contact OPM's Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (customers within the local Washington, D. 2011 taxes 2013 C. 2011 taxes 2013 calling area must call 202-606-0500). 2011 taxes 2013 Exclusion limit. 2011 taxes 2013   Your annuity starting date determines the total amount of annuity payments that you can exclude from income over the years. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity starting date after 1986. 2011 taxes 2013   If your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that you (or the survivor annuitant) can exclude over the years as a return of your cost cannot exceed your total cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity payments you or your survivors receive after the total cost in the plan has been recovered are generally fully taxable. 2011 taxes 2013 Example. 2011 taxes 2013 Your annuity starting date is after 1986 and you exclude $100 a month under the Simplified Method. 2011 taxes 2013 If your cost is $12,000, the exclusion ends after 10 years (120 months). 2011 taxes 2013 Thereafter, your entire annuity is generally fully taxable. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity starting date before 1987. 2011 taxes 2013   If your annuity starting date is before 1987, you can continue to take your monthly exclusion figured under the General Rule or Simplified Method for as long as you receive your annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 If you chose a joint and survivor annuity, your survivor can continue to take that same exclusion. 2011 taxes 2013 The total exclusion may be more than your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Deduction of unrecovered cost. 2011 taxes 2013   If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, and the cost of your annuity has not been fully recovered at your (or the survivor annuitant's) death, a deduction is allowed for the unrecovered cost. 2011 taxes 2013 The deduction is claimed on your (or your survivor's) final tax return as a miscellaneous itemized deduction (not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit). 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, no tax benefit is allowed for any unrecovered cost at death. 2011 taxes 2013 Simplified Method If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, you must use the Simplified Method to figure the tax-free part of your CSRS or FERS annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 (OPM has figured the taxable amount of your annuity shown on your Form CSA 1099R using the Simplified Method. 2011 taxes 2013 ) You could have chosen to use either the Simplified Method or the General Rule if your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, but before November 19, 1996. 2011 taxes 2013 The Simplified Method does not apply if your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986. 2011 taxes 2013 Under the Simplified Method, you figure the tax-free part of each full monthly payment by dividing your cost by a number of months based on your age. 2011 taxes 2013 This number will differ depending on whether your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, or after November 18, 1996. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is after 1997 and your annuity includes a survivor benefit for your spouse, this number is based on your combined ages. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet A. 2011 taxes 2013   Use Worksheet A. 2011 taxes 2013 Simplified Method (near the end of this publication), to figure your taxable annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 Be sure to keep the completed worksheet. 2011 taxes 2013 It will help you figure your taxable amounts for later years. 2011 taxes 2013 Instead of Worksheet A, you generally can use the Simplified Method Worksheet in the instructions for Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR to figure your taxable annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 However, you must use Worksheet A and Worksheet B in this publication if you chose the alternative annuity option, discussed later. 2011 taxes 2013 Line 2. 2011 taxes 2013   See Your cost , earlier, for an explanation of your cost in the plan. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, and you chose the alternative annuity option (explained later), you must reduce your cost by the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment you received. 2011 taxes 2013 Line 3. 2011 taxes 2013   The number you enter on line 3 is the appropriate number from Table 1 or 2 representing approximate life expectancies in months. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is after 1997, use: Table 1 for an annuity without a survivor benefit, or Table 2 for an annuity with a survivor benefit. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is before 1998, use Table 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Line 6. 2011 taxes 2013   If you received contributions tax free before 2013, the amount previously recovered tax free that you must enter on line 6 is the total amount from line 10 of last year's worksheet. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, and you chose the alternative annuity option, this amount includes the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment you received. 2011 taxes 2013 Example. 2011 taxes 2013 Bill Smith retired from the Federal Government on March 31, 2013, under an annuity that will provide a survivor benefit for his wife, Kathy. 2011 taxes 2013 His annuity starting date is April 1, 2013, the annuity is paid in arrears, and he received his first monthly annuity payment on May 1, 2013. 2011 taxes 2013 He must use the Simplified Method to figure the tax-free part of his annuity benefits. 2011 taxes 2013 Bill's monthly annuity benefit is $1,000. 2011 taxes 2013 He had contributed $31,000 to his retirement plan and had received no distributions before his annuity starting date. 2011 taxes 2013 At his annuity starting date, he was 65 and Kathy was 57. 2011 taxes 2013 Bill's completed Worksheet A is shown later. 2011 taxes 2013 To complete line 3, he used Table 2 at the bottom of the worksheet and found that 310 is the number in the second column opposite the age range that includes 122 (his and Kathy's combined ages). 2011 taxes 2013 Bill keeps a copy of the completed worksheet for his records. 2011 taxes 2013 It will help him (and Kathy, if she survives him) figure the taxable amount of the annuity in later years. 2011 taxes 2013 Bill's tax-free monthly amount is $100. 2011 taxes 2013 (See line 4 of the worksheet. 2011 taxes 2013 ) If he lives to collect more than 310 monthly payments, he will generally have to include in his gross income the full amount of any annuity payments received after 310 payments have been made. 2011 taxes 2013 If Bill does not live to collect 310 monthly payments and his wife begins to receive monthly payments, she also will exclude $100 from each monthly payment until 310 payments (Bill's and hers) have been collected. 2011 taxes 2013 If she dies before 310 payments have been made, a miscellaneous itemized deduction (not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit) will be allowed for the unrecovered cost on her final income tax return. 2011 taxes 2013 General Rule If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, you cannot use the General Rule to figure the tax-free part of your CSRS or FERS annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, but before November 19, 1996, you could have chosen to use either the General Rule or the Simplified Method. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, you could have chosen to use the General Rule only if you could not use the Three-Year Rule. 2011 taxes 2013 Under the General Rule, you figure the tax-free part of each full monthly payment by multiplying the initial gross monthly rate of your annuity by an exclusion percentage. 2011 taxes 2013 Figuring this percentage is complex and requires the use of actuarial tables. 2011 taxes 2013 For these tables and other information about using the General Rule, see Publication 939. 2011 taxes 2013 Three-Year Rule If your annuity starting date was before July 2, 1986, you probably had to report your annuity using the Three-Year Rule. 2011 taxes 2013 Under this rule, you excluded all the annuity payments from income until you fully recovered your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 After your cost was recovered, all payments became fully taxable. 2011 taxes 2013 You cannot use another rule to again exclude amounts from income. 2011 taxes 2013 The Three-Year Rule was repealed for retirees whose annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet A. 2011 taxes 2013 Simplified Method for Bill Smith See the instructions in Part II of this publication under Simplified Method. 2011 taxes 2013 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total pension or annuity payments received this year. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a 1. 2011 taxes 2013 $ 8,000 2. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter your cost in the plan at the annuity starting date, plus any death benefit exclusion*. 2011 taxes 2013 See Your cost in Part II, Rules for Retirees, earlier 2. 2011 taxes 2013 31,000 Note: If your annuity starting date was before this year and you completed this worksheet last year, skip line 3 and enter the amount from line 4 of last year's worksheet on line 4 below (even if the amount of your pension or annuity has changed). 2011 taxes 2013 Otherwise, go to line 3. 2011 taxes 2013   3. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the appropriate number from Table 1 below. 2011 taxes 2013 But if your annuity starting date was after 1997 and the payments are for your life and that of your beneficiary, enter the appropriate number from Table 2 below. 2011 taxes 2013 3. 2011 taxes 2013 310 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Divide line 2 by the number on line 3 4. 2011 taxes 2013 100 5. 2011 taxes 2013 Multiply line 4 by the number of months for which this year's payments were made. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date was before 1987, enter this amount on line 8 below and skip lines 6, 7, 10, and 11. 2011 taxes 2013 Otherwise, go to line 6 5. 2011 taxes 2013 800 6. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter any amounts previously recovered tax free in years after 1986. 2011 taxes 2013 This is the amount shown on line 10 of your worksheet for last year 6. 2011 taxes 2013 0 7. 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 6 from line 2 7. 2011 taxes 2013 31,000 8. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 7 8. 2011 taxes 2013 800 9. 2011 taxes 2013 Taxable amount for year. 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 8 from line 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the result, but not less than zero. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16b, or Form 1040A, line 12b. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are a nonresident alien, also enter this amount on line 1 of Worksheet C. 2011 taxes 2013 If your Form CSA 1099R or Form CSF 1099R shows a larger amount, use the amount figured on this line instead. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are a retired public safety officer, see Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers in Part II before entering an amount on your tax return or Worksheet C, line 1 9. 2011 taxes 2013 $7,200 10. 2011 taxes 2013 Was your annuity starting date before 1987?   Yes. 2011 taxes 2013 Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. 2011 taxes 2013    No. 2011 taxes 2013 Add lines 6 and 8. 2011 taxes 2013 This is the amount you have recovered tax free through 2013. 2011 taxes 2013 You will need this number if you need to fill out this worksheet next year 10. 2011 taxes 2013 800 11. 2011 taxes 2013 Balance of cost to be recovered. 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 10 from line 2. 2011 taxes 2013 If zero, you will not have to complete this worksheet next year. 2011 taxes 2013 The payments you receive next year will generally be fully taxable 11. 2011 taxes 2013 $30,200 Table 1 for Line 3 Above    IF your age on your  annuity starting date was   AND your annuity starting date was—     before November 19, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3 after November 18, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3   55 or under 300 360   56–60 260 310   61–65 240 260   66–70 170 210   71 or over 120 160  Table 2 for Line 3 Above    IF the annuitants' combined ages on your annuity starting date were   THEN enter on line 3         110 or under   410         111–120   360         121–130   310         131–140   260         141 or over   210       * A death benefit exclusion of up to $5,000 applied to certain benefits received by survivors of employees who died before August 21, 1996. 2011 taxes 2013 Alternative Annuity Option If you are eligible, you may choose an alternative form of annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 If you make this choice, you will receive a lump-sum payment equal to your contributions to the plan and a reduced monthly annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 You are eligible to make this choice if you meet all of the following requirements. 2011 taxes 2013 You are retiring, but not on disability. 2011 taxes 2013 You have a life-threatening illness or other critical medical condition. 2011 taxes 2013 You do not have a former spouse entitled to court ordered benefits based on your service. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are not eligible or do not choose this alternative annuity, you can skip the following discussion and go to Federal Gift Tax , later. 2011 taxes 2013 Lump-Sum Payment The lump-sum payment you receive under the alternative annuity option generally has a tax-free part and a taxable part. 2011 taxes 2013 The tax-free part represents part of your cost. 2011 taxes 2013 The taxable part represents part of the earnings on your annuity contract. 2011 taxes 2013 Your lump-sum credit (discussed later) may include a deemed deposit or redeposit that is treated as being included in your lump-sum payment even though you do not actually receive such amounts. 2011 taxes 2013 Deemed deposits and redeposits, which are described later under Lump-sum credit , are taxable to you in the year of retirement. 2011 taxes 2013 Your taxable amount may therefore be more than the lump-sum payment you receive. 2011 taxes 2013 You must include the taxable part of the lump-sum payment in your income for the year you receive the payment unless you roll it over into another qualified plan or an IRA. 2011 taxes 2013 If you do not have OPM transfer the taxable amount to an IRA or other plan in a direct rollover, tax will be withheld at a 20% rate. 2011 taxes 2013 See Rollover Rules , later, for information on how to make a rollover. 2011 taxes 2013 OPM can make a direct rollover only up to the amount of the lump-sum payment. 2011 taxes 2013 Therefore, to defer tax on the full taxable amount if it is more than the payment, you must add funds from another source. 2011 taxes 2013 The taxable part of the lump-sum payment does not qualify as a lump-sum distribution eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option. 2011 taxes 2013 It also may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions if you separate from service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55, even if you reach age 55 in the year you receive the lump-sum payment. 2011 taxes 2013 For more information, see Lump-Sum Distributions and Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet B. 2011 taxes 2013   Use Worksheet B. 2011 taxes 2013 Lump-Sum Payment (near the end of this publication), to figure the taxable part of your lump-sum payment. 2011 taxes 2013 Be sure to keep the completed worksheet for your records. 2011 taxes 2013   To complete the worksheet, you will need to know the amount of your lump-sum credit and the present value of your annuity contract. 2011 taxes 2013 Lump-sum credit. 2011 taxes 2013   Generally, this is the same amount as the lump-sum payment you receive (the total of your contributions to the retirement system). 2011 taxes 2013 However, for purposes of the alternative annuity option, your lump-sum credit also may include deemed deposits and redeposits that OPM advanced to your retirement account so that you are given credit for the service they represent. 2011 taxes 2013 Deemed deposits (including interest) are for federal employment during which no retirement contributions were taken out of your pay. 2011 taxes 2013 Deemed redeposits (including interest) are for any refunds of retirement contributions that you received and did not repay. 2011 taxes 2013 You are treated as if you had received a lump-sum payment equal to the amount of your lump-sum credit and then had made a repayment to OPM of the advanced amounts. 2011 taxes 2013 Present value of your annuity contract. 2011 taxes 2013   The present value of your annuity contract is figured using actuarial tables provided by the IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are receiving a lump-sum payment under the Alternative Annuity Option, you can write to the address below to find out the present value of your annuity contract. 2011 taxes 2013 Internal Revenue Service Attn: Actuarial Group 2 TE/GE SE:T:EP:RA:T:A2 NCA-629 1111 Constitution Ave. 2011 taxes 2013 , NW Washington, DC 20224-0002 Example. 2011 taxes 2013 David Brown retired from the federal government in 2013, one month after his 55th birthday. 2011 taxes 2013 He had contributed $31,000 to his retirement plan and chose to receive a lump-sum payment of that amount under the alternative annuity option. 2011 taxes 2013 The present value of his annuity contract was $155,000. 2011 taxes 2013 The tax-free part and the taxable part of the lump-sum payment are figured using Worksheet B, as shown below. 2011 taxes 2013 The taxable part ($24,800) is also his net cost in the plan, which is used to figure the taxable part of his reduced annuity payments. 2011 taxes 2013 See Reduced Annuity , later. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet B. 2011 taxes 2013 Lump-Sum Payment for David Brown See the instructions in Part II of this publication under Alternative Annuity Option . 2011 taxes 2013  1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter your lump-sum credit (your cost in the plan at the annuity starting date) 1. 2011 taxes 2013 $ 31,000 2. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the present value of your annuity contract 2. 2011 taxes 2013 155,000 3. 2011 taxes 2013 Divide line 1 by line 2 3. 2011 taxes 2013 . 2011 taxes 2013 20 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Tax-free amount. 2011 taxes 2013 Multiply line 1 by line 3. 2011 taxes 2013 (Caution: Do not include this amount on line 6 of Worksheet A in this publication. 2011 taxes 2013 ) 4. 2011 taxes 2013 $6,200 5. 2011 taxes 2013 Taxable amount (net cost in the plan). 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 4 from line 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Include this amount in the total on Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, enter this amount on line 2 of Worksheet A in this publication. 2011 taxes 2013 5. 2011 taxes 2013 $24,800   Lump-sum payment in installments. 2011 taxes 2013   If you choose the alternative annuity option, you usually will receive the lump-sum payment in two equal installments. 2011 taxes 2013 You will receive the first installment after you make the choice upon retirement. 2011 taxes 2013 The second installment will be paid to you, with interest, in the next calendar year. 2011 taxes 2013 (Exceptions to the installment rule are provided for cases of critical medical need. 2011 taxes 2013 )   Even though the lump-sum payment is made in installments, the overall tax treatment (explained at the beginning of this discussion) is the same as if the whole payment were paid at once. 2011 taxes 2013 If the payment has a tax-free part, you must treat the taxable part as received first. 2011 taxes 2013 How to report. 2011 taxes 2013   Add any actual or deemed payment of your lump-sum credit (defined earlier) to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a. 2011 taxes 2013 Add the taxable part to the total for Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b, unless you roll over the taxable part to your traditional IRA or a qualified retirement plan. 2011 taxes 2013    If you receive the lump-sum payment in two installments, include any interest paid with the second installment on line 8a of either Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or on line 9a of Form 1040NR. 2011 taxes 2013 Reduced Annuity If you have chosen to receive a lump-sum payment under the alternative annuity option, you also will receive reduced monthly annuity payments. 2011 taxes 2013 These annuity payments each will have a tax-free and a taxable part. 2011 taxes 2013 To figure the tax-free part of each annuity payment, you must use the Simplified Method (Worksheet A). 2011 taxes 2013 For instructions on how to complete the worksheet, see Worksheet A under Simplified Method, earlier. 2011 taxes 2013 To complete Worksheet A, line 2, you must reduce your cost in the plan by the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment you received. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter as your net cost on line 2 the amount from Worksheet B, line 5. 2011 taxes 2013 Do not include the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment with other amounts recovered tax free (Worksheet A, line 6) when limiting your total exclusion to your total cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Example. 2011 taxes 2013 The facts are the same as in the example for David Brown in the preceding discussion. 2011 taxes 2013 In addition, David received 10 annuity payments in 2013 of $1,200 each. 2011 taxes 2013 Using Worksheet A, he figures the taxable part of his annuity payments. 2011 taxes 2013 He completes line 2 by reducing his $31,000 cost by the $6,200 tax-free part of his lump-sum payment. 2011 taxes 2013 His entry on line 2 is his $24,800 net cost in the plan (the amount from Worksheet B, line 5). 2011 taxes 2013 He does not include the tax-free part of his lump-sum payment on Worksheet A, line 6. 2011 taxes 2013 David's filled-in Worksheet A is shown on the next page. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet A. 2011 taxes 2013 Simplified Method for David Brown See the instructions in Part II of this publication under Simplified Method . 2011 taxes 2013 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total pension or annuity payments received this year. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a 1. 2011 taxes 2013 $ 12,000 2. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter your cost in the plan at the annuity starting date, plus any death benefit exclusion*. 2011 taxes 2013 See Your cost in Part II, Rules for Retirees, earlier 2. 2011 taxes 2013 24,800 Note: If your annuity starting date was before this year and you completed this worksheet last year, skip line 3 and enter the amount from line 4 of last year's worksheet on line 4 below (even if the amount of your pension or annuity has changed). 2011 taxes 2013 Otherwise, go to line 3. 2011 taxes 2013   3. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the appropriate number from Table 1 below. 2011 taxes 2013 But if your annuity starting date was after 1997 and the payments are for your life and that of your beneficiary, enter the appropriate number from Table 2 below. 2011 taxes 2013 3. 2011 taxes 2013 360 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Divide line 2 by the number on line 3 4. 2011 taxes 2013 68. 2011 taxes 2013 89 5. 2011 taxes 2013 Multiply line 4 by the number of months for which this year's payments were made. 2011 taxes 2013 If your annuity starting date was before 1987, enter this amount on line 8 below and skip lines 6, 7, 10, and 11. 2011 taxes 2013 Otherwise, go to line 6 5. 2011 taxes 2013 688. 2011 taxes 2013 90 6. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter any amounts previously recovered tax free in years after 1986. 2011 taxes 2013 This is the amount shown on line 10 of your worksheet for last year 6. 2011 taxes 2013 0 7. 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 6 from line 2 7. 2011 taxes 2013 24,800 8. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 7 8. 2011 taxes 2013 688. 2011 taxes 2013 90 9. 2011 taxes 2013 Taxable amount for year. 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 8 from line 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the result, but not less than zero. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16b, or Form 1040A, line 12b. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are a nonresident alien, also enter this amount on line 1 of Worksheet C. 2011 taxes 2013 If your Form CSA 1099R or Form CSF 1099R shows a larger amount, use the amount figured on this line instead. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are a retired public safety officer, see Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers in Part II before entering an amount on your tax return or Worksheet C, line 1 9. 2011 taxes 2013 $11,311. 2011 taxes 2013 10 10. 2011 taxes 2013 Was your annuity starting date before 1987?   Yes. 2011 taxes 2013 Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. 2011 taxes 2013    No. 2011 taxes 2013 Add lines 6 and 8. 2011 taxes 2013 This is the amount you have recovered tax free through 2013. 2011 taxes 2013 You will need this number if you need to fill out this worksheet next year 10. 2011 taxes 2013 688. 2011 taxes 2013 90 11. 2011 taxes 2013 Balance of cost to be recovered. 2011 taxes 2013 Subtract line 10 from line 2. 2011 taxes 2013 If zero, you will not have to complete this worksheet next year. 2011 taxes 2013 The payments you receive next year will generally be fully taxable 11. 2011 taxes 2013 $24,111. 2011 taxes 2013 10 Table 1 for Line 3 Above    IF your age on your annuity starting date was   AND your annuity starting date was—     before November 19, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3 after November 18, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3   55 or under 300 360   56–60 260 310   61–65 240 260   66–70 170 210   71 or over 120 160  Table 2 for Line 3 Above    IF the annuitants' combined ages on your annuity starting date were   THEN enter on line 3         110 or under   410         111–120   360         121–130   310         131–140   260         141 or over   210       * A death benefit exclusion of up to $5,000 applied to certain benefits received by survivors of employees who died before August 21, 1996. 2011 taxes 2013 Reemployment after choosing the alternative annuity option. 2011 taxes 2013 If you chose this option when you retired and then you were reemployed by the Federal Government before retiring again, your Form CSA 1099R may show only the amount of your contributions to your retirement plan during your reemployment. 2011 taxes 2013 If the amount on the form does not include all your contributions, disregard it and use your total contributions to figure the taxable part of your annuity payments. 2011 taxes 2013 Annuity starting date before November 19, 1996. 2011 taxes 2013   If your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, and you chose the alternative annuity option, the taxable and tax-free parts of your lump-sum payment and your annuity payments are figured using different rules. 2011 taxes 2013 Under those rules, you do not reduce your cost in the plan (Worksheet A, line 2) by the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment. 2011 taxes 2013 However, you must include that tax-free amount with other amounts previously recovered tax free (Worksheet A, line 6) when limiting your total exclusion to your total cost. 2011 taxes 2013 Federal Gift Tax If, through the exercise or nonexercise of an election or option, you provide an annuity for your beneficiary at or after your death, you have made a gift. 2011 taxes 2013 The gift may be taxable for gift tax purposes. 2011 taxes 2013 The value of the gift is equal to the value of the annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 Joint and survivor annuity. 2011 taxes 2013   If the gift is an interest in a joint and survivor annuity where only you and your spouse can receive payments before the death of the last spouse to die, the gift generally will qualify for the unlimited marital deduction. 2011 taxes 2013 This will eliminate any gift tax liability with regard to that gift. 2011 taxes 2013   If you provide survivor annuity benefits for someone other than your current spouse, such as your former spouse, the unlimited marital deduction will not apply. 2011 taxes 2013 This may result in a taxable gift. 2011 taxes 2013 More information. 2011 taxes 2013   For information about the gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes, and Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, and its instructions. 2011 taxes 2013 Retirement During the Past Year If you have recently retired, the following discussions covering annual leave, voluntary contributions, and community property may apply to you. 2011 taxes 2013 Annual leave. 2011 taxes 2013   A payment for accrued annual leave received on retirement is a salary payment. 2011 taxes 2013 It is taxable as wages in the tax year you receive it. 2011 taxes 2013 Voluntary contributions. 2011 taxes 2013   Voluntary contributions to the retirement fund are those made in addition to the regular contributions that were deducted from your salary. 2011 taxes 2013 They also include the regular contributions withheld from your salary after you have the years of service necessary for the maximum annuity allowed by law. 2011 taxes 2013 Voluntary contributions are not the same as employee contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan. 2011 taxes 2013 See Thrift Savings Plan , later. 2011 taxes 2013 Additional annuity benefit. 2011 taxes 2013   If you choose to receive an additional annuity benefit from your voluntary contributions, it is treated separately from the annuity benefit that comes from the regular contributions deducted from your salary. 2011 taxes 2013 This separate treatment applies for figuring the amounts to be excluded from, and included in, gross income. 2011 taxes 2013 It does not matter that you receive only one monthly check covering both benefits. 2011 taxes 2013 Each year you will receive a Form CSA 1099R that will show how much of your total annuity received in the past year was from each type of benefit. 2011 taxes 2013   Figure the taxable and tax-free parts of your additional monthly benefits from voluntary contributions using the rules that apply to regular CSRS and FERS annuities, as explained earlier. 2011 taxes 2013 Refund of voluntary contributions. 2011 taxes 2013   If you choose to receive a refund of your voluntary contributions plus accrued interest, the interest is taxable to you in the tax year it is distributed unless you roll it over to a traditional IRA or another qualified retirement plan. 2011 taxes 2013 If you do not have OPM transfer the interest to a traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plan in a direct rollover, tax will be withheld at a 20% rate. 2011 taxes 2013 See Rollover Rules , later. 2011 taxes 2013 The interest does not qualify as a lump-sum distribution eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option. 2011 taxes 2013 It also may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions if you separate from service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55. 2011 taxes 2013 For more information, see Lump-Sum Distributions and Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. 2011 taxes 2013 Community property laws. 2011 taxes 2013   State community property laws apply to your annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 These laws will affect your income tax only if you file a return separately from your spouse. 2011 taxes 2013   Generally, the determination of whether your annuity is separate income (taxable to you) or community income (taxable to both you and your spouse) is based on your marital status and domicile when you were working. 2011 taxes 2013 Regardless of whether you are now living in a community property state or a noncommunity property state, your current annuity may be community income if it is based on services you performed while married and domiciled in a community property state. 2011 taxes 2013   At any time, you have only one domicile even though you may have more than one home. 2011 taxes 2013 Your domicile is your fixed and permanent legal home that you intend to use for an indefinite or unlimited period, and to which, when absent, you intend to return. 2011 taxes 2013 The question of your domicile is mainly a matter of your intentions as indicated by your actions. 2011 taxes 2013   If your annuity is a mixture of community income and separate income, you must divide it between the two kinds of income. 2011 taxes 2013 The division is based on your periods of service and domicile in community and noncommunity property states while you were married. 2011 taxes 2013   For more information, see Publication 555, Community Property. 2011 taxes 2013 Reemployment After Retirement If you retired from federal service and are later rehired by the Federal Government as an employee, you can continue to receive your annuity during reemployment. 2011 taxes 2013 The employing agency usually will pay you the difference between your salary for your period of reemployment and your annuity. 2011 taxes 2013 This amount is taxable as wages. 2011 taxes 2013 Your annuity will continue to be taxed just as it was before. 2011 taxes 2013 If you are still recovering your cost, you continue to do so. 2011 taxes 2013 If you have recovered your cost, the annuity you receive while you are reemployed generally is fully taxable. 2011 taxes 2013 Nonresident Aliens The following special rules apply to nonresident alien federal employees performing services outside the United States and to nonresident alien retirees and beneficiaries. 2011 taxes 2013 A nonresident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or a resident alien of the United States. 2011 taxes 2013 Special rule for figuring your total contributions. 2011 taxes 2013   Your contributions to the retirement plan (your cost) also include the government's contributions to the plan to a certain extent. 2011 taxes 2013 You include government contributions that would not have been taxable to you at the time they were contributed if they had been paid directly to you. 2011 taxes 2013 For example, government contributions would not have been taxable to you if, at the time made, your services were performed outside the United States. 2011 taxes 2013 Thus, your cost is increased by these government contributions and the benefits that you, or your beneficiary, must include in income are reduced. 2011 taxes 2013   This method of figuring your total contributions does not apply to any contributions the government made on your behalf after you became a citizen or a resident alien of the United States. 2011 taxes 2013 Limit on taxable amount. 2011 taxes 2013   There is a limit on the taxable amount of payments received from the CSRS, the FERS, or the TSP by a nonresident alien retiree or nonresident alien beneficiary. 2011 taxes 2013 Figure this limited taxable amount by multiplying the otherwise taxable amount by a fraction. 2011 taxes 2013 The numerator of the fraction is the retiree's total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay, other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States. 2011 taxes 2013 The denominator is the retiree's total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay for all services. 2011 taxes 2013    Basic pay includes regular pay plus any standby differential. 2011 taxes 2013 It does not include bonuses, overtime pay, certain retroactive pay, uniform or other allowances, or lump-sum leave payments. 2011 taxes 2013   To figure the limited taxable amount of your CSRS or FERS annuity or your TSP distributions, use Worksheet C. 2011 taxes 2013 (For an annuity, first complete Worksheet A in this publication. 2011 taxes 2013 ) Worksheet C. 2011 taxes 2013 Limited Taxable Amount for Nonresident Alien 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the otherwise taxable amount of the CSRS or FERS annuity (from line 9 of Worksheet A or from Forms CSA 1099R or CSF 1099R) or TSP distributions (from Form 1099R) 1. 2011 taxes 2013   2. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States 2. 2011 taxes 2013   3. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay for all services 3. 2011 taxes 2013   4. 2011 taxes 2013 Divide line 2 by line 3 4. 2011 taxes 2013   5. 2011 taxes 2013 Limited taxable amount. 2011 taxes 2013 Multiply line 1 by line 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter this amount on Form 1040NR, line 17b 5. 2011 taxes 2013   Example 1. 2011 taxes 2013 You are a nonresident alien who performed all services for the U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government abroad as a nonresident alien. 2011 taxes 2013 You retired and began to receive a monthly annuity of $200. 2011 taxes 2013 Your total basic pay for all services for the U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government was $100,000. 2011 taxes 2013 All of your basic pay was tax exempt because it was not U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 source income. 2011 taxes 2013 The taxable amount of your annuity using Worksheet A in this publication is $720. 2011 taxes 2013 You are a nonresident alien, so you figure the limited taxable amount of your annuity using Worksheet C as follows. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet C. 2011 taxes 2013 Limited Taxable Amount for Nonresident Alien — Example 1 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the otherwise taxable amount of the CSRS or FERS annuity (from line 9 of Worksheet A or from Forms CSA 1099R or CSF 1099R) or TSP distributions (from Form 1099R) 1. 2011 taxes 2013 $ 720 2. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States 2. 2011 taxes 2013 0 3. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay for all services 3. 2011 taxes 2013 100,000 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Divide line 2 by line 3 4. 2011 taxes 2013 0 5. 2011 taxes 2013 Limited taxable amount. 2011 taxes 2013 Multiply line 1 by line 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter this amount on Form 1040NR, line 17b 5. 2011 taxes 2013 0 Example 2. 2011 taxes 2013 You are a nonresident alien who performed services for the U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government as a nonresident alien both within the United States and abroad. 2011 taxes 2013 You retired and began to receive a monthly annuity of $240. 2011 taxes 2013 Your total basic pay for your services for the U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government was $120,000; $40,000 was for work done in the United States and $80,000 was for your work done in a foreign country. 2011 taxes 2013 The part of your total basic pay for your work done in a foreign country was tax exempt because it was not U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 source income. 2011 taxes 2013 The taxable amount of your annuity figured using Worksheet A in this publication is $1,980. 2011 taxes 2013 You are a nonresident alien, so you figure the limited taxable amount of your annuity using Worksheet C as follows. 2011 taxes 2013 Worksheet C. 2011 taxes 2013 Limited Taxable Amount for Nonresident Alien — Example 2 1. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the otherwise taxable amount of the CSRS or FERS annuity (from line 9 of Worksheet A or from Forms CSA 1099R or CSF 1099R) or TSP distributions (from Form 1099R) 1. 2011 taxes 2013 $ 1,980 2. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States 2. 2011 taxes 2013 40,000 3. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter the total U. 2011 taxes 2013 S. 2011 taxes 2013 Government basic pay for all services 3. 2011 taxes 2013 120,000 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Divide line 2 by line 3 4. 2011 taxes 2013 . 2011 taxes 2013 333 5. 2011 taxes 2013 Limited taxable amount. 2011 taxes 2013 Multiply line 1 by line 4. 2011 taxes 2013 Enter this amount on Form 1040NR, line 17b 5. 2011 taxes 2013 659 Thrift Savings Plan Generally, all of the money in your TSP account is taxed as ordinary income when you receive it. 2011 taxes 2013 (However, see Roth TSP balance and Uniformed services TSP accounts, next. 2011 taxes 2013 ) This is because neither the contributions to your traditional TSP balance nor its earnings have been included previously in your taxable income. 2011 taxes 2013 The way that you withdraw your account balance determines when you must pay the tax. 2011 taxes 2013 Roth TSP balance. 2011 taxes 2013   The TSP also offers a Roth TSP option, which allows you to make after-tax contributions into your TSP account. 2011 taxes 2013 This means Roth TSP contributions are included in your income. 2011 taxes 2013 The contribution limits are the same as the traditional TSP. 2011 taxes 2013 You can elect to have part or all of your TSP contributions designated as a Roth TSP. 2011 taxes 2013 Agency contributions will be part of your traditional TSP balance. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, you cannot roll over any portion of your traditional TSP into your Roth TSP. 2011 taxes 2013   Qualified distributions from your Roth TSP are not included in income. 2011 taxes 2013 This applies to both your cost in the account and income earned on that account. 2011 taxes 2013 A qualified distribution is generally a distribution that is: Made after a 5-tax-year period of participation, and Made on or after the date you reach age 59½, made to a beneficiary or your estate on or after your death, or attributable to your being disabled. 2011 taxes 2013   For more information, go to the TSP website, www. 2011 taxes 2013 tsp. 2011 taxes 2013 gov, or the TSP Service Office. 2011 taxes 2013 See Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income, for more information about designated Roth accounts. 2011 taxes 2013 Uniformed services TSP accounts. 2011 taxes 2013   If you have a uniformed services TSP account that includes contributions from combat zone pay, the distributions attributable to those contributions are tax exempt. 2011 taxes 2013 However, any earnings on those contributions to a traditional TSP balance are subject to tax when they are distributed. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance discussed previously to get more information about Roth contributions. 2011 taxes 2013 The statement you receive from the TSP will separately state the total amount of your distribution and the amount of your taxable distribution for the year. 2011 taxes 2013 You can get more information from the TSP website, www. 2011 taxes 2013 tsp. 2011 taxes 2013 gov, or the TSP Service Office. 2011 taxes 2013 Direct rollover by the TSP. 2011 taxes 2013   If you ask the TSP to transfer any part of the money in your account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, to a traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plan, the tax on that part is deferred until you receive payments from the traditional IRA or other plan. 2011 taxes 2013 However, see the following Note for a discussion on direct rollovers by the TSP of Roth contributions and its earnings. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, see Rollover Rules , later. 2011 taxes 2013 Direct rollover by the TSP to a Roth IRA. 2011 taxes 2013   If you ask the TSP to transfer any part of the money in your account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, to a Roth IRA, the amount transferred will be taxed in the current year. 2011 taxes 2013 However, see the following Note for a discussion on direct rollovers by the TSP of Roth contributions and its earnings. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, see Rollovers to Roth IRAs for more information, later. 2011 taxes 2013 Note. 2011 taxes 2013 A direct rollover of your Roth contributions and its earnings (if certain conditions are met, see Roth TSP balance , earlier) in your TSP account to a Roth 401(k), Roth 403(b), Roth 457(b), or Roth IRA are not subject to tax when they are transferred or when you receive payments from those accounts at a later date. 2011 taxes 2013 This is because you already paid tax on those contributions. 2011 taxes 2013 You cannot rollover Roth contributions and its earnings in your TSP account to a traditional IRA. 2011 taxes 2013 TSP annuity. 2011 taxes 2013   If you ask the TSP to buy an annuity with the money in your account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, the annuity payments are taxed when you receive them. 2011 taxes 2013 The payments are not subject to the additional 10% tax on early distributions, even if you are under age 55 when they begin. 2011 taxes 2013 However, there is no tax on the annuity payments if the annuity is purchased using the money in your account from Roth contributions and its earnings if certain conditions are met. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance , earlier. 2011 taxes 2013 This is because you already paid tax on those contributions. 2011 taxes 2013 Cash withdrawals. 2011 taxes 2013   If you withdraw any of the money in your TSP account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, it is generally taxed as ordinary income when you receive it unless you roll it over into a traditional IRA or other qualified plan. 2011 taxes 2013 (See Rollover Rules , later. 2011 taxes 2013 ) If you receive your entire TSP account balance in a single tax year, you may be able to use the 10-year tax option to figure your tax. 2011 taxes 2013 See Lump-Sum Distributions in Publication 575 for details. 2011 taxes 2013 However, there is no tax if you withdraw money in your TSP account from Roth contributions and its earnings if certain conditions are met. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance , earlier. 2011 taxes 2013    To qualify for the 10-year tax option, the plan participant must have been born before January 2, 1936. 2011 taxes 2013   If you receive a single payment or you choose to receive your account balance in monthly payments over a period of less than 10 years, the TSP generally must withhold 20% for federal income tax. 2011 taxes 2013 If you choose to receive your account balance in monthly payments over a period of 10 or more years or a period based on your life expectancy, the payments are subject to withholding as if you are married with three withholding allowances, unless you submit a withholding certificate. 2011 taxes 2013 See also Withholding from Thrift Savings Plan payments earlier under Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax in Part I. 2011 taxes 2013 However, there is no withholding requirement for amounts withdrawn from your TSP account that is from Roth contributions and its earnings, if certain conditions are met. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance , earlier, for a discussion of those conditions. 2011 taxes 2013 Tax on early distributions. 2011 taxes 2013   Any money paid to you from your TSP account before you reach age 59½ may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions. 2011 taxes 2013 However, this additional tax does not apply in certain situations, including any of the following. 2011 taxes 2013 You receive the distribution and separate from government service during or after the calendar year in which you reach age 55. 2011 taxes 2013 You choose to receive your account balance in monthly payments based on your life expectancy. 2011 taxes 2013 You are totally and permanently disabled. 2011 taxes 2013 You receive amounts from your Roth contributions since that represents a return of your cost (after-tax money). 2011 taxes 2013 The earnings may be subject to the 10% tax depending on whether you met certain conditions. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance , earlier. 2011 taxes 2013   For more information, see Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. 2011 taxes 2013 Outstanding loan. 2011 taxes 2013   If the TSP declares a distribution from your account because money you borrowed has not been repaid when you separate from government service, your account is reduced and the amount of the distribution (your unpaid loan balance and any unpaid interest), from traditional contributions and its earnings, is taxed in the year declared. 2011 taxes 2013 The distribution also may be subject to the additional 10% tax on early distributions. 2011 taxes 2013 However, the tax will be deferred if you make a rollover contribution to a traditional IRA or other qualified plan equal to the declared distribution amount. 2011 taxes 2013 See Rollover Rules , later. 2011 taxes 2013   If you withdraw any money from your TSP account in that same year, the TSP must withhold income tax of 20% of the total of the declared distribution and the amount withdrawn. 2011 taxes 2013 However, no withholding is required for portions of the distribution that is from Roth contributions and its earnings, if certain conditions are met. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance , earlier. 2011 taxes 2013 More information. 2011 taxes 2013   For more information about the TSP, see Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan, distributed to all federal employees. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, see Important Tax Information About Payments From Your TSP Account and Special Tax Withholding Rules for Thrift Savings Plan Payments to Nonresident Aliens, which are available from your agency personnel office or from the TSP by calling 1-TSP-YOU-FIRST (1-877-968-3778) and for participants who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, call 1-TSP-THRIFT5 (1-877-847-4385). 2011 taxes 2013    The above documents are also available on the TSP website at www. 2011 taxes 2013 tsp. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 Select “Forms & Publications. 2011 taxes 2013 ” Rollover Rules Generally, a rollover is a tax-free withdrawal of cash or other assets from one qualified retirement plan or traditional IRA and its reinvestment in another qualified retirement plan or traditional IRA. 2011 taxes 2013 You do not include the amount rolled over in your income, and you cannot take a deduction for it. 2011 taxes 2013 The amount rolled over is taxed later as the new program pays that amount to you. 2011 taxes 2013 If you roll over amounts into a traditional IRA, later distributions of these amounts from the traditional IRA do not qualify for the capital gain or the 10-year tax option. 2011 taxes 2013 However, capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option will be restored if the traditional IRA contains only amounts rolled over from a qualified plan and these amounts are rolled over from the traditional IRA into a qualified retirement plan. 2011 taxes 2013 To qualify for the capital gain treatment or 10-year tax option, the plan participant must have been born before January 2, 1936. 2011 taxes 2013 You can also roll over a distribution from a qualified retirement plan into a Roth IRA. 2011 taxes 2013 Although the transfer of a distribution into a Roth IRA is considered a rollover for Roth IRA purposes, it is not a tax-free transfer unless you are rolling over amounts from Roth contributions and its earnings. 2011 taxes 2013 See Rollovers to Roth IRAs , later, for more information. 2011 taxes 2013 Qualified retirement plan. 2011 taxes 2013   For this purpose, a qualified retirement plan generally is: A qualified employee plan, A qualified employee annuity, A tax-sheltered annuity plan (403(b) plan), or An eligible state or local government section 457 deferred compensation plan. 2011 taxes 2013 The CSRS, FERS, and TSP are considered qualified retirement plans. 2011 taxes 2013 Distributions eligible for rollover treatment. 2011 taxes 2013   If you receive a refund of your CSRS or FERS contributions when you leave government service, you can roll over any interest you receive on the contributions. 2011 taxes 2013 You cannot roll over any part of your CSRS or FERS annuity payments. 2011 taxes 2013   You can roll over a distribution of any part of your TSP account balance except: A distribution of your account balance that you choose to receive in monthly payments over: Your life expectancy, The joint life expectancies of you and your beneficiary, or A period of 10 years or more, A required minimum distribution generally beginning at age 70½, A declared distribution because of an unrepaid loan, if you have not separated from government service (see Outstanding loan under Thrift Savings Plan, earlier), or A hardship distribution. 2011 taxes 2013   In addition, a distribution to your beneficiary generally is not treated as an eligible rollover distribution. 2011 taxes 2013 However, see Qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) and Rollovers by surviving spouse , and Rollovers by nonspouse beneficiary , later. 2011 taxes 2013 Direct rollover option. 2011 taxes 2013   You can choose to have the OPM or TSP transfer any part of an eligible rollover distribution directly to another qualified retirement plan that accepts rollover distributions or to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. 2011 taxes 2013   There is an automatic rollover requirement for mandatory distributions. 2011 taxes 2013 A mandatory distribution is a distribution made without your consent and before you reach age 62 or normal retirement age, whichever is later. 2011 taxes 2013 The automatic rollover requirement applies if the distribution is more than $1,000 and is an eligible rollover distribution. 2011 taxes 2013 You can choose to have the distribution paid directly to you or rolled over directly to your traditional or Roth IRA or another qualified retirement plan. 2011 taxes 2013 If you do not make this choice, OPM will automatically roll over the distribution into an IRA of a designated trustee or issuer. 2011 taxes 2013 No tax withheld. 2011 taxes 2013   If you choose the direct rollover option or have an automatic rollover, no tax will be withheld from any part of the distribution that is directly paid to the trustee of the other plan. 2011 taxes 2013 However, if the rollover is to a Roth IRA, you may want to choose to have tax withheld since any amount rolled over is generally included in income. 2011 taxes 2013 Any part of the eligible rollover distribution paid to you is subject to withholding at a 20% rate. 2011 taxes 2013 Direct roll over amounts from Roth contributions and its earnings do not have tax withheld because you already paid tax on those amounts. 2011 taxes 2013 Payment to you option. 2011 taxes 2013   If an eligible rollover distribution is paid to you, the OPM or TSP must withhold 20% for income tax even if you plan to roll over the distribution to another qualified retirement plan, traditional or Roth IRA. 2011 taxes 2013 However, the full amount is treated as distributed to you even though you actually receive only 80%. 2011 taxes 2013 You generally must include in income any part (including the part withheld) that you do not roll over within 60 days to another qualified retirement plan or to a traditional IRA. 2011 taxes 2013 Rollovers to Roth IRAs are generally included in income. 2011 taxes 2013 Eligible rollover distributions that are from Roth contributions do not have tax withheld because you already paid tax on those amounts. 2011 taxes 2013 If you leave government service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55 and are under age 59½ when a distribution is paid to you, you may have to pay an additional 10% tax on any part, including any tax withheld, that you do not roll over. 2011 taxes 2013 However, distributions from Roth contributions will not be subject to the 10% additional tax because it is a return of your cost (after-tax money). 2011 taxes 2013 Earnings from those contributions may be subject to the 10% additional tax if certain conditions are not met. 2011 taxes 2013 See Roth TSP balance , earlier. 2011 taxes 2013 Also, see Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. 2011 taxes 2013 Exception to withholding. 2011 taxes 2013   Withholding from an eligible rollover distribution paid to you is not required if the distributions for your tax year total less than $200. 2011 taxes 2013 Partial rollovers. 2011 taxes 2013   A lump-sum distribution may qualify for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option if the plan participant was born before January 2, 1936. 2011 taxes 2013 See Lump-Sum Distributions in Publication 575. 2011 taxes 2013 However, if you roll over any part of the distribution, the part you keep does not qualify for this special tax treatment. 2011 taxes 2013 Rolling over more than amount received. 2011 taxes 2013   If you want to roll over more of an eligible rollover distribution than the amount you received after income tax was withheld, you will have to add funds from some other source (such as your savings or borrowed amounts). 2011 taxes 2013 Example. 2011 taxes 2013 You left government service at age 53. 2011 taxes 2013 On February 1, 2013, you receive an eligible rollover distribution of $10,000 from you
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2011 taxes 2013 16. 2011 taxes 2013   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. 2011 taxes 2013 Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. 2011 taxes 2013 Free help with your tax return. 2011 taxes 2013   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 2011 taxes 2013 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 2011 taxes 2013 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 2011 taxes 2013 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. 2011 taxes 2013 Some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. 2011 taxes 2013 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov or call 1-800-906-9887. 2011 taxes 2013   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 2011 taxes 2013 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 2011 taxes 2013 aarp. 2011 taxes 2013 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 2011 taxes 2013   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 2011 taxes 2013 Internet. 2011 taxes 2013 IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are — every day, every night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2011 taxes 2013 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 2011 taxes 2013 Go to IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 2011 taxes 2013 Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 2011 taxes 2013 Check the status of your 2013 refund with Where's My Refund? Go to IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov or the IRS2Go app, and click on Where's My Refund? You'll get a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 2011 taxes 2013 If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 2011 taxes 2013 Checking the status of your amended return. 2011 taxes 2013 Go to IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov and enter Where's My Amended Return in the search box. 2011 taxes 2013 Download forms, instructions, and publications, including some accessible versions. 2011 taxes 2013 Order free transcripts of your tax returns or tax account using the Order a Transcript tool on IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov or IRS2Go. 2011 taxes 2013 Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and past three years. 2011 taxes 2013 Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. 2011 taxes 2013 Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov or IRS2Go. 2011 taxes 2013 Stop by most business days for face-to-face tax help, no appointment necessary — just walk in. 2011 taxes 2013 An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 2011 taxes 2013 Before you visit, check the Office Locator for the address, phone number, hours of operation and the services provided. 2011 taxes 2013 If you have an ongoing tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 2011 taxes 2013 Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 2011 taxes 2013 Locate the nearest volunteer help site with the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 gov. 2011 taxes 2013 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 2011 taxes 2013 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. 2011 taxes 2013 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and some provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 2011 taxes 2013 AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program as part of the TCE program. 2011 taxes 2013 Visit AARP's website to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 2011 taxes 2013 Research your tax questions. 2011 taxes 2013 Search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 2011 taxes 2013 Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 2011 taxes 2013 Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 2011 taxes 2013 Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. 2011 taxes 2013 Phone. 2011 taxes 2013 You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 2011 taxes 2013 Download the free IRS2Go mobile app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 2011 taxes 2013 Use it to watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, check your refund status, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. 2011 taxes 2013 Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. 2011 taxes 2013 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 2011 taxes 2013 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. 2011 taxes 2013 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 2011 taxes 2013 Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 2011 taxes 2013 Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 2011 taxes 2013 Call to check the status of your 2013 refund, 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477. 2011 taxes 2013 The automated Where's My Refund? information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2011 taxes 2013 If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 2011 taxes 2013 Before you call, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 2011 taxes 2013 Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 2011 taxes 2013 Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. 2011 taxes 2013 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 2011 taxes 2013 Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 2011 taxes 2013 You should receive your order within 10 business days. 2011 taxes 2013 Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. 2011 taxes 2013 Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. 2011 taxes 2013 Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. 2011 taxes 2013 Call to ask tax questions, 1-800-829-1040. 2011 taxes 2013 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 2011 taxes 2013 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 2011 taxes 2013 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. 2011 taxes 2013 gsa. 2011 taxes 2013 gov/fedrelay. 2011 taxes 2013 Walk-in. 2011 taxes 2013 You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. 2011 taxes 2013 Products. 2011 taxes 2013 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 2011 taxes 2013 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 2011 taxes 2013 Services. 2011 taxes 2013 You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. 2011 taxes 2013 An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. 2011 taxes 2013 If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. 2011 taxes 2013 No appointment is necessary—just walk in. 2011 taxes 2013 Before visiting, check www. 2011 taxes 2013 irs. 2011 taxes 2013 gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. 2011 taxes 2013 Mail. 2011 taxes 2013 You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 2011 taxes 2013 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 2011 taxes 2013  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 2011 taxes 2013 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 2011 taxes 2013   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 2011 taxes 2013 What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 2011 taxes 2013 We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. 2011 taxes 2013 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 2011 taxes 2013 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 2011 taxes 2013   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. 2011 taxes 2013 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 2011 taxes 2013 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 2011 taxes 2013 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 2011 taxes 2013 How can you reach us?   If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. 2011 taxes 2013 irs. 2011 taxes 2013 gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. 2011 taxes 2013 How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 2011 taxes 2013 If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. 2011 taxes 2013 irs. 2011 taxes 2013 gov/sams. 2011 taxes 2013 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. 2011 taxes 2013   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. 2011 taxes 2013 Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. 2011 taxes 2013 Visit www. 2011 taxes 2013 TaxpayerAdvocate. 2011 taxes 2013 irs. 2011 taxes 2013 gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 2011 taxes 2013 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications