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2012 tax return Publication 936 - Main Content Table of Contents Part I. 2012 tax return Home Mortgage InterestSecured Debt Qualified Home Special Situations Points Mortgage Insurance Premiums Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement How To Report Special Rule for Tenant-Stockholders in Cooperative Housing Corporations Part II. 2012 tax return Limits on Home Mortgage Interest DeductionHome Acquisition Debt Home Equity Debt Grandfathered Debt Table 1 Instructions How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Part I. 2012 tax return Home Mortgage Interest This part explains what you can deduct as home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return It includes discussions on points, mortgage insurance premiums, and how to report deductible interest on your tax return. 2012 tax return Generally, home mortgage interest is any interest you pay on a loan secured by your home (main home or a second home). 2012 tax return The loan may be a mortgage to buy your home, a second mortgage, a line of credit, or a home equity loan. 2012 tax return You can deduct home mortgage interest if all the following conditions are met. 2012 tax return You file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 2012 tax return The mortgage is a secured debt on a qualified home in which you have an ownership interest. 2012 tax return Secured Debt and Qualified Home are explained later. 2012 tax return  Both you and the lender must intend that the loan be repaid. 2012 tax return Fully deductible interest. 2012 tax return   In most cases, you can deduct all of your home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return How much you can deduct depends on the date of the mortgage, the amount of the mortgage, and how you use the mortgage proceeds. 2012 tax return   If all of your mortgages fit into one or more of the following three categories at all times during the year, you can deduct all of the interest on those mortgages. 2012 tax return (If any one mortgage fits into more than one category, add the debt that fits in each category to your other debt in the same category. 2012 tax return ) If one or more of your mortgages does not fit into any of these categories, use Part II of this publication to figure the amount of interest you can deduct. 2012 tax return   The three categories are as follows. 2012 tax return Mortgages you took out on or before October 13, 1987 (called grandfathered debt). 2012 tax return Mortgages you took out after October 13, 1987, to buy, build, or improve your home (called home acquisition debt), but only if throughout 2013 these mortgages plus any grandfathered debt totaled $1 million or less ($500,000 or less if married filing separately). 2012 tax return Mortgages you took out after October 13, 1987, other than to buy, build, or improve your home (called home equity debt), but only if throughout 2013 these mortgages totaled $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if married filing separately) and totaled no more than the fair market value of your home reduced by (1) and (2). 2012 tax return The dollar limits for the second and third categories apply to the combined mortgages on your main home and second home. 2012 tax return   See Part II for more detailed definitions of grandfathered, home acquisition, and home equity debt. 2012 tax return    You can use Figure A to check whether your home mortgage interest is fully deductible. 2012 tax return This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 tax return Please click the link to view the image. 2012 tax return Figure A. 2012 tax return Is My Home Mortgage Interest Fully Deductible? Secured Debt You can deduct your home mortgage interest only if your mortgage is a secured debt. 2012 tax return A secured debt is one in which you sign an instrument (such as a mortgage, deed of trust, or land contract) that: Makes your ownership in a qualified home security for payment of the debt, Provides, in case of default, that your home could satisfy the debt, and Is recorded or is otherwise perfected under any state or local law that applies. 2012 tax return In other words, your mortgage is a secured debt if you put your home up as collateral to protect the interests of the lender. 2012 tax return If you cannot pay the debt, your home can then serve as payment to the lender to satisfy (pay) the debt. 2012 tax return In this publication, mortgage will refer to secured debt. 2012 tax return Debt not secured by home. 2012 tax return   A debt is not secured by your home if it is secured solely because of a lien on your general assets or if it is a security interest that attaches to the property without your consent (such as a mechanic's lien or judgment lien). 2012 tax return   A debt is not secured by your home if it once was, but is no longer secured by your home. 2012 tax return Wraparound mortgage. 2012 tax return   This is not a secured debt unless it is recorded or otherwise perfected under state law. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return Beth owns a home subject to a mortgage of $40,000. 2012 tax return She sells the home for $100,000 to John, who takes it subject to the $40,000 mortgage. 2012 tax return Beth continues to make the payments on the $40,000 note. 2012 tax return John pays $10,000 down and gives Beth a $90,000 note secured by a wraparound mortgage on the home. 2012 tax return Beth does not record or otherwise perfect the $90,000 mortgage under the state law that applies. 2012 tax return Therefore, the mortgage is not a secured debt and John cannot deduct any of the interest he pays on it as home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Choice to treat the debt as not secured by your home. 2012 tax return   You can choose to treat any debt secured by your qualified home as not secured by the home. 2012 tax return This treatment begins with the tax year for which you make the choice and continues for all later tax years. 2012 tax return You can revoke your choice only with the consent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 2012 tax return   You may want to treat a debt as not secured by your home if the interest on that debt is fully deductible (for example, as a business expense) whether or not it qualifies as home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return This may allow you, if the limits in Part II apply, more of a deduction for interest on other debts that are deductible only as home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Cooperative apartment owner. 2012 tax return   If you own stock in a cooperative housing corporation, see the Special Rule for Tenant-Stockholders in Cooperative Housing Corporations , near the end of this Part I. 2012 tax return Qualified Home For you to take a home mortgage interest deduction, your debt must be secured by a qualified home. 2012 tax return This means your main home or your second home. 2012 tax return A home includes a house, condominium, cooperative, mobile home, house trailer, boat, or similar property that has sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities. 2012 tax return The interest you pay on a mortgage on a home other than your main or second home may be deductible if the proceeds of the loan were used for business, investment, or other deductible purposes. 2012 tax return Otherwise, it is considered personal interest and is not deductible. 2012 tax return Main home. 2012 tax return   You can have only one main home at any one time. 2012 tax return This is the home where you ordinarily live most of the time. 2012 tax return Second home. 2012 tax return   A second home is a home that you choose to treat as your second home. 2012 tax return Second home not rented out. 2012 tax return   If you have a second home that you do not hold out for rent or resale to others at any time during the year, you can treat it as a qualified home. 2012 tax return You do not have to use the home during the year. 2012 tax return Second home rented out. 2012 tax return   If you have a second home and rent it out part of the year, you also must use it as a home during the year for it to be a qualified home. 2012 tax return You must use this home more than 14 days or more than 10% of the number of days during the year that the home is rented at a fair rental, whichever is longer. 2012 tax return If you do not use the home long enough, it is considered rental property and not a second home. 2012 tax return For information on residential rental property, see Publication 527. 2012 tax return More than one second home. 2012 tax return   If you have more than one second home, you can treat only one as the qualified second home during any year. 2012 tax return However, you can change the home you treat as a second home during the year in the following situations. 2012 tax return If you get a new home during the year, you can choose to treat the new home as your second home as of the day you buy it. 2012 tax return If your main home no longer qualifies as your main home, you can choose to treat it as your second home as of the day you stop using it as your main home. 2012 tax return If your second home is sold during the year or becomes your main home, you can choose a new second home as of the day you sell the old one or begin using it as your main home. 2012 tax return Divided use of your home. 2012 tax return   The only part of your home that is considered a qualified home is the part you use for residential living. 2012 tax return If you use part of your home for other than residential living, such as a home office, you must allocate the use of your home. 2012 tax return You must then divide both the cost and fair market value of your home between the part that is a qualified home and the part that is not. 2012 tax return Dividing the cost may affect the amount of your home acquisition debt, which is limited to the cost of your home plus the cost of any improvements. 2012 tax return (See Home Acquisition Debt in Part II. 2012 tax return ) Dividing the fair market value may affect your home equity debt limit, also explained in Part II . 2012 tax return Renting out part of home. 2012 tax return   If you rent out part of a qualified home to another person (tenant), you can treat the rented part as being used by you for residential living only if all of the following conditions apply. 2012 tax return The rented part of your home is used by the tenant primarily for residential living. 2012 tax return The rented part of your home is not a self-contained residential unit having separate sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities. 2012 tax return You do not rent (directly or by sublease) the same or different parts of your home to more than two tenants at any time during the tax year. 2012 tax return If two persons (and dependents of either) share the same sleeping quarters, they are treated as one tenant. 2012 tax return Office in home. 2012 tax return   If you have an office in your home that you use in your business, see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home. 2012 tax return It explains how to figure your deduction for the business use of your home, which includes the business part of your home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Home under construction. 2012 tax return   You can treat a home under construction as a qualified home for a period of up to 24 months, but only if it becomes your qualified home at the time it is ready for occupancy. 2012 tax return   The 24-month period can start any time on or after the day construction begins. 2012 tax return Home destroyed. 2012 tax return   You may be able to continue treating your home as a qualified home even after it is destroyed in a fire, storm, tornado, earthquake, or other casualty. 2012 tax return This means you can continue to deduct the interest you pay on your home mortgage, subject to the limits described in this publication. 2012 tax return   You can continue treating a destroyed home as a qualified home if, within a reasonable period of time after the home is destroyed, you: Rebuild the destroyed home and move into it, or Sell the land on which the home was located. 2012 tax return   This rule applies to your main home and to a second home that you treat as a qualified home. 2012 tax return Time-sharing arrangements. 2012 tax return   You can treat a home you own under a time-sharing plan as a qualified home if it meets all the requirements. 2012 tax return A time-sharing plan is an arrangement between two or more people that limits each person's interest in the home or right to use it to a certain part of the year. 2012 tax return Rental of time-share. 2012 tax return   If you rent out your time-share, it qualifies as a second home only if you also use it as a home during the year. 2012 tax return See Second home rented out , earlier, for the use requirement. 2012 tax return To know whether you meet that requirement, count your days of use and rental of the home only during the time you have a right to use it or to receive any benefits from the rental of it. 2012 tax return Married taxpayers. 2012 tax return   If you are married and file a joint return, your qualified home(s) can be owned either jointly or by only one spouse. 2012 tax return Separate returns. 2012 tax return   If you are married filing separately and you and your spouse own more than one home, you can each take into account only one home as a qualified home. 2012 tax return However, if you both consent in writing, then one spouse can take both the main home and a second home into account. 2012 tax return Special Situations This section describes certain items that can be included as home mortgage interest and others that cannot. 2012 tax return It also describes certain special situations that may affect your deduction. 2012 tax return Late payment charge on mortgage payment. 2012 tax return   You can deduct as home mortgage interest a late payment charge if it was not for a specific service performed in connection with your mortgage loan. 2012 tax return Mortgage prepayment penalty. 2012 tax return   If you pay off your home mortgage early, you may have to pay a penalty. 2012 tax return You can deduct that penalty as home mortgage interest provided the penalty is not for a specific service performed or cost incurred in connection with your mortgage loan. 2012 tax return Sale of home. 2012 tax return   If you sell your home, you can deduct your home mortgage interest (subject to any limits that apply) paid up to, but not including, the date of the sale. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return John and Peggy Harris sold their home on May 7. 2012 tax return Through April 30, they made home mortgage interest payments of $1,220. 2012 tax return The settlement sheet for the sale of the home showed $50 interest for the 6-day period in May up to, but not including, the date of sale. 2012 tax return Their mortgage interest deduction is $1,270 ($1,220 + $50). 2012 tax return Prepaid interest. 2012 tax return   If you pay interest in advance for a period that goes beyond the end of the tax year, you must spread this interest over the tax years to which it applies. 2012 tax return You can deduct in each year only the interest that qualifies as home mortgage interest for that year. 2012 tax return However, there is an exception that applies to points, discussed later. 2012 tax return Mortgage interest credit. 2012 tax return    You may be able to claim a mortgage interest credit if you were issued a mortgage credit certificate (MCC) by a state or local government. 2012 tax return Figure the credit on Form 8396, Mortgage Interest Credit. 2012 tax return If you take this credit, you must reduce your mortgage interest deduction by the amount of the credit. 2012 tax return   See Form 8396 and Publication 530 for more information on the mortgage interest credit. 2012 tax return Ministers' and military housing allowance. 2012 tax return   If you are a minister or a member of the uniformed services and receive a housing allowance that is not taxable, you can still deduct your home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Hardest Hit Fund and Emergency Homeowners' Loan Programs. 2012 tax return   You can use a special method to compute your deduction for mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your main home if you meet the following two conditions. 2012 tax return You received assistance under: A State Housing Finance Agency (State HFA) Hardest Hit Fund program in which program payments could be used to pay mortgage interest, or An Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or a state. 2012 tax return You meet the rules to deduct all of the mortgage interest on your loan and all of the real estate taxes on your main home. 2012 tax return If you meet these tests, then you can deduct all of the payments you actually made during the year to your mortgage servicer, the State HFA, or HUD on the home mortgage (including the amount shown on box 3 of Form 1098–MA, Mortgage Assistance Payments), but not more than the sum of the amounts shown on Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement, in box 1 (mortgage interest received from payer(s) / borrower(s)), box 4 (mortgage insurance premiums), and box 5 (other information including real property taxes paid). 2012 tax return However, you are not required to use this special method to compute your deduction for mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your main home. 2012 tax return Mortgage assistance payments under section 235 of the National Housing Act. 2012 tax return   If you qualify for mortgage assistance payments for lower-income families under section 235 of the National Housing Act, part or all of the interest on your mortgage may be paid for you. 2012 tax return You cannot deduct the interest that is paid for you. 2012 tax return No other effect on taxes. 2012 tax return   Do not include these mortgage assistance payments in your income. 2012 tax return Also, do not use these payments to reduce other deductions, such as real estate taxes. 2012 tax return Divorced or separated individuals. 2012 tax return   If a divorce or separation agreement requires you or your spouse or former spouse to pay home mortgage interest on a home owned by both of you, the payment of interest may be alimony. 2012 tax return See the discussion of Payments for jointly-owned home under Alimony in Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. 2012 tax return Redeemable ground rents. 2012 tax return   In some states (such as Maryland), you can buy your home subject to a ground rent. 2012 tax return A ground rent is an obligation you assume to pay a fixed amount per year on the property. 2012 tax return Under this arrangement, you are leasing (rather than buying) the land on which your home is located. 2012 tax return   If you make annual or periodic rental payments on a redeemable ground rent, you can deduct them as mortgage interest. 2012 tax return   A ground rent is a redeemable ground rent if all of the following are true. 2012 tax return Your lease, including renewal periods, is for more than 15 years. 2012 tax return You can freely assign the lease. 2012 tax return You have a present or future right (under state or local law) to end the lease and buy the lessor's entire interest in the land by paying a specific amount. 2012 tax return The lessor's interest in the land is primarily a security interest to protect the rental payments to which he or she is entitled. 2012 tax return   Payments made to end the lease and to buy the lessor's entire interest in the land are not deductible as mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Nonredeemable ground rents. 2012 tax return   Payments on a nonredeemable ground rent are not mortgage interest. 2012 tax return You can deduct them as rent if they are a business expense or if they are for rental property. 2012 tax return Reverse mortgages. 2012 tax return   A reverse mortgage is a loan where the lender pays you (in a lump sum, a monthly advance, a line of credit, or a combination of all three) while you continue to live in your home. 2012 tax return With a reverse mortgage, you retain title to your home. 2012 tax return Depending on the plan, your reverse mortgage becomes due with interest when you move, sell your home, reach the end of a pre-selected loan period, or die. 2012 tax return Because reverse mortgages are considered loan advances and not income, the amount you receive is not taxable. 2012 tax return Any interest (including original issue discount) accrued on a reverse mortgage is not deductible until you actually pay it, which is usually when you pay off the loan in full. 2012 tax return Your deduction may be limited because a reverse mortgage loan generally is subject to the limit on Home Equity Debt discussed in Part II. 2012 tax return Rental payments. 2012 tax return   If you live in a house before final settlement on the purchase, any payments you make for that period are rent and not interest. 2012 tax return This is true even if the settlement papers call them interest. 2012 tax return You cannot deduct these payments as home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Mortgage proceeds invested in tax-exempt securities. 2012 tax return   You cannot deduct the home mortgage interest on grandfathered debt or home equity debt if you used the proceeds of the mortgage to buy securities or certificates that produce tax-free income. 2012 tax return “Grandfathered debt” and “home equity debt” are defined in Part II of this publication. 2012 tax return Refunds of interest. 2012 tax return   If you receive a refund of interest in the same tax year you paid it, you must reduce your interest expense by the amount refunded to you. 2012 tax return If you receive a refund of interest you deducted in an earlier year, you generally must include the refund in income in the year you receive it. 2012 tax return However, you need to include it only up to the amount of the deduction that reduced your tax in the earlier year. 2012 tax return This is true whether the interest overcharge was refunded to you or was used to reduce the outstanding principal on your mortgage. 2012 tax return If you need to include the refund in income, report it on Form 1040, line 21. 2012 tax return   If you received a refund of interest you overpaid in an earlier year, you generally will receive a Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement, showing the refund in box 3. 2012 tax return For information about Form 1098, see Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement , later. 2012 tax return   For more information on how to treat refunds of interest deducted in earlier years, see Recoveries in Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. 2012 tax return Cooperative apartment owner. 2012 tax return   If you own a cooperative apartment, you must reduce your home mortgage interest deduction by your share of any cash portion of a patronage dividend that the cooperative receives. 2012 tax return The patronage dividend is a partial refund to the cooperative housing corporation of mortgage interest it paid in a prior year. 2012 tax return   If you receive a Form 1098 from the cooperative housing corporation, the form should show only the amount you can deduct. 2012 tax return Points The term “points” is used to describe certain charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower to obtain a home mortgage. 2012 tax return Points may also be called loan origination fees, maximum loan charges, loan discount, or discount points. 2012 tax return This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 tax return Please click the link to view the image. 2012 tax return Figure B. 2012 tax return Are My Points Fully Deductible This Year? A borrower is treated as paying any points that a home seller pays for the borrower's mortgage. 2012 tax return See Points paid by the seller , later. 2012 tax return General Rule You generally cannot deduct the full amount of points in the year paid. 2012 tax return Because they are prepaid interest, you generally deduct them ratably over the life (term) of the mortgage. 2012 tax return See Deduction Allowed Ratably , next. 2012 tax return For exceptions to the general rule, see Deduction Allowed in Year Paid , later. 2012 tax return Deduction Allowed Ratably If you do not meet the tests listed under Deduction Allowed in Year Paid , later, the loan is not a home improvement loan, or you choose not to deduct your points in full in the year paid, you can deduct the points ratably (equally) over the life of the loan if you meet all the following tests. 2012 tax return You use the cash method of accounting. 2012 tax return This means you report income in the year you receive it and deduct expenses in the year you pay them. 2012 tax return Most individuals use this method. 2012 tax return Your loan is secured by a home. 2012 tax return (The home does not need to be your main home. 2012 tax return ) Your loan period is not more than 30 years. 2012 tax return If your loan period is more than 10 years, the terms of your loan are the same as other loans offered in your area for the same or longer period. 2012 tax return Either your loan amount is $250,000 or less, or the number of points is not more than: 4, if your loan period is 15 years or less, or 6, if your loan period is more than 15 years. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return You use the cash method of accounting. 2012 tax return In 2013, you took out a $100,000 loan payable over 20 years. 2012 tax return The terms of the loan are the same as for other 20-year loans offered in your area. 2012 tax return You paid $4,800 in points. 2012 tax return You made 3 monthly payments on the loan in 2013. 2012 tax return You can deduct $60 [($4,800 ÷ 240 months) x 3 payments] in 2013. 2012 tax return In 2014, if you make all twelve payments, you will be able to deduct $240 ($20 x 12). 2012 tax return Deduction Allowed in Year Paid You can fully deduct points in the year paid if you meet all the following tests. 2012 tax return (You can use Figure B as a quick guide to see whether your points are fully deductible in the year paid. 2012 tax return ) Your loan is secured by your main home. 2012 tax return (Your main home is the one you ordinarily live in most of the time. 2012 tax return ) Paying points is an established business practice in the area where the loan was made. 2012 tax return The points paid were not more than the points generally charged in that area. 2012 tax return You use the cash method of accounting. 2012 tax return This means you report income in the year you receive it and deduct expenses in the year you pay them. 2012 tax return Most individuals use this method. 2012 tax return The points were not paid in place of amounts that ordinarily are stated separately on the settlement statement, such as appraisal fees, inspection fees, title fees, attorney fees, and property taxes. 2012 tax return The funds you provided at or before closing, plus any points the seller paid, were at least as much as the points charged. 2012 tax return The funds you provided are not required to have been applied to the points. 2012 tax return They can include a down payment, an escrow deposit, earnest money, and other funds you paid at or before closing for any purpose. 2012 tax return You cannot have borrowed these funds from your lender or mortgage broker. 2012 tax return You use your loan to buy or build your main home. 2012 tax return The points were computed as a percentage of the principal amount of the mortgage. 2012 tax return The amount is clearly shown on the settlement statement (such as the Settlement Statement, Form HUD-1) as points charged for the mortgage. 2012 tax return The points may be shown as paid from either your funds or the seller's. 2012 tax return Note. 2012 tax return If you meet all of these tests, you can choose to either fully deduct the points in the year paid, or deduct them over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return Home improvement loan. 2012 tax return   You can also fully deduct in the year paid points paid on a loan to improve your main home, if tests (1) through (6) are met. 2012 tax return Second home. 2012 tax return You cannot fully deduct in the year paid points you pay on loans secured by your second home. 2012 tax return You can deduct these points only over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return Refinancing. 2012 tax return   Generally, points you pay to refinance a mortgage are not deductible in full in the year you pay them. 2012 tax return This is true even if the new mortgage is secured by your main home. 2012 tax return   However, if you use part of the refinanced mortgage proceeds to improve your main home and you meet the first 6 tests listed under Deduction Allowed in Year Paid , you can fully deduct the part of the points related to the improvement in the year you paid them with your own funds. 2012 tax return You can deduct the rest of the points over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return Example 1. 2012 tax return In 1998, Bill Fields got a mortgage to buy a home. 2012 tax return In 2013, Bill refinanced that mortgage with a 15-year $100,000 mortgage loan. 2012 tax return The mortgage is secured by his home. 2012 tax return To get the new loan, he had to pay three points ($3,000). 2012 tax return Two points ($2,000) were for prepaid interest, and one point ($1,000) was charged for services, in place of amounts that ordinarily are stated separately on the settlement statement. 2012 tax return Bill paid the points out of his private funds, rather than out of the proceeds of the new loan. 2012 tax return The payment of points is an established practice in the area, and the points charged are not more than the amount generally charged there. 2012 tax return Bill's first payment on the new loan was due July 1. 2012 tax return He made six payments on the loan in 2013 and is a cash basis taxpayer. 2012 tax return Bill used the funds from the new mortgage to repay his existing mortgage. 2012 tax return Although the new mortgage loan was for Bill's continued ownership of his main home, it was not for the purchase or improvement of that home. 2012 tax return He cannot deduct all of the points in 2013. 2012 tax return He can deduct two points ($2,000) ratably over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return He deducts $67 [($2,000 ÷ 180 months) × 6 payments] of the points in 2013. 2012 tax return The other point ($1,000) was a fee for services and is not deductible. 2012 tax return Example 2. 2012 tax return The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that Bill used $25,000 of the loan proceeds to improve his home and $75,000 to repay his existing mortgage. 2012 tax return Bill deducts 25% ($25,000 ÷ $100,000) of the points ($2,000) in 2013. 2012 tax return His deduction is $500 ($2,000 × 25%). 2012 tax return Bill also deducts the ratable part of the remaining $1,500 ($2,000 − $500) that must be spread over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return This is $50 [($1,500 ÷ 180 months) × 6 payments] in 2013. 2012 tax return The total amount Bill deducts in 2013 is $550 ($500 + $50). 2012 tax return Special Situations This section describes certain special situations that may affect your deduction of points. 2012 tax return Original issue discount. 2012 tax return   If you do not qualify to either deduct the points in the year paid or deduct them ratably over the life of the loan, or if you choose not to use either of these methods, the points reduce the issue price of the loan. 2012 tax return This reduction results in original issue discount, which is discussed in chapter 4 of Publication 535. 2012 tax return Amounts charged for services. 2012 tax return    Amounts charged by the lender for specific services connected to the loan are not interest. 2012 tax return Examples of these charges are: Appraisal fees, Notary fees, and Preparation costs for the mortgage note or deed of trust. 2012 tax return  You cannot deduct these amounts as points either in the year paid or over the life of the mortgage. 2012 tax return Points paid by the seller. 2012 tax return   The term “points” includes loan placement fees that the seller pays to the lender to arrange financing for the buyer. 2012 tax return Treatment by seller. 2012 tax return   The seller cannot deduct these fees as interest. 2012 tax return But they are a selling expense that reduces the amount realized by the seller. 2012 tax return See Publication 523 for information on selling your home. 2012 tax return Treatment by buyer. 2012 tax return   The buyer reduces the basis of the home by the amount of the seller-paid points and treats the points as if he or she had paid them. 2012 tax return If all the tests under Deduction Allowed in Year Paid , earlier, are met, the buyer can deduct the points in the year paid. 2012 tax return If any of those tests are not met, the buyer deducts the points over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return   If you need information about the basis of your home, see Publication 523 or Publication 530. 2012 tax return Funds provided are less than points. 2012 tax return   If you meet all the tests in Deduction Allowed in Year Paid , earlier, except that the funds you provided were less than the points charged to you (test (6)), you can deduct the points in the year paid, up to the amount of funds you provided. 2012 tax return In addition, you can deduct any points paid by the seller. 2012 tax return Example 1. 2012 tax return When you took out a $100,000 mortgage loan to buy your home in December, you were charged one point ($1,000). 2012 tax return You meet all the tests for deducting points in the year paid, except the only funds you provided were a $750 down payment. 2012 tax return Of the $1,000 charged for points, you can deduct $750 in the year paid. 2012 tax return You spread the remaining $250 over the life of the mortgage. 2012 tax return Example 2. 2012 tax return The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that the person who sold you your home also paid one point ($1,000) to help you get your mortgage. 2012 tax return In the year paid, you can deduct $1,750 ($750 of the amount you were charged plus the $1,000 paid by the seller). 2012 tax return You spread the remaining $250 over the life of the mortgage. 2012 tax return You must reduce the basis of your home by the $1,000 paid by the seller. 2012 tax return Excess points. 2012 tax return   If you meet all the tests in Deduction Allowed in Year Paid , earlier, except that the points paid were more than generally paid in your area (test (3)), you deduct in the year paid only the points that are generally charged. 2012 tax return You must spread any additional points over the life of the mortgage. 2012 tax return Mortgage ending early. 2012 tax return   If you spread your deduction for points over the life of the mortgage, you can deduct any remaining balance in the year the mortgage ends. 2012 tax return However, if you refinance the mortgage with the same lender, you cannot deduct any remaining balance of spread points. 2012 tax return Instead, deduct the remaining balance over the term of the new loan. 2012 tax return   A mortgage may end early due to a prepayment, refinancing, foreclosure, or similar event. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return Dan paid $3,000 in points in 2002 that he had to spread out over the 15-year life of the mortgage. 2012 tax return He deducts $200 points per year. 2012 tax return Through 2012, Dan has deducted $2,200 of the points. 2012 tax return Dan prepaid his mortgage in full in 2013. 2012 tax return He can deduct the remaining $800 of points in 2013. 2012 tax return Limits on deduction. 2012 tax return   You cannot fully deduct points paid on a mortgage that exceeds the limits discussed in Part II . 2012 tax return See the Table 1 Instructions for line 10. 2012 tax return Form 1098. 2012 tax return    The mortgage interest statement you receive should show not only the total interest paid during the year, but also your deductible points paid during the year. 2012 tax return See Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement , later. 2012 tax return Mortgage Insurance Premiums You can treat amounts you paid during 2013 for qualified mortgage insurance as home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return The insurance must be in connection with home acquisition debt, and the insurance contract must have been issued after 2006. 2012 tax return Qualified mortgage insurance. 2012 tax return   Qualified mortgage insurance is mortgage insurance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Housing Administration, or the Rural Housing Service, and private mortgage insurance (as defined in section 2 of the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 as in effect on December 20, 2006). 2012 tax return   Mortgage insurance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs is commonly known as a funding fee. 2012 tax return If provided by the Rural Housing Service, it is commonly known as a guarantee fee. 2012 tax return The funding fee and guarantee fee can either be included in the amount of the loan or paid in full at the time of closing. 2012 tax return These fees can be deducted fully in 2013 if the mortgage insurance contract was issued in 2013. 2012 tax return Contact the mortgage insurance issuer to determine the deductible amount if it is not reported in box 4 of Form 1098. 2012 tax return Special rules for prepaid mortgage insurance. 2012 tax return   Generally, if you paid premiums for qualified mortgage insurance that are properly allocable to periods after the close of the tax year, such premiums are treated as paid in the period to which they are allocated. 2012 tax return You must allocate the premiums over the shorter of the stated term of the mortgage or 84 months, beginning with the month the insurance was obtained. 2012 tax return No deduction is allowed for the unamortized balance if the mortgage is satisfied before its term. 2012 tax return This paragraph does not apply to qualified mortgage insurance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Rural Housing Service. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return Ryan purchased a home in May of 2012 and financed the home with a 15-year mortgage. 2012 tax return Ryan also prepaid all of the $9,240 in private mortgage insurance required at the time of closing in May. 2012 tax return Since the $9,240 in private mortgage insurance is allocable to periods after 2012, Ryan must allocate the $9,240 over the shorter of the life of the mortgage or 84 months. 2012 tax return Ryan's adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2012 is $76,000. 2012 tax return Ryan can deduct $880 ($9,240 ÷ 84 x 8 months) for qualified mortgage insurance premiums in 2012. 2012 tax return For 2013, Ryan can deduct $1,320 ($9,240 ÷ 84 x 12 months) if his AGI is $100,000 or less. 2012 tax return In this example, the mortgage insurance premiums are allocated over 84 months, which is shorter than the life of the mortgage of 15 years (180 months). 2012 tax return Limit on deduction. 2012 tax return   If your adjusted gross income on Form 1040, line 38, is more than $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately), the amount of your mortgage insurance premiums that are otherwise deductible is reduced and may be eliminated. 2012 tax return See Line 13 in the instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040) and complete the Mortgage Insurance Premiums Deduction Worksheet to figure the amount you can deduct. 2012 tax return If your adjusted gross income is more than $109,000 ($54,500 if married filing separately), you cannot deduct your mortgage insurance premiums. 2012 tax return Form 1098. 2012 tax return   The mortgage interest statement you receive should show not only the total interest paid during the year, but also your mortgage insurance premiums paid during the year, which may qualify to be treated as deductible mortgage interest. 2012 tax return See Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement, next. 2012 tax return Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest (including certain points and mortgage insurance premiums) during the year on any one mortgage, you generally will receive a Form 1098 or a similar statement from the mortgage holder. 2012 tax return You will receive the statement if you pay interest to a person (including a financial institution or cooperative housing corporation) in the course of that person's trade or business. 2012 tax return A governmental unit is a person for purposes of furnishing the statement. 2012 tax return The statement for each year should be sent to you by January 31 of the following year. 2012 tax return A copy of this form will also be sent to the IRS. 2012 tax return The statement will show the total interest you paid during the year, any mortgage insurance premiums you paid, and if you purchased a main home during the year, it also will show the deductible points paid during the year, including seller-paid points. 2012 tax return However, it should not show any interest that was paid for you by a government agency. 2012 tax return As a general rule, Form 1098 will include only points that you can fully deduct in the year paid. 2012 tax return However, certain points not included on Form 1098 also may be deductible, either in the year paid or over the life of the loan. 2012 tax return See the earlier discussion of Points to determine whether you can deduct points not shown on Form 1098. 2012 tax return Prepaid interest on Form 1098. 2012 tax return   If you prepaid interest in 2013 that accrued in full by January 15, 2014, this prepaid interest may be included in box 1 of Form 1098. 2012 tax return However, you cannot deduct the prepaid amount for January 2014 in 2013. 2012 tax return (See Prepaid interest , earlier. 2012 tax return ) You will have to figure the interest that accrued for 2014 and subtract it from the amount in box 1. 2012 tax return You will include the interest for January 2014 with other interest you pay for 2014. 2012 tax return Refunded interest. 2012 tax return   If you received a refund of mortgage interest you overpaid in an earlier year, you generally will receive a Form 1098 showing the refund in box 3. 2012 tax return See Refunds of interest , earlier. 2012 tax return Mortgage insurance premiums. 2012 tax return   The amount of mortgage insurance premiums you paid during 2013 may be shown in Box 4 of Form 1098. 2012 tax return See Mortgage Insurance Premiums , earlier. 2012 tax return How To Report Deduct the home mortgage interest and points reported to you on Form 1098 on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 10. 2012 tax return If you paid more deductible interest to the financial institution than the amount shown on Form 1098, show the larger deductible amount on line 10. 2012 tax return Attach a statement explaining the difference and print “See attached” next to line 10. 2012 tax return Deduct home mortgage interest that was not reported to you on Form 1098 on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 11. 2012 tax return If you paid home mortgage interest to the person from whom you bought your home, show that person's name, address, and taxpayer identification number (TIN) on the dotted lines next to line 11. 2012 tax return The seller must give you this number and you must give the seller your TIN. 2012 tax return A Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, can be used for this purpose. 2012 tax return Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in a $50 penalty for each failure. 2012 tax return The TIN can be either a social security number, an individual taxpayer identification number (issued by the Internal Revenue Service), or an employer identification number. 2012 tax return If you can take a deduction for points that were not reported to you on Form 1098, deduct those points on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 12. 2012 tax return Deduct mortgage insurance premiums on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 13. 2012 tax return More than one borrower. 2012 tax return   If you and at least one other person (other than your spouse if you file a joint return) were liable for and paid interest on a mortgage that was for your home, and the other person received a Form 1098 showing the interest that was paid during the year, attach a statement to your return explaining this. 2012 tax return Show how much of the interest each of you paid, and give the name and address of the person who received the form. 2012 tax return Deduct your share of the interest on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 11, and print “See attached” next to the line. 2012 tax return Also, deduct your share of any qualified mortgage insurance premiums on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 13. 2012 tax return   Similarly, if you are the payer of record on a mortgage on which there are other borrowers entitled to a deduction for the interest shown on the Form 1098 you received, deduct only your share of the interest on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 10. 2012 tax return Let each of the other borrowers know what his or her share is. 2012 tax return Mortgage proceeds used for business or investment. 2012 tax return   If your home mortgage interest deduction is limited under the rules explained in Part II , but all or part of the mortgage proceeds were used for business, investment, or other deductible activities, see Table 2 near the end of this publication. 2012 tax return It shows where to deduct the part of your excess interest that is for those activities. 2012 tax return The Table 1 Instructions for line 13 in Part II explain how to divide the excess interest among the activities for which the mortgage proceeds were used. 2012 tax return Special Rule for Tenant-Stockholders in Cooperative Housing Corporations A qualified home includes stock in a cooperative housing corporation owned by a tenant-stockholder. 2012 tax return This applies only if the tenant-stockholder is entitled to live in the house or apartment because of owning stock in the cooperative. 2012 tax return Cooperative housing corporation. 2012 tax return   This is a corporation that meets all of the following conditions. 2012 tax return Has only one class of stock outstanding, Has no stockholders other than those who own the stock that can live in a house, apartment, or house trailer owned or leased by the corporation, Has no stockholders who can receive any distribution out of capital other than on a liquidation of the corporation, and Meets at least one of the following requirements. 2012 tax return Receives at least 80% of its gross income for the year in which the mortgage interest is paid or incurred from tenant-stockholders. 2012 tax return For this purpose, gross income is all income received during the entire year, including amounts received before the corporation changed to cooperative ownership. 2012 tax return At all times during the year, at least 80% of the total square footage of the corporation's property is used or available for use by the tenant-stockholders for residential or residential-related use. 2012 tax return At least 90% of the corporation's expenditures paid or incurred during the year are for the acquisition, construction, management, maintenance, or care of corporate property for the benefit of the tenant-stockholders. 2012 tax return Stock used to secure debt. 2012 tax return   In some cases, you cannot use your cooperative housing stock to secure a debt because of either: Restrictions under local or state law, or Restrictions in the cooperative agreement (other than restrictions in which the main purpose is to permit the tenant- stockholder to treat unsecured debt as secured debt). 2012 tax return However, you can treat a debt as secured by the stock to the extent that the proceeds are used to buy the stock under the allocation of interest rules. 2012 tax return See chapter 4 of Publication 535 for details on these rules. 2012 tax return Figuring deductible home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return   Generally, if you are a tenant-stockholder, you can deduct payments you make for your share of the interest paid or incurred by the cooperative. 2012 tax return The interest must be on a debt to buy, build, change, improve, or maintain the cooperative's housing, or on a debt to buy the land. 2012 tax return   Figure your share of this interest by multiplying the total by the following fraction. 2012 tax return      Your shares of stock in the cooperative   The total shares of stock in the cooperative Limits on deduction. 2012 tax return   To figure how the limits discussed in Part II apply to you, treat your share of the cooperative's debt as debt incurred by you. 2012 tax return The cooperative should determine your share of its grandfathered debt, its home acquisition debt, and its home equity debt. 2012 tax return (Your share of each of these types of debt is equal to the average balance of each debt multiplied by the fraction just given. 2012 tax return ) After your share of the average balance of each type of debt is determined, you include it with the average balance of that type of debt secured by your stock. 2012 tax return Form 1098. 2012 tax return    The cooperative should give you a Form 1098 showing your share of the interest. 2012 tax return Use the rules in this publication to determine your deductible mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Part II. 2012 tax return Limits on Home Mortgage Interest Deduction This part of the publication discusses the limits on deductible home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return These limits apply to your home mortgage interest expense if you have a home mortgage that does not fit into any of the three categories listed at the beginning of Part I under Fully deductible interest . 2012 tax return Your home mortgage interest deduction is limited to the interest on the part of your home mortgage debt that is not more than your qualified loan limit. 2012 tax return This is the part of your home mortgage debt that is grandfathered debt or that is not more than the limits for home acquisition debt and home equity debt. 2012 tax return Table 1 can help you figure your qualified loan limit and your deductible home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Home Acquisition Debt Home acquisition debt is a mortgage you took out after October 13, 1987, to buy, build, or substantially improve a qualified home (your main or second home). 2012 tax return It also must be secured by that home. 2012 tax return If the amount of your mortgage is more than the cost of the home plus the cost of any substantial improvements, only the debt that is not more than the cost of the home plus improvements qualifies as home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return The additional debt may qualify as home equity debt (discussed later). 2012 tax return Home acquisition debt limit. 2012 tax return   The total amount you can treat as home acquisition debt at any time on your main home and second home cannot be more than $1 million ($500,000 if married filing separately). 2012 tax return This limit is reduced (but not below zero) by the amount of your grandfathered debt (discussed later). 2012 tax return Debt over this limit may qualify as home equity debt (also discussed later). 2012 tax return Refinanced home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return   Any secured debt you use to refinance home acquisition debt is treated as home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return However, the new debt will qualify as home acquisition debt only up to the amount of the balance of the old mortgage principal just before the refinancing. 2012 tax return Any additional debt not used to buy, build, or substantially improve a qualified home is not home acquisition debt, but may qualify as home equity debt (discussed later). 2012 tax return Mortgage that qualifies later. 2012 tax return   A mortgage that does not qualify as home acquisition debt because it does not meet all the requirements may qualify at a later time. 2012 tax return For example, a debt that you use to buy your home may not qualify as home acquisition debt because it is not secured by the home. 2012 tax return However, if the debt is later secured by the home, it may qualify as home acquisition debt after that time. 2012 tax return Similarly, a debt that you use to buy property may not qualify because the property is not a qualified home. 2012 tax return However, if the property later becomes a qualified home, the debt may qualify after that time. 2012 tax return Mortgage treated as used to buy, build, or improve home. 2012 tax return   A mortgage secured by a qualified home may be treated as home acquisition debt, even if you do not actually use the proceeds to buy, build, or substantially improve the home. 2012 tax return This applies in the following situations. 2012 tax return You buy your home within 90 days before or after the date you take out the mortgage. 2012 tax return The home acquisition debt is limited to the home's cost, plus the cost of any substantial improvements within the limit described below in (2) or (3). 2012 tax return (See Example 1 later. 2012 tax return ) You build or improve your home and take out the mortgage before the work is completed. 2012 tax return The home acquisition debt is limited to the amount of the expenses incurred within 24 months before the date of the mortgage. 2012 tax return You build or improve your home and take out the mortgage within 90 days after the work is completed. 2012 tax return The home acquisition debt is limited to the amount of the expenses incurred within the period beginning 24 months before the work is completed and ending on the date of the mortgage. 2012 tax return (See Example 2 later. 2012 tax return ) Example 1. 2012 tax return You bought your main home on June 3 for $175,000. 2012 tax return You paid for the home with cash you got from the sale of your old home. 2012 tax return On July 15, you took out a mortgage of $150,000 secured by your main home. 2012 tax return You used the $150,000 to invest in stocks. 2012 tax return You can treat the mortgage as taken out to buy your home because you bought the home within 90 days before you took out the mortgage. 2012 tax return The entire mortgage qualifies as home acquisition debt because it was not more than the home's cost. 2012 tax return Example 2. 2012 tax return On January 31, John began building a home on the lot that he owned. 2012 tax return He used $45,000 of his personal funds to build the home. 2012 tax return The home was completed on October 31. 2012 tax return On November 21, John took out a $36,000 mortgage that was secured by the home. 2012 tax return The mortgage can be treated as used to build the home because it was taken out within 90 days after the home was completed. 2012 tax return The entire mortgage qualifies as home acquisition debt because it was not more than the expenses incurred within the period beginning 24 months before the home was completed. 2012 tax return This is illustrated by Figure C. 2012 tax return   Please click here for the text description of the image. 2012 tax return Figure C. 2012 tax return John's example Date of the mortgage. 2012 tax return   The date you take out your mortgage is the day the loan proceeds are disbursed. 2012 tax return This is generally the closing date. 2012 tax return You can treat the day you apply in writing for your mortgage as the date you take it out. 2012 tax return However, this applies only if you receive the loan proceeds within a reasonable time (such as within 30 days) after your application is approved. 2012 tax return If a timely application you make is rejected, a reasonable additional time will be allowed to make a new application. 2012 tax return Cost of home or improvements. 2012 tax return   To determine your cost, include amounts paid to acquire any interest in a qualified home or to substantially improve the home. 2012 tax return   The cost of building or substantially improving a qualified home includes the costs to acquire real property and building materials, fees for architects and design plans, and required building permits. 2012 tax return Substantial improvement. 2012 tax return   An improvement is substantial if it: Adds to the value of your home, Prolongs your home's useful life, or Adapts your home to new uses. 2012 tax return    Repairs that maintain your home in good condition, such as repainting your home, are not substantial improvements. 2012 tax return However, if you paint your home as part of a renovation that substantially improves your qualified home, you can include the painting costs in the cost of the improvements. 2012 tax return Acquiring an interest in a home because of a divorce. 2012 tax return   If you incur debt to acquire the interest of a spouse or former spouse in a home, because of a divorce or legal separation, you can treat that debt as home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return Part of home not a qualified home. 2012 tax return    To figure your home acquisition debt, you must divide the cost of your home and improvements between the part of your home that is a qualified home and any part that is not a qualified home. 2012 tax return See Divided use of your home under Qualified Home in Part I. 2012 tax return Home Equity Debt If you took out a loan for reasons other than to buy, build, or substantially improve your home, it may qualify as home equity debt. 2012 tax return In addition, debt you incurred to buy, build, or substantially improve your home, to the extent it is more than the home acquisition debt limit (discussed earlier), may qualify as home equity debt. 2012 tax return Home equity debt is a mortgage you took out after October 13, 1987, that: Does not qualify as home acquisition debt or as grandfathered debt, and Is secured by your qualified home. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return You bought your home for cash 10 years ago. 2012 tax return You did not have a mortgage on your home until last year, when you took out a $50,000 loan, secured by your home, to pay for your daughter's college tuition and your father's medical bills. 2012 tax return This loan is home equity debt. 2012 tax return Home equity debt limit. 2012 tax return   There is a limit on the amount of debt that can be treated as home equity debt. 2012 tax return The total home equity debt on your main home and second home is limited to the smaller of: $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately), or The total of each home's fair market value (FMV) reduced (but not below zero) by the amount of its home acquisition debt and grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return Determine the FMV and the outstanding home acquisition and grandfathered debt for each home on the date that the last debt was secured by the home. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return You own one home that you bought in 2000. 2012 tax return Its FMV now is $110,000, and the current balance on your original mortgage (home acquisition debt) is $95,000. 2012 tax return Bank M offers you a home mortgage loan of 125% of the FMV of the home less any outstanding mortgages or other liens. 2012 tax return To consolidate some of your other debts, you take out a $42,500 home mortgage loan [(125% × $110,000) − $95,000] with Bank M. 2012 tax return Your home equity debt is limited to $15,000. 2012 tax return This is the smaller of: $100,000, the maximum limit, or $15,000, the amount that the FMV of $110,000 exceeds the amount of home acquisition debt of $95,000. 2012 tax return Debt higher than limit. 2012 tax return   Interest on amounts over the home equity debt limit (such as the interest on $27,500 [$42,500 − $15,000] in the preceding example) generally is treated as personal interest and is not deductible. 2012 tax return But if the proceeds of the loan were used for investment, business, or other deductible purposes, the interest may be deductible. 2012 tax return If it is, see the Table 1 Instructions for line 13 for an explanation of how to allocate the excess interest. 2012 tax return Part of home not a qualified home. 2012 tax return   To figure the limit on your home equity debt, you must divide the FMV of your home between the part that is a qualified home and any part that is not a qualified home. 2012 tax return See Divided use of your home under Qualified Home in Part I. 2012 tax return Fair market value (FMV). 2012 tax return    This is the price at which the home would change hands between you and a buyer, neither having to sell or buy, and both having reasonable knowledge of all relevant facts. 2012 tax return Sales of similar homes in your area, on about the same date your last debt was secured by the home, may be helpful in figuring the FMV. 2012 tax return Grandfathered Debt If you took out a mortgage on your home before October 14, 1987, or you refinanced such a mortgage, it may qualify as grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return To qualify, it must have been secured by your qualified home on October 13, 1987, and at all times after that date. 2012 tax return How you used the proceeds does not matter. 2012 tax return Grandfathered debt is not limited. 2012 tax return All of the interest you paid on grandfathered debt is fully deductible home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return However, the amount of your grandfathered debt reduces the $1 million limit for home acquisition debt and the limit based on your home's fair market value for home equity debt. 2012 tax return Refinanced grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return   If you refinanced grandfathered debt after October 13, 1987, for an amount that was not more than the mortgage principal left on the debt, then you still treat it as grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return To the extent the new debt is more than that mortgage principal, it is treated as home acquisition or home equity debt, and the mortgage is a mixed-use mortgage (discussed later under Average Mortgage Balance in the Table 1 instructions). 2012 tax return The debt must be secured by the qualified home. 2012 tax return   You treat grandfathered debt that was refinanced after October 13, 1987, as grandfathered debt only for the term left on the debt that was refinanced. 2012 tax return After that, you treat it as home acquisition debt or home equity debt, depending on how you used the proceeds. 2012 tax return Exception. 2012 tax return   If the debt before refinancing was like a balloon note (the principal on the debt was not amortized over the term of the debt), then you treat the refinanced debt as grandfathered debt for the term of the first refinancing. 2012 tax return This term cannot be more than 30 years. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return Chester took out a $200,000 first mortgage on his home in 1986. 2012 tax return The mortgage was a five-year balloon note and the entire balance on the note was due in 1991. 2012 tax return Chester refinanced the debt in 1991 with a new 20-year mortgage. 2012 tax return The refinanced debt is treated as grandfathered debt for its entire term (20 years). 2012 tax return Line-of-credit mortgage. 2012 tax return    If you had a line-of-credit mortgage on October 13, 1987, and borrowed additional amounts against it after that date, then the additional amounts are either home acquisition debt or home equity debt depending on how you used the proceeds. 2012 tax return The balance on the mortgage before you borrowed the additional amounts is grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return The newly borrowed amounts are not grandfathered debt because the funds were borrowed after October 13, 1987. 2012 tax return See Average Mortgage Balance in the Table 1 Instructions that follow. 2012 tax return Table 1 Instructions Unless you are subject to the overall limit on itemized deductions, you can deduct all of the interest you paid during the year on mortgages secured by your main home or second home in either of the following two situations. 2012 tax return All the mortgages are grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return The total of the mortgage balances for the entire year is within the limits discussed earlier under Home Acquisition Debt and Home Equity Debt . 2012 tax return In either of those cases, you do not need Table 1. 2012 tax return Otherwise, you can use Table 1 to determine your qualified loan limit and deductible home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Fill out only one Table 1 for both your main and second home regardless of how many mortgages you have. 2012 tax return Table 1. 2012 tax return Worksheet To Figure Your Qualified Loan Limit and Deductible Home Mortgage Interest For the Current Year See the Table 1 Instructions. 2012 tax return Part I Qualified Loan Limit 1. 2012 tax return Enter the average balance of all your grandfathered debt. 2012 tax return See line 1 instructions 1. 2012 tax return   2. 2012 tax return Enter the average balance of all your home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return See line 2 instructions 2. 2012 tax return   3. 2012 tax return Enter $1,000,000 ($500,000 if married filing separately) 3. 2012 tax return   4. 2012 tax return Enter the larger of the amount on line 1 or the amount on line 3 4. 2012 tax return   5. 2012 tax return Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2. 2012 tax return Enter the total here 5. 2012 tax return   6. 2012 tax return Enter the smaller of the amount on line 4 or the amount on line 5 6. 2012 tax return   7. 2012 tax return If you have home equity debt, enter the smaller of $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately) or your limited amount. 2012 tax return See the line 7 instructions for the limit which may apply to you. 2012 tax return 7. 2012 tax return   8. 2012 tax return Add the amounts on lines 6 and 7. 2012 tax return Enter the total. 2012 tax return This is your qualified loan limit. 2012 tax return 8. 2012 tax return   Part II Deductible Home Mortgage Interest 9. 2012 tax return Enter the total of the average balances of all mortgages on all qualified homes. 2012 tax return  See line 9 instructions 9. 2012 tax return     If line 8 is less than line 9, go on to line 10. 2012 tax return If line 8 is equal to or more than line 9, stop here. 2012 tax return All of your interest on all the mortgages included on line 9 is deductible as home mortgage interest on Schedule A (Form 1040). 2012 tax return     10. 2012 tax return Enter the total amount of interest that you paid. 2012 tax return See line 10 instructions 10. 2012 tax return   11. 2012 tax return Divide the amount on line 8 by the amount on line 9. 2012 tax return Enter the result as a decimal amount (rounded to three places) 11. 2012 tax return × . 2012 tax return 12. 2012 tax return Multiply the amount on line 10 by the decimal amount on line 11. 2012 tax return Enter the result. 2012 tax return This is your deductible home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return Enter this amount on Schedule A (Form 1040) 12. 2012 tax return   13. 2012 tax return Subtract the amount on line 12 from the amount on line 10. 2012 tax return Enter the result. 2012 tax return This is not home mortgage interest. 2012 tax return See line 13 instructions 13. 2012 tax return   Home equity debt only. 2012 tax return   If all of your mortgages are home equity debt, do not fill in lines 1 through 5. 2012 tax return Enter zero on line 6 and complete the rest of Table 1. 2012 tax return Average Mortgage Balance You have to figure the average balance of each mortgage to determine your qualified loan limit. 2012 tax return You need these amounts to complete lines 1, 2, and 9 of Table 1. 2012 tax return You can use the highest mortgage balances during the year, but you may benefit most by using the average balances. 2012 tax return The following are methods you can use to figure your average mortgage balances. 2012 tax return However, if a mortgage has more than one category of debt, see Mixed-use mortgages , later, in this section. 2012 tax return Average of first and last balance method. 2012 tax return   You can use this method if all the following apply. 2012 tax return You did not borrow any new amounts on the mortgage during the year. 2012 tax return (This does not include borrowing the original mortgage amount. 2012 tax return ) You did not prepay more than one month's principal during the year. 2012 tax return (This includes prepayment by refinancing your home or by applying proceeds from its sale. 2012 tax return ) You had to make level payments at fixed equal intervals on at least a semi-annual basis. 2012 tax return You treat your payments as level even if they were adjusted from time to time because of changes in the interest rate. 2012 tax return    To figure your average balance, complete the following worksheet. 2012 tax return    1. 2012 tax return Enter the balance as of the first day of the year that the mortgage was secured by your qualified home during the year (generally January 1)   2. 2012 tax return Enter the balance as of the last day of the year that the mortgage was secured by your qualified home during the year (generally December 31)   3. 2012 tax return Add amounts on lines 1 and 2   4. 2012 tax return Divide the amount on line 3 by 2. 2012 tax return Enter the result   Interest paid divided by interest rate method. 2012 tax return   You can use this method if at all times in 2013 the mortgage was secured by your qualified home and the interest was paid at least monthly. 2012 tax return    Complete the following worksheet to figure your average balance. 2012 tax return    1. 2012 tax return Enter the interest paid in 2013. 2012 tax return Do not include points, mortgage insurance premiums, or any interest paid in 2013 that is for a year after 2013. 2012 tax return However, do include interest that is for 2013 but was paid in an earlier year   2. 2012 tax return Enter the annual interest rate on the mortgage. 2012 tax return If the interest rate varied in 2013, use the lowest rate for the year   3. 2012 tax return Divide the amount on line 1 by the amount on line 2. 2012 tax return Enter the result   Example. 2012 tax return Mr. 2012 tax return Blue had a line of credit secured by his main home all year. 2012 tax return He paid interest of $2,500 on this loan. 2012 tax return The interest rate on the loan was 9% (. 2012 tax return 09) all year. 2012 tax return His average balance using this method is $27,778, figured as follows. 2012 tax return 1. 2012 tax return Enter the interest paid in 2013. 2012 tax return Do not include points, mortgage insurance premiums, or any interest paid in 2013 that is for a year after 2013. 2012 tax return However, do include interest that is for 2013 but was paid in an earlier year $2,500 2. 2012 tax return Enter the annual interest rate on the mortgage. 2012 tax return If the interest rate varied in 2013, use the lowest rate for the year . 2012 tax return 09 3. 2012 tax return Divide the amount on line 1 by the amount on line 2. 2012 tax return Enter the result $27,778 Statements provided by your lender. 2012 tax return   If you receive monthly statements showing the closing balance or the average balance for the month, you can use either to figure your average balance for the year. 2012 tax return You can treat the balance as zero for any month the mortgage was not secured by your qualified home. 2012 tax return   For each mortgage, figure your average balance by adding your monthly closing or average balances and dividing that total by the number of months the home secured by that mortgage was a qualified home during the year. 2012 tax return   If your lender can give you your average balance for the year, you can use that amount. 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return Ms. 2012 tax return Brown had a home equity loan secured by her main home all year. 2012 tax return She received monthly statements showing her average balance for each month. 2012 tax return She can figure her average balance for the year by adding her monthly average balances and dividing the total by 12. 2012 tax return Mixed-use mortgages. 2012 tax return   A mixed-use mortgage is a loan that consists of more than one of the three categories of debt (grandfathered debt, home acquisition debt, and home equity debt). 2012 tax return For example, a mortgage you took out during the year is a mixed-use mortgage if you used its proceeds partly to refinance a mortgage that you took out in an earlier year to buy your home (home acquisition debt) and partly to buy a car (home equity debt). 2012 tax return   Complete lines 1 and 2 of Table 1 by including the separate average balances of any grandfathered debt and home acquisition debt in your mixed-use mortgage. 2012 tax return Do not use the methods described earlier in this section to figure the average balance of either category. 2012 tax return Instead, for each category, use the following method. 2012 tax return Figure the balance of that category of debt for each month. 2012 tax return This is the amount of the loan proceeds allocated to that category, reduced by your principal payments on the mortgage previously applied to that category. 2012 tax return Principal payments on a mixed-use mortgage are applied in full to each category of debt, until its balance is zero, in the following order: First, any home equity debt, Next, any grandfathered debt, and Finally, any home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return Add together the monthly balances figured in (1). 2012 tax return Divide the result in (2) by 12. 2012 tax return   Complete line 9 of Table 1 by including the average balance of the entire mixed-use mortgage, figured under one of the methods described earlier in this section. 2012 tax return Example 1. 2012 tax return In 1986, Sharon took out a $1,400,000 mortgage to buy her main home (grandfathered debt). 2012 tax return On March 2, 2013, when the home had a fair market value of $1,700,000 and she owed $1,100,000 on the mortgage, Sharon took out a second mortgage for $200,000. 2012 tax return She used $180,000 of the proceeds to make substantial improvements to her home (home acquisition debt) and the remaining $20,000 to buy a car (home equity debt). 2012 tax return Under the loan agreement, Sharon must make principal payments of $1,000 at the end of each month. 2012 tax return During 2013, her principal payments on the second mortgage totaled $10,000. 2012 tax return To complete Table 1, line 2, Sharon must figure a separate average balance for the part of her second mortgage that is home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return The January and February balances were zero. 2012 tax return The March through December balances were all $180,000, because none of her principal payments are applied to the home acquisition debt. 2012 tax return (They are all applied to the home equity debt, reducing it to $10,000 [$20,000 − $10,000]. 2012 tax return ) The monthly balances of the home acquisition debt total $1,800,000 ($180,000 × 10). 2012 tax return Therefore, the average balance of the home acquisition debt for 2013 was $150,000 ($1,800,000 ÷ 12). 2012 tax return Example 2. 2012 tax return The facts are the same as in Example 1. 2012 tax return In 2014, Sharon's January through October principal payments on her second mortgage are applied to the home equity debt, reducing it to zero. 2012 tax return The balance of the home acquisition debt remains $180,000 for each of those months. 2012 tax return Because her November and December principal payments are applied to the home acquisition debt, the November balance is $179,000 ($180,000 − $1,000) and the December balance is $178,000 ($180,000 − $2,000). 2012 tax return The monthly balances total $2,157,000 [($180,000 × 10) + $179,000 + $178,000]. 2012 tax return Therefore, the average balance of the home acquisition debt for 2014 is $179,750 ($2,157,000 ÷ 12). 2012 tax return L
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2012 tax return Publication 972 - Main Content Table of Contents Child Tax CreditQualifying Child Limits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Earned Income Additional Child Tax Credit How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Child Tax Credit This credit is for people who have a qualifying child as defined later. 2012 tax return It is in addition to the credit for child and dependent care expenses (on Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46) and the earned income credit (on Form 1040, line 64a; or Form 1040A, line 38a). 2012 tax return The maximum amount you can claim for the credit is $1,000 for each qualifying child. 2012 tax return Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return citizen, a U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return national, or a U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return resident alien. 2012 tax return For more information, see Publication 519, U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return Tax Guide for Aliens. 2012 tax return If the child was adopted, see Adopted child , later. 2012 tax return For each qualifying child, you must either check the box on Form 1040 or Form 1040A, line 6c, column (4); or Form 1040NR, line 7c, column (4). 2012 tax return Example. 2012 tax return Your 10-year-old nephew lives in Mexico and qualifies as your dependent. 2012 tax return Because he is not a U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return citizen, U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return national, or U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return resident alien, he is not a qualifying child for the child tax credit. 2012 tax return Filers who have certain child dependents with an IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). 2012 tax return   If you are claiming a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a child identified on your tax return with an ITIN, you must complete Part I of Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040). 2012 tax return   Although a child may be your dependent, you may only claim a child tax credit or additional child tax credit for a dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States. 2012 tax return To be treated as a resident of the United States, a child generally will need to meet the requirements of the substantial presence test. 2012 tax return For more information about the substantial presence test, see Publication 519, U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return Tax Guide for Aliens. 2012 tax return Adopted child. 2012 tax return   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. 2012 tax return An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. 2012 tax return   If you are a U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return citizen or U. 2012 tax return S. 2012 tax return national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household in 2013, that child meets condition (7) above to be a qualifying child for the child tax credit. 2012 tax return Exceptions to time lived with you. 2012 tax return    A child is considered to have lived with you for more than half of 2013 if the child was born or died in 2013 and your home was this child's home for more than half the time he or she was alive. 2012 tax return Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you. 2012 tax return   There are also exceptions for kidnapped children and children of divorced or separated parents. 2012 tax return For details, see the instructions for line 6c in either the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. 2012 tax return Qualifying child of more than one person. 2012 tax return   A special rule applies if your qualifying child is the qualifying child of more than one person. 2012 tax return For details, see the instructions for line 6c in either the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. 2012 tax return Limits on the Credit You must reduce your child tax credit if either (1) or (2) applies. 2012 tax return The amount on Form 1040, line 46; Form 1040A, line 28; or Form 1040NR, line 44, is less than the credit. 2012 tax return If this amount is zero, you cannot take this credit because there is no tax to reduce. 2012 tax return But you may be able to take the additional child tax credit. 2012 tax return See Additional Child Tax Credit, later. 2012 tax return Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the amount shown below for your filing status. 2012 tax return Married filing jointly – $110,000. 2012 tax return Single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) – $75,000. 2012 tax return Married filing separately – $55,000. 2012 tax return Modified AGI. 2012 tax return   For purposes of the child tax credit, your modified AGI is your AGI plus the following amounts that may apply to you. 2012 tax return Any amount excluded from income because of the exclusion of income from Puerto Rico. 2012 tax return On the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 38, enter the amount excluded and identify it as “EPRI. 2012 tax return ” Also attach a copy of any Form(s) 499R-2/W-2PR to your return. 2012 tax return Any amount on line 45 or line 50 of Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income. 2012 tax return Any amount on line 18 of Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. 2012 tax return Any amount on line 15 of Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa. 2012 tax return   If you do not have any of the above, your modified AGI is the same as your AGI. 2012 tax return AGI. 2012 tax return   Your AGI is the amount on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. 2012 tax return Claiming the Credit To claim the child tax credit, you must file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. 2012 tax return You cannot claim the child tax credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. 2012 tax return You must provide the name and identification number (usually a social security number) on your tax return for each qualifying child. 2012 tax return Earned Income You will need to figure your earned income using one of the worksheets that appear later in this publication if you are completing the Line 11 Worksheet , later, or Schedule 8812. 2012 tax return Form 1040 or Form 1040NR filers, use the 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet , later, to figure your earned income. 2012 tax return Form 1040A filers, use the 1040A Filers —- Earned Income Worksheet , later. 2012 tax return For this purpose, earned income includes only: Taxable earned income, and Nontaxable combat pay. 2012 tax return Additional Child Tax Credit This credit is for certain individuals who get less than the full amount of the child tax credit. 2012 tax return The additional child tax credit may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. 2012 tax return How to claim the additional child tax credit. 2012 tax return   To claim the additional child tax credit, follow the steps below. 2012 tax return Make sure you figured the amount, if any, of your child tax credit. 2012 tax return If you answered “Yes” on line 9 or line 10 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in the Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR instructions (or on line 13 of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in this publication), use Parts II through IV of Schedule 8812 to see if you can take the additional child tax credit. 2012 tax return If you have an additional child tax credit on line 13 of Schedule 8812, carry it to Form 1040, line 65; Form 1040A, line 39; or Form 1040NR, line 63. 2012 tax return Child Tax Credit Worksheet This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 tax return Please click the link to view the image. 2012 tax return Child tax worksheet - page 1. 2012 tax return Child Tax Credit Worksheet—Continued This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 tax return Please click the link to view the image. 2012 tax return Child tax worksheet - page 2. 2012 tax return Line 11 Worksheet This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 tax return Please click the link to view the image. 2012 tax return Line 11 worksheet - page 1. 2012 tax return Line 11 Worksheet—Continued This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 2012 tax return Please click the link to view the image. 2012 tax return Line 11 worksheet - page 2. 2012 tax return 1040 and 1040NR Filers — Earned Income Worksheet (for line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet or line 4a of Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit) Before you begin:    ✓Use this worksheet only if you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet earlier in this publication or line  4a of Schedule 8812, Child Tax Credit. 2012 tax return  ✓Disregard community property laws when figuring the amounts to enter on this worksheet. 2012 tax return  ✓If married filing jointly, include your spouse's amounts with yours when completing this worksheet. 2012 tax return     1. 2012 tax return a. 2012 tax return Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 7, or Form 1040NR, line 8 1a. 2012 tax return     b. 2012 tax return Enter the amount of any nontaxable combat pay received. 2012 tax return Also enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 4b. 2012 tax return This amount should be shown in Form(s) W-2, box 12, with code Q. 2012 tax return 1b. 2012 tax return       Next, if you are filing Schedule C, C-EZ, F, or SE, or you received a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065 or Form 1065-B), go to line 2a. 2012 tax return Otherwise, skip lines 2a through 2e and go to line 3. 2012 tax return     2. 2012 tax return a. 2012 tax return Enter any statutory employee income reported on line 1 of Schedule C or C-EZ 2a. 2012 tax return     b. 2012 tax return Enter any net profit or (loss) from Schedule C, line 31; Schedule C-EZ, line 3; Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A (other than farming); and Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), box 9, code J1. 2012 tax return * Reduce any Schedule K-1 amounts as described in the instructions for completing Schedule SE in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1. 2012 tax return Do not include on this line any statutory employee income or any other amounts exempt from self-employment tax. 2012 tax return Options and commodities dealers must add any gain or subtract any loss (in the normal course of dealing in or trading section 1256 contracts) from section 1256 contracts or related property 2b. 2012 tax return     c. 2012 tax return Enter any net farm profit or (loss) from Schedule F, line 34, and from farm partnerships, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A. 2012 tax return * Reduce any Schedule K-1 amounts as described in the instructions for completing Schedule SE in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1. 2012 tax return Do not include on this line any amounts exempt from self-employment tax 2c. 2012 tax return         d. 2012 tax return If you used the farm optional method to figure net earnings from self-employment, enter the amount from Schedule SE, Section B, line 15. 2012 tax return Otherwise, skip this line and enter on line 2e the amount from line 2c 2d. 2012 tax return         e. 2012 tax return If line 2c is a profit, enter the smaller of line 2c or line 2d. 2012 tax return If line 2c is a (loss), enter the (loss) from line 2c. 2012 tax return 2e. 2012 tax return   3. 2012 tax return Combine lines 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, and 2e. 2012 tax return If zero or less, stop. 2012 tax return Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. 2012 tax return Instead, enter -0- on line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet or line 4a of Schedule 8812, whichever applies 3. 2012 tax return   4. 2012 tax return Enter any amount included on line 1a that is:               a. 2012 tax return A scholarship or fellowship grant not reported on Form W-2 4a. 2012 tax return         b. 2012 tax return For work done while an inmate in a penal institution (enter “PRI” and this amount on the dotted line next to line 7 of Form 1040 or line 8 of Form 1040NR) 4b. 2012 tax return         c. 2012 tax return A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan (enter “DFC” and this amount on the dotted line next to line 7 of Form 1040 or line 8 of Form 1040NR). 2012 tax return This amount may be shown in box 11 of your Form W-2. 2012 tax return If you received such an amount but box 11 is blank, contact your employer for the amount received as a pension or annuity. 2012 tax return 4c. 2012 tax return       5. 2012 tax return a. 2012 tax return Enter any amount included on line 3 that is also included on Form 2555, line 43, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18. 2012 tax return Do not include any amount that is also included on line 4a, 4b, or 4c above 5a. 2012 tax return             b. 2012 tax return Enter the portion, if any, of the amount from Form 2555, line 44 that you also included on Schedule E in partnership net income or (loss) or deducted on Form 1040, line 27, or Form 1040NR, line 27; Schedule C; Schedule C-EZ; or Schedule F. 2012 tax return 5b. 2012 tax return             c. 2012 tax return Subtract line 5b from line 5a 5c. 2012 tax return       6. 2012 tax return Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 27, or Form 1040NR, line 27 6. 2012 tax return       7. 2012 tax return Add lines 4a through 4c, 5c, and 6 7. 2012 tax return   8. 2012 tax return Subtract line 7 from line 3 8. 2012 tax return       If you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet, enter this amount on line 2 of that worksheet. 2012 tax return If you were sent here from Schedule 8812, enter this amount on line 4a of that form. 2012 tax return     *If you have any Schedule K-1 amounts and you are not required to file Schedule SE, complete the appropriate line(s) of Schedule SE, Section A. 2012 tax return Put your name and social security number on Schedule SE and attach it to your return. 2012 tax return                     1040A Filers — Earned Income Worksheet (for line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet) Before you begin:   ✓Use this worksheet only if you were sent here from the Line 11 Worksheet earlier in this publication. 2012 tax return  ✓Disregard community property laws when figuring the amounts to enter on this worksheet. 2012 tax return               1. 2012 tax return a. 2012 tax return Enter the amount from Form 1040A, line 7 1a. 2012 tax return         b. 2012 tax return Enter the amount of any nontaxable combat pay received. 2012 tax return Also enter this amount on Schedule 8812, line 4b. 2012 tax return This amount should be shown in Form(s) W-2, box 12, with code Q. 2012 tax return 1b. 2012 tax return         c. 2012 tax return Add lines 1a and 1b. 2012 tax return     1c. 2012 tax return   2. 2012 tax return Enter any amount included on line 1a that is:           a. 2012 tax return A scholarship or fellowship grant not reported on Form W-2 2a. 2012 tax return         b. 2012 tax return For work done while an inmate in a penal institution (enter “PRI” and this amount next to line 7 of Form 1040A) 2b. 2012 tax return         c. 2012 tax return A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan (enter “DFC” and this amount next to line 7 of Form 1040A). 2012 tax return This amount may be shown in box 11 of your Form W-2. 2012 tax return If you received such an amount but box 11 is blank, contact your employer for the amount received as a pension or annuity 2c. 2012 tax return       3. 2012 tax return Add lines 2a through 2c 3. 2012 tax return   4. 2012 tax return Subtract line 3 from line 1c. 2012 tax return Enter the result here and on line 2 of the Line 11 Worksheet 4. 2012 tax return                 Additional Medicare Tax and RRTA Tax Worksheet (for line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet) If your employer withheld or you paid Additional Medicare Tax or Tier 1 RRTA taxes, use this worksheet to figure the amount to enter on line 6 of the Line 11 Worksheet. 2012 tax return Social security tax, Medicare tax, and Additional Medicare Tax on wages. 2012 tax return 1. 2012 tax return Enter the social security tax withheld (Form(s) W-2, box 4) 1. 2012 tax return   2. 2012 tax return Enter the Medicare tax withheld (Form(s) W-2, box 6). 2012 tax return Box 6 includes any Additional Medicare Tax 2. 2012 tax return   3. 2012 tax return Enter the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on wages (Form 8959, line 7) 3. 2012 tax return   4. 2012 tax return Add lines 1, 2, and 3 4. 2012 tax return   5. 2012 tax return Enter the Additional Medicare Tax withheld (Form 8959, line 22) 5. 2012 tax return   6. 2012 tax return Subtract line 5 from line 4 6. 2012 tax return   Additional Medicare Tax on Self-Employment Income. 2012 tax return 7. 2012 tax return Enter one-half of the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on self-employment income (one-half of Form 8959, line 13) 7. 2012 tax return   Tier 1 RRTA taxes as an employee of a railroad (enter amounts on lines 8, 9, 10, and 11) or employee representative (enter amounts on lines 12, 13, 14, and 15). 2012 tax return Do not include amounts in Form W-2, box 14, that are identified as Additional Medicare Tax or Tier 2 tax. 2012 tax return Do not include amounts shown on Form CT-2 on line 3 for Additional Medicare Tax or line 4 for Tier 2 tax. 2012 tax return 8. 2012 tax return Enter the Tier 1 tax (Form(s) W-2, box 14) 8. 2012 tax return   9. 2012 tax return Enter the Medicare tax (Form(s) W-2, box 14) 9. 2012 tax return   10. 2012 tax return Enter the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on RRTA compensation as an employee (Form 8959, line 17). 2012 tax return Do not use the same amount from Form 8959, line 17, for both this line and line 14 10. 2012 tax return   11. 2012 tax return Add lines 8, 9, and 10 11. 2012 tax return   12. 2012 tax return Enter one-half of Tier 1 tax (one-half of Form(s) CT-2, line 1, for all 4 quarters of 2013) 12. 2012 tax return   13. 2012 tax return Enter one-half of Tier 1 Medicare tax (one-half of Form(s) CT-2, line 2, for all 4 quarters of 2013) 13. 2012 tax return   14. 2012 tax return Enter one-half of the Additional Medicare Tax, if any, on RRTA compensation as an employee representative (one-half of Form 8959, line 17). 2012 tax return Do not use the same amount from Form 8959, line 17, for both this line and line 10 14. 2012 tax return   15. 2012 tax return Add lines 12, 13, and 14 15. 2012 tax return   Line 6 amount 16. 2012 tax return Add lines 6, 7, 11, and 15. 2012 tax return Enter here and 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gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 2012 tax return You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 2012 tax return The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 2012 tax return When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. 2012 tax return Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. 2012 tax return You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 2012 tax return Only the mail 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Go to IRS. 2012 tax return gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 2012 tax return You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 2012 tax return It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 2012 tax return Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 2012 tax return gov. 2012 tax return Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 2012 tax return gov for more information. 2012 tax return Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 2012 tax return Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 2012 tax return gov. 2012 tax return 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. 2012 tax return Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 2012 tax return gov. 2012 tax return Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 2012 tax return gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 2012 tax return Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 2012 tax return Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 2012 tax return gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 2012 tax return An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 2012 tax return Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 2012 tax return gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 2012 tax return If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 2012 tax return Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 2012 tax return Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 2012 tax return Go to IRS. 2012 tax return gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 2012 tax return Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 2012 tax return Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 2012 tax return Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 2012 tax return Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 2012 tax return gov and choose from a variety of options. 2012 tax return    Phone. 2012 tax return You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 2012 tax return Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 2012 tax return Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 2012 tax return gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 2012 tax return Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 2012 tax return The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 2012 tax return Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 2012 tax return Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 2012 tax return Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 2012 tax return Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 2012 tax return If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 2012 tax return The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 2012 tax return Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 2012 tax return Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 2012 tax return The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 2012 tax return Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 2012 tax return Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. 2012 tax return Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 2012 tax return You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 2012 tax return It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 2012 tax return Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 2012 tax return You should receive your order within 10 business days. 2012 tax return Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 2012 tax return If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. 2012 tax return Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 2012 tax return The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 2012 tax return These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 2012 tax return    Walk-in. 2012 tax return You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 2012 tax return Products. 2012 tax return You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 2012 tax return Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 2012 tax return Services. 2012 tax return You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 2012 tax return An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 2012 tax return Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 2012 tax return gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 2012 tax return    Mail. 2012 tax return You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 2012 tax return You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 2012 tax return Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 2012 tax return Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 2012 tax return The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 2012 tax return Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 2012 tax return   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 2012 tax return 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. 2012 tax return You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 2012 tax return You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 2012 tax return   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. 2012 tax return Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 2012 tax return Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 2012 tax return Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 2012 tax return We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 2012 tax return   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. 2012 tax return   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. 2012 tax return If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. 2012 tax return Low Income Taxpayer Clinics 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. 2012 tax return Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. 2012 tax return Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. 2012 tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications