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In the United States

Environmental Monitoring

The EPA has its radiation air monitoring (RadNet) data, frequently asked questions, and other resources on http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/. Here you can:

Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed that based on current information, there is no risk to the U.S. food supply.

In response to the ongoing situation in Japan, the EPA has taken steps to increase the level of nationwide monitoring of milk, precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes.

  • EPA conducts radiological monitoring of milk under its RADNET program
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over the safety, labeling and identity of milk and milk products in interstate commerce.
  • States have jurisdiction over those facilities located within their territory.

Results from a screening sample taken March 25 from Spokane, WA detected 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, which is more than 5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children.
  • Iodine-131 has a very short half-life of approximately eight days, and the level detected in milk and milk products is therefore expected to drop relatively quickly.

Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day. For example, people are exposed to low levels of radiation on round trip cross country flights, watching television, and even from construction materials.

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over 80 percent of the food supply, including seafood, dairy, and produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates meat, poultry, and processed egg products, while FDA regulates all other food products.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated that Japan has not exported any beef products to the United States for nearly a year.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated that Japan is not currently eligible to export any poultry or processed egg products to the U.S.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Customs and Border Protection carefully screen all food products for unsafe substances, including radiological material at Ports of Entry.
  • Learn more about keeping food safe during an emergency.

Potassium Iodide (KI)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend that people in the United States take potassium iodide supplements (also called KI) in response to the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan.

  • Only take KI on the advice of emergency management officials, public health officials, or your doctor.
  • There are health risks associated with taking KI.

Food, Mail, Ships, and Cargo from Japan

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is monitoring developments in Japan carefully and uses several types of radiation detection equipment in air and sea ports, mail facilities, and elsewhere to ensure safety.

  • CBP and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration carefully screen all food products for unsafe substances, including radiological material, at Ports of Entry.
  • All inbound travelers, baggage, and cargo are screened for radiological materials.
  • CBP employs radiation monitors at international mail facilities.

American Citizens in Japan

American Embassy in Japan

All U.S. citizens in Japan should continue to carefully monitor the situation and follow the guidance of the U.S. and Japanese governments.

Authorized Departures

The U.S. government has authorized the voluntary departure from Japan of eligible family members of U.S. government personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya, the Foreign Service Institute Field School in Yokohama, and U.S. Forces Japan.

Evacuations

Travel to and from Japan

Disaster Preparedness

The tragic events in Japan remind us that disasters can strike at any time. The best way to make sure your family is taken care of when disaster strikes is to be prepared.

Additional Information

  • Earthquake in Japan – See facts from the U.S. Geological Survey about the 9.0 earthquake.
  • Earthquake Preparedness and Response – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides helpful tips on how to prepare for an earthquake and what to do during a quake.
  • Earthquakes, Flooding, and Radiation – The National Institutes of Health provides information and resources about natural disasters and their effects.
  • Tsunami Health Effects – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes the immediate, secondary, and long-term health effects of a tsunami.
  • Tsunami Preparedness – The Federal Emergency Management Agency explains what a tsunami is and provides guidance on what to do during a tsunami watch or warning.
  • Radiation – Read about the assistance and expertise that the U.S. Department of Energy is providing to Japanese response and recovery efforts.

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Amend 2008 taxes Publication 531 - Main Content Table of Contents Keeping a Daily Tip RecordElectronic tip record. Amend 2008 taxes Reporting Tips to Your EmployerElectronic tip statement. Amend 2008 taxes Final report. Amend 2008 taxes Tip Rate Determination and Education Program Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return Allocated Tips How To Get Tax Help Keeping a Daily Tip Record Why keep a daily tip record. Amend 2008 taxes   You must keep a daily tip record so you can: Report your tips accurately to your employer, Report your tips accurately on your tax return, and Prove your tip income if your return is ever questioned. Amend 2008 taxes How to keep a daily tip record. Amend 2008 taxes   There are two ways to keep a daily tip record. Amend 2008 taxes You can either: Write information about your tips in a tip diary, or Keep copies of documents that show your tips, such as restaurant bills and credit or debit card charge slips. Amend 2008 taxes You should keep your daily tip record with your tax or other personal records. Amend 2008 taxes You must keep your records for as long as they are important for administration of the federal tax law. Amend 2008 taxes For information on how long to keep records, see How Long to Keep Records in chapter 1 of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax. Amend 2008 taxes    If you keep a tip diary, you can use Form 4070A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips. Amend 2008 taxes To get Form 4070A, ask the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your employer for Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. Amend 2008 taxes Publication 1244 is also available at www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/pub1244. Amend 2008 taxes Publication 1244 includes a 1-year supply of Form 4070A. Amend 2008 taxes Each day, write in the information asked for on the form. Amend 2008 taxes A filled-in Form 4070A is shown on the following page. Amend 2008 taxes   In addition to the information asked for on Form 4070A, you also need to keep a record of the date and value of any noncash tips you get, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. Amend 2008 taxes Although you do not report these tips to your employer, you must report them on your tax return. Amend 2008 taxes   If you do not use Form 4070A, start your records by writing your name, your employer's name, and the name of the business (if it is different from your employer's name). Amend 2008 taxes Then, each workday, write the date and the following information. Amend 2008 taxes Cash tips you get directly from customers or from other employees. Amend 2008 taxes Tips from credit and debit card charge customers that your employer pays you. Amend 2008 taxes The value of any noncash tips you get, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. Amend 2008 taxes The amount of tips you paid out to other employees through tip pools or tip splitting, or other arrangements, and the names of the employees to whom you paid the tips. Amend 2008 taxes Please click here for the text description of the image. Amend 2008 taxes Sample Filled-in Form 4070A from Publication 1244 Electronic tip record. Amend 2008 taxes   You can use an electronic system provided by your employer to record your daily tips. Amend 2008 taxes If you do, you must receive and keep a paper copy of this record. Amend 2008 taxes Service charges. Amend 2008 taxes    Do not write in your tip diary the amount of any service charge that your employer adds to a customer's bill and then pays to you and treats as wages. Amend 2008 taxes This is part of your wages, not a tip. Amend 2008 taxes The following factors determine if you have a tip or service charge: The payment is made free from compulsion; The customer has the right to determine the amount of payment; The payment is not subject to negotiation or dictated by employer policy; and The customer generally has the right to determine who receives the payment. Amend 2008 taxes See examples below. Amend 2008 taxes Example 1. Amend 2008 taxes Good Food Restaurant adds an 18% charge to the bill for parties of 6 or more customers. Amend 2008 taxes Jane's bill for food and beverages for her party of 8 includes an amount on the tip line equal to 18% of the charges for food and beverages, and the total includes this amount. Amend 2008 taxes Because Jane did not have an unrestricted right to determine the amount on the “tip line,” the 18% charge is considered a service charge. Amend 2008 taxes Do not include the 18% charge in your tip diary. Amend 2008 taxes Service charges that are paid to you are considered wages, not tips. Amend 2008 taxes Example 2. Amend 2008 taxes Good Food Restaurant includes sample calculations of tip amounts at the bottom of its bills for food and beverages provided to customers. Amend 2008 taxes David's bill includes a blank “tip line,” with sample tip calculations of 15%, 18%, and 20% of the charges for food and beverages at the bottom of the bill beneath the signature line. Amend 2008 taxes Because David is free to enter any amount on the “tip line” or leave it blank, any amount he includes is considered a tip. Amend 2008 taxes Be sure to include this amount in your tip diary. Amend 2008 taxes Sample Filled-in Form 4070 from Publication 1244 Please click here for the text description of the image. Amend 2008 taxes Filled-in Form 4070 Reporting Tips to Your Employer Why report tips to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes   You must report tips to your employer so that: Your employer can withhold federal income tax and social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes, Your employer can report the correct amount of your earnings to the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board (which affects your benefits when you retire or if you become disabled, or your family's benefits if you die), and You can avoid the penalty for not reporting tips to your employer (explained later). Amend 2008 taxes What tips to report. Amend 2008 taxes   Report to your employer only cash, check, and debit and credit card tips you receive. Amend 2008 taxes   If your total tips for any 1 month from any one job are less than $20, do not report the tips for that month to that employer. Amend 2008 taxes   If you participate in a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement, report only the tips you receive and retain. Amend 2008 taxes Do not report to your employer any portion of the tips you receive that you pass on to other employees. Amend 2008 taxes However, you must report tips you receive from other employees. Amend 2008 taxes   Do not report the value of any noncash tips, such as tickets or passes, to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes You do not pay social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on these tips. Amend 2008 taxes How to report. Amend 2008 taxes   If your employer does not give you any other way to report your tips, you can use Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer. Amend 2008 taxes Fill in the information asked for on the form, sign and date the form, and give it to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes A sample filled-in Form 4070 is shown above. Amend 2008 taxes To get a 1-year supply of the form, ask the IRS or your employer for Publication 1244. Amend 2008 taxes   If you do not use Form 4070, give your employer a statement with the following information. Amend 2008 taxes Your name, address, and social security number. Amend 2008 taxes Your employer's name, address, and business name (if it is different from your employer's name). Amend 2008 taxes The month (or the dates of any shorter period) in which you received tips. Amend 2008 taxes The total tips required to be reported for that period. Amend 2008 taxes You must sign and date the statement. Amend 2008 taxes Be sure to keep a copy with your tax or other personal records. Amend 2008 taxes   Your employer may require you to report your tips more than once a month. Amend 2008 taxes However, the statement cannot cover a period of more than 1 calendar month. Amend 2008 taxes Electronic tip statement. Amend 2008 taxes   Your employer can have you furnish your tip statements electronically. Amend 2008 taxes When to report. Amend 2008 taxes   Give your report for each month to your employer by the 10th of the next month. Amend 2008 taxes If the 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, give your employer the report by the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Amend 2008 taxes Example. Amend 2008 taxes You must report your tips received in September 2014 by October 10, 2014. Amend 2008 taxes Final report. Amend 2008 taxes   If your employment ends during the month, you can report your tips when your employment ends. Amend 2008 taxes Penalty for not reporting tips. Amend 2008 taxes   If you do not report tips to your employer as required, you may be subject to a penalty equal to 50% of the social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes you owe on the unreported tips. Amend 2008 taxes (For information about these taxes, see Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, later. Amend 2008 taxes ) The penalty amount is in addition to the taxes you owe. Amend 2008 taxes   You can avoid this penalty if you can show reasonable cause for not reporting the tips to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes To do so, attach a statement to your return explaining why you did not report them. Amend 2008 taxes Giving your employer money for taxes. Amend 2008 taxes   Your regular pay may not be enough for your employer to withhold all the taxes you owe on your regular pay plus your reported tips. Amend 2008 taxes If this happens, you can give your employer money until the close of the calendar year to pay the rest of the taxes. Amend 2008 taxes   If you do not give your employer enough money, your employer will apply your regular pay and any money you give to the taxes, in the following order. Amend 2008 taxes All taxes on your regular pay. Amend 2008 taxes Social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on your reported tips. Amend 2008 taxes Federal, state, and local income taxes on your reported tips. Amend 2008 taxes    Any taxes that remain unpaid can be collected by your employer from your next paycheck. Amend 2008 taxes If withholding taxes remain uncollected at the end of the year, you may be subject to a penalty for underpayment of estimated taxes. Amend 2008 taxes See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information. Amend 2008 taxes    Uncollected taxes. Amend 2008 taxes You must report on your tax return any social security and Medicare taxes, or railroad retirement taxes that remained uncollected at the end of 2013. Amend 2008 taxes These uncollected taxes will be shown on your 2013 Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes See Reporting uncollected social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, later. Amend 2008 taxes Tip Rate Determination and Education Program Your employer may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Amend 2008 taxes The program was developed to help employees and employers understand and meet their tip reporting responsibilities. Amend 2008 taxes There are two agreements under the program: the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). Amend 2008 taxes A variation of the TRAC program, the Employer Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment, (EmTRAC) was designed to allow employers in the food and beverage industry to design and receive approval for their own TRAC programs. Amend 2008 taxes For information on the EmTRAC program, see Notice 2001-1, which is on page 261 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-2 at www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb01-02. Amend 2008 taxes pdf. Amend 2008 taxes If you are employed in the gaming industry, your employer may participate in the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement Program. Amend 2008 taxes See Revenue Procedure 2007-32, 2007-22 I. Amend 2008 taxes R. Amend 2008 taxes B. Amend 2008 taxes 1322, available at www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb07_22. Amend 2008 taxes pdf. Amend 2008 taxes Your employer can provide you with a copy of any applicable agreement. Amend 2008 taxes To find out more about these agreements, visit IRS. Amend 2008 taxes gov and enter “restaurant tip reporting” in the search box. Amend 2008 taxes You may also call 1-800-829-4933, visit www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/localcontacts for the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in your area, or send an email to Tip. Amend 2008 taxes Program@irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov and request information on this program. Amend 2008 taxes Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return How to report tips. Amend 2008 taxes   Report your tips with your wages on Form 1040, line 7; Form 1040A, line 7; Form 1040EZ, line 1; Form 1040NR, line 8; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 3. Amend 2008 taxes What tips to report. Amend 2008 taxes   Generally, you must report all tips you received in 2013 on your tax return, including both cash tips and noncash tips. Amend 2008 taxes Any tips you reported to your employer as required in 2013 are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes Add to the amount in box 1 only the tips you did not report to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes   However, any tips you received in 2013 that you reported to your employer as required after 2013 but before January 11, 2014, are not included in the wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes Do not include the amount of these tips on your 2013 tax return. Amend 2008 taxes Instead, include them on your 2014 tax return. Amend 2008 taxes Tips you received in 2012 that you reported to your employer as required after 2012 but before January 11, 2013, are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your 2013 Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes Although these tips were received in 2012, you must report them on your 2013 tax return. Amend 2008 taxes   If you participate in a tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement, report only the tips you receive and retain. Amend 2008 taxes Do not report on your income tax return any portion of the tips you receive that you pass on to other employees. Amend 2008 taxes However, you must report tips you receive from other employees. Amend 2008 taxes    If you received $20 or more in cash and charge tips in a month and did not report all of those tips to your employer, see Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer, later. Amend 2008 taxes    If you did not keep a daily tip record as required and an amount is shown in box 8 of your Form W-2, see Allocated Tips, later. Amend 2008 taxes   If you kept a daily tip record and reported tips to your employer as required under the rules explained earlier, add the following tips to the amount in box 1 of your Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes Cash and charge tips you received that totaled less than $20 for any month. Amend 2008 taxes The value of noncash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value. Amend 2008 taxes Example. Amend 2008 taxes Ben Smith began working at the Blue Ocean Restaurant (his only employer in 2013) on June 30 and received $10,000 in wages during the year. Amend 2008 taxes Ben kept a daily tip record showing that his tips for June were $18 and his tips for the rest of the year totaled $7,000. Amend 2008 taxes He was not required to report his June tips to his employer, but he reported all of the rest of his tips to his employer as required. Amend 2008 taxes Ben's Form W-2 from Blue Ocean Restaurant shows $17,000 ($10,000 wages + $7,000 reported tips) in box 1. Amend 2008 taxes He adds the $18 unreported tips to that amount and reports $17,018 as wages on his tax return. Amend 2008 taxes Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes    If you received $20 or more in cash and charge tips in a month from any one job and did not report all of those tips to your employer, you must report the social security, Medicare, and Additional Medicare taxes on the unreported tips as additional tax on your return. Amend 2008 taxes To report these taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. Amend 2008 taxes You must use Form 1040, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-SS, or 1040-PR (as appropriate) for this purpose. Amend 2008 taxes (You cannot file Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. Amend 2008 taxes )    Use Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income, to figure social security and Medicare taxes. Amend 2008 taxes Enter the tax on your return as instructed, and attach the completed Form 4137 to your return. Amend 2008 taxes Use Form 8959 to figure Additional Medicare Tax. Amend 2008 taxes If you are subject to the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, you cannot use Form 4137 to pay railroad retirement tax on unreported tips. Amend 2008 taxes To get railroad retirement credit, you must report tips to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes Reporting uncollected social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips reported to your employer. Amend 2008 taxes    You may have uncollected taxes if your regular pay was not enough for your employer to withhold all the taxes you owe and you did not give your employer enough money to pay the rest of the taxes. Amend 2008 taxes For more information, see Giving your employer money for taxes , under Reporting Tips to Your Employer, earlier. Amend 2008 taxes   If your employer could not collect all the social security and Medicare taxes, or railroad retirement taxes you owe on tips reported for 2013, the uncollected taxes will be shown in box 12 of your Form W-2 (codes A and B). Amend 2008 taxes You must report these amounts as additional tax on your return. Amend 2008 taxes   If you worked in the U. Amend 2008 taxes S. Amend 2008 taxes possessions and received Form W-2AS, Form W-2CM, Form W-2GU, or Form W-2VI, any uncollected taxes on tips will be shown in box 12 with codes A and B. Amend 2008 taxes If you received Form 499R-2/W-2PR, any uncollected taxes will be shown in boxes 22 and 23. Amend 2008 taxes Unlike the uncollected portion of the regular (1. Amend 2008 taxes 45%) Medicare tax, the uncollected Additional Medicare Tax is not reported on Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes   To report these uncollected taxes, you must file a return even if you would not otherwise have to file. Amend 2008 taxes You can report these taxes on Form 1040, in the space next to line 60; Form 1040NR, line 59; Form 1040-SS, Part I, line 6; or Form 1040-PR, Part I, line 6. Amend 2008 taxes See the instructions for the appropriate form and line number indicated, and Form 8959. Amend 2008 taxes (You cannot file Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, or Form 1040NR-EZ. Amend 2008 taxes ) Self-employed persons. Amend 2008 taxes    If you receive tips as a self-employed person, you should report these tips as income on Schedule C or C-EZ. Amend 2008 taxes See Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for more information on reporting business income. Amend 2008 taxes Allocated Tips If your employer allocated tips to you, they are shown separately in box 8 of your Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes They are not included in box 1 with your wages and reported tips. Amend 2008 taxes If box 8 is blank, this discussion does not apply to you. Amend 2008 taxes What are allocated tips. Amend 2008 taxes   These are tips that your employer assigned to you in addition to the tips you reported to your employer for the year. Amend 2008 taxes Your employer will have done this only if: You worked in an establishment (restaurant, cocktail lounge, or similar business) that must allocate tips to employees, and The tips you reported to your employer were less than your share of 8% of food and drink sales. Amend 2008 taxes No income, social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes are withheld on allocated tips. Amend 2008 taxes How were your allocated tips figured. Amend 2008 taxes   The tips allocated to you are your share of an amount figured by subtracting the reported tips of all employees from 8% (or an approved lower rate) of food and drink sales (other than carryout sales and sales with a service charge of 10% or more). Amend 2008 taxes Your share of that amount was figured using either a method provided by an employer-employee agreement or a method provided by IRS regulations based on employees' sales or hours worked. Amend 2008 taxes For information about the exact allocation method used, ask your employer. Amend 2008 taxes Must you report your allocated tips on your tax return. Amend 2008 taxes   You must report tips you received in 2013 (including both cash and noncash tips) on your tax return as explained in What tips to report , earlier. Amend 2008 taxes Any tips you reported to your employer in 2013 as required (explained under Reporting Tips to Your Employer , earlier) are included in the wages shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. Amend 2008 taxes Add to the amount in box 1 only the tips you did not report to your employer as required. Amend 2008 taxes This should include any allocated tips shown in box 8 on your Form(s) W-2, unless you have adequate records to show that you received less tips in the year than the allocated amount. Amend 2008 taxes   See What tips to report under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, and Keeping a Daily Tip Record , earlier. Amend 2008 taxes How to report allocated tips. Amend 2008 taxes   If you received any tips in 2013 that you did not report to your employer as required (including allocated tips that you are required to report on your tax return), add these tips to the amount in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2 and report this amount as wages on Form 1040, line 7; Form 1040NR, line 8; or Form 1040NR-EZ, line 3. Amend 2008 taxes (You cannot file Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ). Amend 2008 taxes    Because social security, Medicare, or Additional Medicare taxes were not withheld from the allocated tips, you must report those taxes as additional tax on your return. Amend 2008 taxes Complete Form 4137 and include the allocated tips on line 1 of the form as provided in its instructions. Amend 2008 taxes See Reporting social security, Medicare, Additional Medicare, or railroad retirement taxes on tips not reported to your employer under Reporting Tips on Your Tax Return, earlier. Amend 2008 taxes How to request an approved lower rate. Amend 2008 taxes   Your employer can use a tip rate lower than 8% (but not lower than 2%) to figure allocated tips only if the IRS approves the lower rate. Amend 2008 taxes Either the employer or the employees can request approval of a lower rate by filing a petition with the IRS. Amend 2008 taxes The petition must include specific information about the establishment that will justify the lower rate. Amend 2008 taxes A user fee must be paid with the petition. Amend 2008 taxes    An employee petition can be filed only with the consent of a majority of the directly tipped employees (waiters, bartenders, and others who receive tips directly from customers). Amend 2008 taxes The petition must state the total number of directly tipped employees and the number of employees consenting to the petition. Amend 2008 taxes Employees filing the petition must promptly notify the employer, and the employer must promptly give the IRS a copy of all Forms 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips, filed for the establishment for the previous 3 years. Amend 2008 taxes   For more information about how to file a petition and what information to include, see Allocation of Tips in the Instructions for Form 8027. Amend 2008 taxes How To Get Tax Help Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. Amend 2008 taxes Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. Amend 2008 taxes Free help with your tax return. Amend 2008 taxes   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 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Amend 2008 taxes If you have an ongoing tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Amend 2008 taxes Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Amend 2008 taxes Locate the nearest volunteer help site with the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amend 2008 taxes gov. Amend 2008 taxes Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Amend 2008 taxes The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Amend 2008 taxes Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and some provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Amend 2008 taxes AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program as part of the TCE program. Amend 2008 taxes Visit AARP's website to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Amend 2008 taxes Research your tax questions. Amend 2008 taxes Search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Amend 2008 taxes Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Amend 2008 taxes Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Amend 2008 taxes Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Amend 2008 taxes Phone. Amend 2008 taxes You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Amend 2008 taxes Download the free IRS2Go mobile app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amend 2008 taxes Use it to watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, check your refund status, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Amend 2008 taxes Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887. Amend 2008 taxes Low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Amend 2008 taxes The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers 60 and older with their tax returns. Amend 2008 taxes Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Amend 2008 taxes Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Amend 2008 taxes Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Amend 2008 taxes Call to check the status of your 2013 refund, 1-800-829-1954 or 1-800-829-4477. Amend 2008 taxes The automated Where's My Refund? information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Amend 2008 taxes If you e-file, your refund status is usually available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Amend 2008 taxes Before you call, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Amend 2008 taxes Where's My Refund? can give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Amend 2008 taxes Where's My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns. Amend 2008 taxes Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Amend 2008 taxes Call to order forms, instructions and publications, 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Amend 2008 taxes You should receive your order within 10 business days. Amend 2008 taxes Call to order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, 1-800-908-9946. Amend 2008 taxes Follow the prompts to provide your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Amend 2008 taxes Call for TeleTax topics, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Amend 2008 taxes Call to ask tax questions, 1-800-829-1040. Amend 2008 taxes Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Amend 2008 taxes The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Amend 2008 taxes These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service available at www. Amend 2008 taxes gsa. Amend 2008 taxes gov/fedrelay. Amend 2008 taxes Walk-in. Amend 2008 taxes You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person, face-to-face. Amend 2008 taxes Products. Amend 2008 taxes You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Amend 2008 taxes Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Amend 2008 taxes Services. Amend 2008 taxes You can walk in to your local TAC most business days for personal, face-to-face tax help. Amend 2008 taxes An employee can explain IRS letters, request adjustments to your tax account, or help you set up a payment plan. Amend 2008 taxes If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local TAC where you can talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Amend 2008 taxes No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Amend 2008 taxes Before visiting, check www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/localcontacts for hours of operation and services provided. Amend 2008 taxes Mail. Amend 2008 taxes You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Amend 2008 taxes You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Amend 2008 taxes  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Amend 2008 taxes Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Amend 2008 taxes   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Amend 2008 taxes Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Amend 2008 taxes What can TAS do for you?   We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Amend 2008 taxes 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. Amend 2008 taxes You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Amend 2008 taxes You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Amend 2008 taxes   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. Amend 2008 taxes Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Amend 2008 taxes Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Amend 2008 taxes Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Amend 2008 taxes We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Amend 2008 taxes How can you reach us?   If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Amend 2008 taxes How else does TAS help taxpayers?   TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Amend 2008 taxes If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System at www. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov/sams. Amend 2008 taxes Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Amend 2008 taxes   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. Amend 2008 taxes Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Amend 2008 taxes Visit www. Amend 2008 taxes TaxpayerAdvocate. Amend 2008 taxes irs. Amend 2008 taxes gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Amend 2008 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications