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Army one source taxes Publication 907 - Main Content Table of Contents IncomeDependent Care Benefits Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits Disability Pensions Military and Government Disability Pensions Other Payments Itemized DeductionsMedical Expenses Impairment-Related Work Expenses Tax CreditsChild and Dependent Care Credit Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Earned Income Credit Household Employers Business Tax Incentives How To Get Tax Help Income All income is taxable unless it is specifically excluded by law. Army one source taxes The following discussions highlight some income items (both taxable and nontaxable) that are of particular interest to people with disabilities and those who care for people with disabilities. Army one source taxes Dependent Care Benefits Dependent care benefits include: Amounts your employer paid directly to either you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person(s) while you worked, The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. Army one source taxes Exclusion or deduction. Army one source taxes   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. Army one source taxes Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. Army one source taxes To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Army one source taxes You cannot use Form 1040EZ. Army one source taxes   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. Army one source taxes Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. Army one source taxes Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. Army one source taxes To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. Army one source taxes   The amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to the smallest of: The total amount of dependent care benefits you received during the year, The total amount of qualified expenses you incurred during the year, Your earned income, Your spouse's earned income, or $5,000 ($2,500 if married filing separately). Army one source taxes Statement for employee. Army one source taxes   Your employer must give you a Form W-2 (or similar statement), showing in box 10 the total amount of dependent care benefits provided to you during the year under a qualified plan. Army one source taxes Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. Army one source taxes Qualifying person(s). Army one source taxes   A qualifying person is: A qualifying child who is under age 13 whom you can claim as a dependent. Army one source taxes If the child turned 13 during the year, the child is a qualifying person for the part of the year he or she was under age 13. Army one source taxes Your disabled spouse who is not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself. Army one source taxes Any disabled person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself whom you can claim as a dependent (or could claim as a dependent except that the person had gross income of $3,900 or more or filed a joint return). Army one source taxes Any disabled person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself whom you could claim as a dependent except that you (or your spouse if filing jointly) could be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer's 2013 return. Army one source taxes For information about excluding benefits on Form 1040, Form 1040NR, or Form 1040A, see Form 2441 and its instructions. Army one source taxes Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits If you received social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits during the year, part of the amount you received may be taxable. Army one source taxes Are any of your benefits taxable?   If the only income you received during the year was your social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits, your benefits generally are not taxable. Army one source taxes   If you received income during the year in addition to social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits, part of your benefits may be taxable if all of your other income, including tax-exempt interest, plus half of your benefits are more than: $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er), $25,000 if you are married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for all of 2013, $32,000 if you are married filing jointly, or $-0- if you are married filing separately and lived with your spouse at any time during 2013. Army one source taxes   For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, lines 20a and 20b, or Form 1040A, lines 14a and 14b. Army one source taxes Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits, contains more detailed information. Army one source taxes Supplemental security income (SSI) payments. Army one source taxes   Social security benefits do not include SSI payments, which are not taxable. Army one source taxes Do not include these payments in your income. Army one source taxes Disability Pensions If you retired on disability, you must include in income any disability pension you receive under a plan that is paid for by your employer. Army one source taxes You must report your taxable disability payments as wages on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A until you reach minimum retirement age. Army one source taxes Minimum retirement age generally is the age at which you can first receive a pension or annuity if you are not disabled. Army one source taxes You may be entitled to a tax credit if you were permanently and totally disabled when you retired. Army one source taxes For information on this credit, see Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Army one source taxes Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. Army one source taxes Report the payments on lines 16a and 16b of Form 1040 or on lines 12a and 12b of Form 1040A. Army one source taxes For more information on pensions and annuities, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Army one source taxes Retirement and profit-sharing plans. Army one source taxes   If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that does not provide for disability retirement, do not treat the payments as a disability pension. Army one source taxes The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. Army one source taxes Accrued leave payment. Army one source taxes   If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. Army one source taxes The payment is not a disability payment. Army one source taxes Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. Army one source taxes See Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for more information. Army one source taxes Military and Government Disability Pensions Generally, you must report disability pensions as income, but do not include certain military and government disability pensions. Army one source taxes For information about military and government disability pensions, see Publication 525. Army one source taxes VA disability benefits. Army one source taxes   Do not include disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in your gross income. Army one source taxes If you are a military retiree and do not receive your disability benefits from the VA, see Publication 525 for more information. Army one source taxes   Do not include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the VA. Army one source taxes These include: Education, training, and subsistence allowances, Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families, Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living, Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs, Veterans' insurance proceeds and dividends paid either to veterans or their beneficiaries, including the proceeds of a veteran's endowment policy paid before death, Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with the VA, Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program, The death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the Armed Forces who died after September 10, 2001, or Payments made under the VA's compensated work therapy program. Army one source taxes Other Payments You may receive other payments that are related to your disability. Army one source taxes The following payments are not taxable. Army one source taxes Benefit payments from a public welfare fund, such as payments due to blindness. Army one source taxes Workers' compensation for an occupational sickness or injury if paid under a workers' compensation act or similar law. Army one source taxes Compensatory (but not punitive) damages for physical injury or physical sickness. Army one source taxes Disability benefits under a “no-fault” car insurance policy for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injuries. Army one source taxes Compensation for permanent loss or loss of use of a part or function of your body, or for your permanent disfigurement. Army one source taxes Long-Term Care Insurance Long-term care insurance contracts generally are treated as accident and health insurance contracts. Army one source taxes Amounts you receive from them (other than policyholder dividends or premium refunds) generally are excludable from income as amounts received for personal injury or sickness. Army one source taxes More detailed information can be found in Publication 525. Army one source taxes Accelerated Death Benefits You can exclude from income accelerated death benefits you receive on the life of an insured individual if certain requirements are met. Army one source taxes Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured. Army one source taxes These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. Army one source taxes This exclusion applies only if the insured was a terminally ill individual or a chronically ill individual. Army one source taxes For more information, see Publication 525. Army one source taxes Itemized Deductions If you file Form 1040, you generally can either claim the standard deduction or itemize your deductions. Army one source taxes You must use Schedule A (Form 1040) to itemize your deductions. Army one source taxes See your form instructions for information on the standard deduction and the deductions you can itemize. Army one source taxes The following discussions highlight some itemized deductions that are of particular interest to persons with disabilities. Army one source taxes Medical Expenses When figuring your deduction for medical expenses, you can generally include medical and dental expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. Army one source taxes Medical expenses are the cost of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. Army one source taxes They include the costs of equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, and transportation for needed medical care and payments for medical insurance. Army one source taxes You can deduct only the amount of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 10% (7. Army one source taxes 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1949) of your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38. Army one source taxes The following list highlights some of the medical expenses you can include in figuring your medical expense deduction. Army one source taxes For more detailed information, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses (Including the Health Coverage Tax Credit). Army one source taxes Artificial limbs, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Army one source taxes The part of the cost of Braille books and magazines that is more than the price of regular printed editions. Army one source taxes Cost and repair of special telephone equipment for hearing-impaired persons. Army one source taxes Cost and maintenance of a wheelchair or a three-wheel motor vehicle commercially known as an “autoette. Army one source taxes ” Cost and care of a guide dog or other animal aiding a person with a physical disability. Army one source taxes Costs for a school that furnishes special education if a principal reason for using the school is its resources for relieving a mental or physical disability. Army one source taxes This includes the cost of teaching Braille and lip reading and the cost of remedial language training to correct a condition caused by a birth defect. Army one source taxes Premiums for qualified long-term care insurance, up to certain amounts. Army one source taxes Improvements to a home that do not increase its value if the main purpose is medical care. Army one source taxes An example is constructing entrance or exit ramps. Army one source taxes Improvements that increase a home's value, if the main purpose is medical care, may be partly included as a medical expense. Army one source taxes See Publication 502 for more information. Army one source taxes Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled, you can take a business deduction for expenses that are necessary for you to be able to work. Army one source taxes If you take a business deduction for these impairment-related work expenses, they are not subject to the 10% (7. Army one source taxes 5% if you or your spouse is age 65 or older) limit that applies to medical expenses. Army one source taxes You are disabled if you have: A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed, or A physical or mental impairment (including, but not limited to, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. Army one source taxes Impairment-related expenses defined. Army one source taxes   Impairment-related expenses are those ordinary and necessary business expenses that are: Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily, For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities, and Not specifically covered under other income tax laws. Army one source taxes Publication 502 contains more detailed information. Army one source taxes Tax Credits This discussion highlights three tax credits that may be of interest to people with disabilities and those who care for people with disabilities. Army one source taxes Child and Dependent Care Credit If you pay someone to care for either your dependent under age 13 or your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself, you may be able to get a credit of up to 35% of your expenses. Army one source taxes To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work. Army one source taxes The care must be provided for: Your qualifying child who is your dependent and who was under age 13 when the care was provided, Your spouse who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself and lived with you for more than half the year, or A person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, lived with you for more than half the year, and either: Was your dependent, or Would have been your dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. Army one source taxes You can claim the credit on Form 1040 or 1040A. Army one source taxes You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. Army one source taxes You figure the credit on Form 2441. Army one source taxes For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 48, or Form 1040A, line 29. Army one source taxes Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, contains more detailed information. Army one source taxes Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled You may be able to claim this credit if you are a U. Army one source taxes S. Army one source taxes citizen or a resident alien and either of the following apply. Army one source taxes You were 65 or older at the end of 2013, You were under 65 at the end of 2013, and retired on permanent or total disability. Army one source taxes You can claim the credit on Form 1040 or 1040A. Army one source taxes You figure the credit on Schedule R. Army one source taxes For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 53, or Form 1040A, line 30. Army one source taxes Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, contains more detailed information. Army one source taxes Earned Income Credit This credit is based on the amount of your earned income. Army one source taxes You can get the credit if your adjusted gross income for 2013 is less than: $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child, $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children, or $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children. Army one source taxes To figure the credit, use the worksheet in the instructions for Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. Army one source taxes If you have a qualifying child, also complete Schedule EIC, Earned Income Credit, and attach it to your Form 1040 or 1040A. Army one source taxes You cannot use Form 1040EZ if you have a qualifying child. Army one source taxes Qualifying child. Army one source taxes   To be a qualifying child, your child must be younger than you (or your spouse if married filing jointly) and under age 19 or a full-time student under age 24 at the end of 2013, or permanently and totally disabled at any time during 2013, regardless of age. Army one source taxes Earned income. Army one source taxes   If you are retired on disability, benefits you receive under your employer's disability retirement plan are considered earned income until you reach minimum retirement age. Army one source taxes However, payments you received from a disability insurance policy that you paid the premiums for are not earned income. Army one source taxes More information. Army one source taxes   For more information, including all the requirements to claim the earned income credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 64a; Form 1040A, line 38a; or Form 1040EZ, line 8a. Army one source taxes Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC), contains more detailed information. Army one source taxes Household Employers If you pay someone to work in your home, such as a babysitter or housekeeper, you may be a household employer who has to pay employment taxes. Army one source taxes A person you hire through an agency is not your employee if the agency controls what work is done and how it is done. Army one source taxes This control could include setting the fee, requiring regular reports, and providing rules of conduct and appearance. Army one source taxes In this case you do not have to pay employment taxes on the amount you pay. Army one source taxes But if you control what work is done and how it is done, the worker is your employee. Army one source taxes If you possess the right to discharge a worker, that worker is generally considered to be your employee. Army one source taxes If a worker is your employee, it does not matter that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency. Army one source taxes To find out if you have to pay employment taxes, see Publication 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide For Wages Paid in 2013. Army one source taxes Business Tax Incentives If you own or operate a business, or you are looking for work, you should be aware of the following tax incentives for businesses to help persons with disabilities. Army one source taxes Deduction for costs of removing barriers to the disabled and the elderly—This is a deduction a business can take for making a facility or public transportation vehicle more accessible to and usable by persons who are disabled or elderly. Army one source taxes For more information, see chapter 7 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. Army one source taxes Disabled access credit—This is a nonrefundable tax credit for an eligible small business that pays or incurs expenses to provide access to persons with disabilities. Army one source taxes The expenses must be to enable the eligible small business to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Army one source taxes See Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit, for more information. Army one source taxes Work opportunity credit—This credit provides businesses with an incentive to hire individuals from targeted groups that have a particularly high unemployment rate or other special employment needs. Army one source taxes One targeted group consists of vocational rehabilitation referrals. Army one source taxes These are individuals who have a physical or mental disability that results in a substantial handicap to employment. Army one source taxes See Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit. 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SOI Tax Stats - Income from Trusts and Estates Statistics

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Snapshot of Estate and Trust Income Tax Statistics

The U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts (Form 1041) is used to report the income, deductions, gains, and losses of estates and trusts, as well as distributions to beneficiaries and income tax liability. Entities are classified into types based on their purpose. These types include:

  • decedent's estates
  • simple trusts
  • complex trusts
  • qualified disability trusts
  • electing small business trust (ESBT)
  • grantor type trust
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The Army One Source Taxes

Army one source taxes 6. Army one source taxes   How To Report Table of Contents Where To ReportGifts. Army one source taxes Statutory employees. Army one source taxes Vehicle Provided by Your Employer ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Rules for Independent Contractors and Clients How To Use Per Diem Rate TablesThe Two Substantiation Methods Transition Rules Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZInformation on use of cars. Army one source taxes Standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes Actual expenses. Army one source taxes Car rentals. Army one source taxes Hours of service limits. Army one source taxes Allocating your reimbursement. Army one source taxes 1. Army one source taxes Limit on meals and entertainment. Army one source taxes 2. Army one source taxes Limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Army one source taxes 3. Army one source taxes Limit on total itemized deductions. Army one source taxes Special Rules This chapter explains where and how to report the expenses discussed in this publication. Army one source taxes It discusses reimbursements and how to treat them under accountable and nonaccountable plans. Army one source taxes It also explains rules for independent contractors and clients, fee-basis officials, certain performing artists, Armed Forces reservists, and certain disabled employees. Army one source taxes The chapter ends with illustrations of how to report travel, entertainment, gift, and car expenses on Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Where To Report This section provides general information on where to report the expenses discussed in this publication. Army one source taxes Self-employed. Army one source taxes   You must report your income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if you are a sole proprietor, or on Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are a farmer. Army one source taxes You do not use Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes    If you claim car or truck expenses, you must provide certain information on the use of your vehicle. Army one source taxes You provide this information on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Form 4562. Army one source taxes   If you file Schedule C (Form 1040): Report your travel expenses, except meals, on line 24a, Report your deductible meals (actual cost or standard meal allowance) and entertainment on line 24b, Report your gift expenses and transportation expenses, other than car expenses, on line 27a, and Report your car expenses on line 9. Army one source taxes Complete Part IV of the form unless you have to file Form 4562 for depreciation or amortization. Army one source taxes   If you file Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), report the total of all business expenses on line 2. Army one source taxes You can only include 50% of your meals and entertainment in that total. Army one source taxes If you include car expenses, you must also complete Part III of the form. Army one source taxes    If you file Schedule F (Form 1040): Report your car expenses on line 10. Army one source taxes Attach Form 4562 and provide information on the use of your car in Part V of Form 4562. Army one source taxes Report all other business expenses discussed in this publication on line 32. Army one source taxes You can only include 50% of your meals and entertainment on that line. Army one source taxes See your form instructions for more information on how to complete your tax return. Army one source taxes Both self-employed and an employee. Army one source taxes   If you are both self-employed and an employee, you must keep separate records for each business activity. Army one source taxes Report your business expenses for self-employment on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040), as discussed earlier. Army one source taxes Report your business expenses for your work as an employee on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, as discussed next. Army one source taxes Employees. Army one source taxes    If you are an employee, you generally must complete Form 2106 to deduct your travel, transportation, and entertainment expenses. Army one source taxes However, you can use the shorter Form 2106-EZ instead of Form 2106 if you meet all of the following conditions. Army one source taxes You are an employee deducting expenses attributable to your job. Army one source taxes You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses (amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements). Army one source taxes If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes   For more information on how to report your expenses on Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ, see Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ , later. Army one source taxes Gifts. Army one source taxes   If you did not receive any reimbursements (or the reimbursements were all included in box 1 of your Form W-2), the only business expense you are claiming is for gifts, and the Special Rules discussed later do not apply to you, do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Instead, claim the amount of your deductible gifts directly on line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Army one source taxes Statutory employees. Army one source taxes    If you received a Form W-2 and the “Statutory employee” box in box 13 was checked, report your income and expenses related to that income on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Army one source taxes Do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes   Statutory employees include full-time life insurance salespersons, certain agent or commission drivers, traveling salespersons, and certain homeworkers. Army one source taxes If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot claim a deduction for the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. Army one source taxes Reimbursement for personal expenses. Army one source taxes    If your employer reimburses you for nondeductible personal expenses, such as for vacation trips, your employer must report the reimbursement as wage income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes You cannot deduct personal expenses. Army one source taxes Income-producing property. Army one source taxes   If you have travel or transportation expenses related to income-producing property, report your deductible expenses on the form appropriate for that activity. Army one source taxes   For example, if you have rental real estate income and expenses, report your expenses on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss. Army one source taxes See Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, for more information on the rental of real estate. Army one source taxes If you have deductible investment-related transportation expenses, report them on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Army one source taxes Vehicle Provided by Your Employer If your employer provides you with a car, you may be able to deduct the actual expenses of operating that car for business purposes. Army one source taxes The amount you can deduct depends on the amount that your employer included in your income and the business and personal miles you drove during the year. Army one source taxes You cannot use the standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes Value reported on Form W-2. Army one source taxes   Your employer can figure and report either the actual value of your personal use of the car or the value of the car as if you used it only for personal purposes (100% income inclusion). Army one source taxes Your employer must separately state the amount if 100% of the annual lease value was included in your income. Army one source taxes If you are unsure of the amount included on your Form W-2, ask your employer. Army one source taxes Full value included in your income. Army one source taxes   You can deduct the value of the business use of an employer-provided car if your employer reported 100% of the value of the car in your income. Army one source taxes On your 2013 Form W-2, the amount of the value will be included in box 1, Wages, tips, other compensation, and box 14. Army one source taxes    To claim your expenses, complete Form 2106, Part II, Sections A and C. Army one source taxes Enter your actual expenses on line 23 of Section C and include the entire value of the employer-provided car on line 25. Army one source taxes Complete the rest of the form. Army one source taxes Less than full value included in your income. Army one source taxes   If less than the full annual lease value of the car was included on your Form W-2, this means that your Form W-2 only includes the value of your personal use of the car. Army one source taxes Do not enter this value on your Form 2106 because it is not deductible. Army one source taxes   If you paid any actual costs (that your employer did not provide or reimburse you for) to operate the car, you can deduct the business portion of those costs. Army one source taxes Examples of costs that you may have are gas, oil, and repairs. Army one source taxes Complete Form 2106, Part II, Sections A and C. Army one source taxes Enter your actual costs on line 23 of Section C and leave line 25 blank. Army one source taxes Complete the rest of the form. Army one source taxes Reimbursements This section explains what to do when you receive an advance or are reimbursed for any of the employee business expenses discussed in this publication. Army one source taxes If you received an advance, allowance, or reimbursement for your expenses, how you report this amount and your expenses depends on whether your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes This section explains the two types of plans, how per diem and car allowances simplify proving the amount of your expenses, and the tax treatment of your reimbursements and expenses. Army one source taxes It also covers rules for independent contractors. Army one source taxes No reimbursement. Army one source taxes   You are not reimbursed or given an allowance for your expenses if you are paid a salary or commission with the understanding that you will pay your own expenses. Army one source taxes In this situation, you have no reimbursement or allowance arrangement, and you do not have to read this section on reimbursements. Army one source taxes Instead, see Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ , later, for information on completing your tax return. Army one source taxes Reimbursement, allowance, or advance. Army one source taxes   A reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement is a system or plan that an employer uses to pay, substantiate, and recover the expenses, advances, reimbursements, and amounts charged to the employer for employee business expenses. Army one source taxes Arrangements include per diem and car allowances. Army one source taxes    A per diem allowance is a fixed amount of daily reimbursement your employer gives you for your lodging, meals, and incidental expenses when you are away from home on business. Army one source taxes (The term “ incidental expenses ” is defined in chapter 1 under Standard Meal Allowance. Army one source taxes ) A car allowance is an amount your employer gives you for the business use of your car. Army one source taxes   Your employer should tell you what method of reimbursement is used and what records you must provide. Army one source taxes Employers. Army one source taxes   If you are an employer and you reimburse employee business expenses, how you treat this reimbursement on your employee's Form W-2 depends in part on whether you have an accountable plan. Army one source taxes Reimbursements treated as paid under an accountable plan, as explained next, are not reported as pay. Army one source taxes Reimbursements treated as paid under nonaccountable plans , as explained later, are reported as pay. Army one source taxes See Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide, for information on employee pay. Army one source taxes Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all of the following rules: Your expenses must have a business connection — that is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Army one source taxes You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes “ Adequate accounting ” and “ returning excess reimbursements ” are discussed later. Army one source taxes An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. Army one source taxes Reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Army one source taxes However, regardless of the facts and circumstances of your situation, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Army one source taxes You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Army one source taxes You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Army one source taxes You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Army one source taxes Employee meets accountable plan rules. Army one source taxes   If you meet the three rules for accountable plans, your employer should not include any reimbursements in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes If your expenses equal your reimbursements, you do not complete Form 2106. Army one source taxes You have no deduction since your expenses and reimbursement are equal. Army one source taxes    If your employer included reimbursements in box 1 of your Form W-2 and you meet all the rules for accountable plans, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Army one source taxes Accountable plan rules not met. Army one source taxes   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules. Army one source taxes All reimbursements that fail to meet all three rules for accountable plans are generally treated as having been reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Army one source taxes Failure to return excess reimbursements. Army one source taxes   If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, but you fail to return, within a reasonable time, any amounts in excess of the substantiated amounts, the amounts paid in excess of the substantiated expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes See Reasonable period of time , earlier, and Returning Excess Reimbursements , later. Army one source taxes Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. Army one source taxes   You may be reimbursed under your employer's accountable plan for expenses related to that employer's business, some of which are deductible as employee business expenses and some of which are not deductible. Army one source taxes The reimbursements you receive for the nondeductible expenses do not meet rule (1) for accountable plans, and they are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes Example. Army one source taxes Your employer's plan reimburses you for travel expenses while away from home on business and also for meals when you work late at the office, even though you are not away from home. Army one source taxes The part of the arrangement that reimburses you for the nondeductible meals when you work late at the office is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes The employer makes the decision whether to reimburse employees under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes If you are an employee who receives payments under a nonaccountable plan, you cannot convert these amounts to payments under an accountable plan by voluntarily accounting to your employer for the expenses and voluntarily returning excess reimbursements to the employer. Army one source taxes Adequate Accounting One of the rules for an accountable plan is that you must adequately account to your employer for your expenses. Army one source taxes You adequately account by giving your employer a statement of expense, an account book, a diary, or a similar record in which you entered each expense at or near the time you had it, along with documentary evidence (such as receipts) of your travel, mileage, and other employee business expenses. Army one source taxes (See Table 5-1 in chapter 5 for details you need to enter in your record and documents you need to prove certain expenses. Army one source taxes ) A per diem or car allowance satisfies the adequate accounting requirement under certain conditions. Army one source taxes See Per Diem and Car Allowances , later. Army one source taxes You must account for all amounts you received from your employer during the year as advances, reimbursements, or allowances. Army one source taxes This includes amounts you charged to your employer by credit card or other method. Army one source taxes You must give your employer the same type of records and supporting information that you would have to give to the IRS if the IRS questioned a deduction on your return. Army one source taxes You must pay back the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance for which you do not adequately account or that is more than the amount for which you accounted. Army one source taxes Per Diem and Car Allowances If your employer reimburses you for your expenses using a per diem or a car allowance, you can generally use the allowance as proof for the amount of your expenses. Army one source taxes A per diem or car allowance satisfies the adequate accounting requirements for the amount of your expenses only if all the following conditions apply. Army one source taxes Your employer reasonably limits payments of your expenses to those that are ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the trade or business. Army one source taxes The allowance is similar in form to and not more than the federal rate (defined later). Army one source taxes You prove the time (dates), place, and business purpose of your expenses to your employer (as explained in Table 5-1 ) within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes You are not related to your employer (as defined next). Army one source taxes If you are related to your employer, you must be able to prove your expenses to the IRS even if you have already adequately accounted to your employer and returned any excess reimbursement. Army one source taxes If the IRS finds that an employer's travel allowance practices are not based on reasonably accurate estimates of travel costs (including recognition of cost differences in different areas for per diem amounts), you will not be considered to have accounted to your employer. Army one source taxes In this case, you must be able to prove your expenses to the IRS. Army one source taxes Related to employer. Army one source taxes   You are related to your employer if: Your employer is your brother or sister, half brother or half sister, spouse, ancestor, or lineal descendant, Your employer is a corporation in which you own, directly or indirectly, more than 10% in value of the outstanding stock, or Certain relationships (such as grantor, fiduciary, or beneficiary) exist between you, a trust, and your employer. Army one source taxes You may be considered to indirectly own stock, for purposes of (2), if you have an interest in a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust that owns the stock or if a member of your family or your partner owns the stock. Army one source taxes The federal rate. Army one source taxes   The federal rate can be figured using any one of the following methods. Army one source taxes For per diem amounts: The regular federal per diem rate. Army one source taxes The standard meal allowance. Army one source taxes The high-low rate. Army one source taxes For car expenses: The standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes A fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Army one source taxes    For per diem amounts, use the rate in effect for the area where you stop for sleep or rest. Army one source taxes Regular federal per diem rate. Army one source taxes   The regular federal per diem rate is the highest amount that the federal government will pay to its employees for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses (or meals and incidental expenses only) while they are traveling away from home in a particular area. Army one source taxes The rates are different for different locations. Army one source taxes Your employer should have these rates available. Army one source taxes You can also find federal per diem rates at www. Army one source taxes gsa. Army one source taxes gov/perdiem. Army one source taxes The standard meal allowance. Army one source taxes   The standard meal allowance (discussed in chapter 1) is the federal rate for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE). Army one source taxes The rate for most small localities in the United States is $46 a day. Army one source taxes Most major cities and many other localities qualify for higher rates. Army one source taxes You can find this information on the Internet at www. Army one source taxes gsa. Army one source taxes gov/perdiem. Army one source taxes   You receive an allowance only for meals and incidental expenses when your employer does one of the following. Army one source taxes Provides you with lodging (furnishes it in kind). Army one source taxes Reimburses you, based on your receipts, for the actual cost of your lodging. Army one source taxes Pays the hotel, motel, etc. Army one source taxes , directly for your lodging. Army one source taxes Does not have a reasonable belief that you had (or will have) lodging expenses, such as when you stay with friends or relatives or sleep in the cab of your truck. Army one source taxes Figures the allowance on a basis similar to that used in computing your compensation, such as number of hours worked or miles traveled. Army one source taxes High-low rate. Army one source taxes   This is a simplified method of computing the federal per diem rate for travel within the continental United States. Army one source taxes It eliminates the need to keep a current list of the per diem rates for each city. Army one source taxes   Under the high-low method, the per diem amount for travel during January through September of 2013 is $242 (including $65 for M&IE) for certain high-cost locations. Army one source taxes All other areas have a per diem amount of $163 (including $52 for M&IE). Army one source taxes For more information, see Notice 2012-63, which can be found on the Internet at www. Army one source taxes irs. Army one source taxes gov/irb/2012-42_IRB/ar12. Army one source taxes html. Army one source taxes    Effective October 1, 2013, the per diem rate for certain high-cost locations increased to $251 (including $65 for M&IE). Army one source taxes The rate for all other locations increased to $170 (including $52 for M&IE). Army one source taxes Employers who did not use the high-low method during the first 9 months of 2013 cannot begin to use it before 2014. Army one source taxes For more information, see Notice 2013-65, which can be found on the Internet at www. Army one source taxes irs. Army one source taxes gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13–65. Army one source taxes pdf and Revenue Procedure 2011-47 at www. Army one source taxes irs. Army one source taxes gov/irb/2011-42_IRB/ar12. Army one source taxes html. Army one source taxes Prorating the standard meal allowance on partial days of travel. Army one source taxes   The standard meal allowance is for a full 24-hour day of travel. Army one source taxes If you travel for part of a day, such as on the days you depart and return, you must prorate the full-day M&IE rate. Army one source taxes This rule also applies if your employer uses the regular federal per diem rate or the high-low rate. Army one source taxes   You can use either of the following methods to figure the federal M&IE for that day. Army one source taxes Method 1: For the day you depart, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for that day. Army one source taxes For the day you return, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for the preceding day. Army one source taxes Method 2: Prorate the standard meal allowance using any method you consistently apply in accordance with reasonable business practice. Army one source taxes For example, an employer can treat 2 full days of per diem (that includes M&IE) paid for travel away from home from 9 a. Army one source taxes m. Army one source taxes of one day to 5 p. Army one source taxes m. Army one source taxes of the next day as being no more than the federal rate. Army one source taxes This is true even though a federal employee would be limited to a reimbursement of M&IE for only 1½ days of the federal M&IE rate. Army one source taxes The standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes   This is a set rate per mile that you can use to compute your deductible car expenses. Army one source taxes For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Army one source taxes Fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Army one source taxes   This is an allowance your employer may use to reimburse your car expenses. Army one source taxes Under this method, your employer pays an allowance that includes a combination of payments covering fixed and variable costs, such as a cents-per-mile rate to cover your variable operating costs (such as gas, oil, etc. Army one source taxes ) plus a flat amount to cover your fixed costs (such as depreciation (or lease payments), insurance, etc. Army one source taxes ). Army one source taxes If your employer chooses to use this method, your employer will request the necessary records from you. Army one source taxes Reporting your expenses with a per diem or car allowance. Army one source taxes   If your reimbursement is in the form of an allowance received under an accountable plan, the following facts affect your reporting. Army one source taxes The federal rate. Army one source taxes Whether the allowance or your actual expenses were more than the federal rate. Army one source taxes The following discussions explain where to report your expenses depending upon how the amount of your allowance compares to the federal rate. Army one source taxes Allowance less than or equal to the federal rate. Army one source taxes   If your allowance is less than or equal to the federal rate, the allowance will not be included in box 1 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes You do not need to report the related expenses or the allowance on your return if your expenses are equal to or less than the allowance. Army one source taxes   However, if your actual expenses are more than your allowance, you can complete Form 2106 and deduct the excess amount on Schedule A (Form 1040). Army one source taxes If you are using actual expenses, you must be able to prove to the IRS the total amount of your expenses and reimbursements for the entire year. Army one source taxes If you are using the standard meal allowance or the standard mileage rate, you do not have to prove that amount. Army one source taxes Example 1. Army one source taxes In April, Jeremy takes a 2-day business trip to Denver. Army one source taxes The federal rate for Denver is $215 per day. Army one source taxes As required by his employer's accountable plan, he accounts for the time (dates), place, and business purpose of the trip. Army one source taxes His employer reimburses him $215 a day ($430 total) for living expenses. Army one source taxes Jeremy's living expenses in Denver are not more than $215 a day. Army one source taxes Jeremy's employer does not include any of the reimbursement on his Form W-2 and Jeremy does not deduct the expenses on his return. Army one source taxes Example 2. Army one source taxes In June, Matt takes a 2-day business trip to Boston. Army one source taxes Matt's employer uses the high-low method to reimburse employees. Army one source taxes Since Boston is a high-cost area, Matt is given an advance of $242 a day ($484 total) for his lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Army one source taxes Matt's actual expenses totaled $700. Army one source taxes Since Matt's $700 of expenses are more than his $484 advance, he includes the excess expenses when he itemizes his deductions. Army one source taxes Matt completes Form 2106 (showing all of his expenses and reimbursements). Army one source taxes He must also allocate his reimbursement between his meals and other expenses as discussed later under Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ . Army one source taxes Example 3. Army one source taxes Nicole drives 10,000 miles in 2013 for business. Army one source taxes Under her employer's accountable plan, she accounts for the time (dates), place, and business purpose of each trip. Army one source taxes Her employer pays her a mileage allowance of 40 cents a mile. Army one source taxes Since Nicole's $5,650 expense computed under the standard mileage rate (10,000 miles x 56½ cents) is more than her $4,000 reimbursement (10,000 miles × 40 cents), she itemizes her deductions to claim the excess expense. Army one source taxes Nicole completes Form 2106 (showing all her expenses and reimbursements) and enters $1,650 ($5,650 − $4,000) as an itemized deduction. Army one source taxes Allowance more than the federal rate. Army one source taxes   If your allowance is more than the federal rate, your employer must include the allowance amount up to the federal rate in box 12 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes This amount is not taxable. Army one source taxes However, the excess allowance will be included in box 1 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes You must report this part of your allowance as if it were wage income. Army one source taxes   If your actual expenses are less than or equal to the federal rate, you do not complete Form 2106 or claim any of your expenses on your return. Army one source taxes   However, if your actual expenses are more than the federal rate, you can complete Form 2106 and deduct those excess expenses. Army one source taxes You must report on Form 2106 your reimbursements up to the federal rate (as shown in box 12 of your Form W-2) and all your expenses. Army one source taxes You should be able to prove these amounts to the IRS. Army one source taxes Example 1. Army one source taxes Laura lives and works in Austin. Army one source taxes In July her employer sent her to Albuquerque for 4 days on business. Army one source taxes Laura's employer paid the hotel directly for her lodging and reimbursed Laura $65 a day ($260 total) for meals and incidental expenses. Army one source taxes Laura's actual meal expenses were not more than the federal rate for Albuquerque, which is $56 per day. Army one source taxes Table 6-1. Army one source taxes Reporting Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses and Reimbursements IF the type of reimbursement (or  other expense allowance)  arrangement is under: THEN the employer reports on Form W-2: AND the employee reports on  Form 2106: * An accountable plan with: Actual expense reimbursement: Adequate accounting made and excess returned. Army one source taxes No amount. Army one source taxes No amount. Army one source taxes Actual expense reimbursement: Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned. Army one source taxes The excess amount as wages in box 1. Army one source taxes No amount. Army one source taxes Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate: Adequate accounting made and excess returned. Army one source taxes No amount. Army one source taxes All expenses and reimbursements only if excess expenses are claimed. Army one source taxes Otherwise, form is not filed. Army one source taxes Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate: Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned. Army one source taxes The excess amount as wages in box 1. Army one source taxes The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Army one source taxes No amount. Army one source taxes Per diem or mileage allowance exceeds the federal rate: Adequate accounting up to the federal rate only and excess not returned. Army one source taxes The excess amount as wages in box 1. Army one source taxes The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Army one source taxes All expenses (and reimbursements reported on Form W-2, box 12) only if expenses in excess of the federal rate are claimed. Army one source taxes Otherwise, form is not filed. Army one source taxes A nonaccountable plan with: Either adequate accounting or return of excess, or both, not required by plan. Army one source taxes The entire amount as wages in box 1. Army one source taxes All expenses. Army one source taxes No reimbursement plan: The entire amount as wages in box 1. Army one source taxes All expenses. Army one source taxes * You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes See Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ . Army one source taxes Her employer included the $36 that was more than the federal rate (($65 − $56) × 4) in box 1 of Laura's Form W-2. Army one source taxes Her employer shows $224 ($56 a day × 4) in box 12 of her Form W-2. Army one source taxes This amount is not included in Laura's income. Army one source taxes Laura does not have to complete Form 2106; however, she must include the $36 in her gross income as wages (by reporting the total amount shown in box 1 of her Form W-2). Army one source taxes Example 2. Army one source taxes Joe also lives in Austin and works for the same employer as Laura. Army one source taxes In May the employer sent Joe to San Diego for 4 days and paid the hotel directly for Joe's hotel bill. Army one source taxes The employer reimbursed Joe $75 a day for his meals and incidental expenses. Army one source taxes The federal rate for San Diego is $71 a day. Army one source taxes Joe can prove that his actual meal expenses totaled $380. Army one source taxes His employer's accountable plan will not pay more than $75 a day for travel to San Diego, so Joe does not give his employer the records that prove that he actually spent $380. Army one source taxes However, he does account for the time, place, and business purpose of the trip. Army one source taxes This is Joe's only business trip this year. Army one source taxes Joe was reimbursed $300 ($75 × 4 days), which is $16 more than the federal rate of $284 ($71 × 4 days). Army one source taxes The employer includes the $16 as income on Joe's Form W-2 in box 1. Army one source taxes The employer also enters $284 in box 12 of Joe's Form W-2. Army one source taxes Joe completes Form 2106 to figure his deductible expenses. Army one source taxes He enters the total of his actual expenses for the year ($380) on Form 2106. Army one source taxes He also enters the reimbursements that were not included in his income ($284). Army one source taxes His total deductible expense, before the 50% limit, is $96. Army one source taxes After he figures the 50% limit on his unreimbursed meals and entertainment, he will include the balance, $48, as an itemized deduction. Army one source taxes Example 3. Army one source taxes Debbie drives 10,000 miles in 2013 for business. Army one source taxes Under her employer's accountable plan, she gets reimbursed 60 cents a mile, which is more than the standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes Her total reimbursement is $6,000. Army one source taxes Debbie's employer must include the reimbursement amount up to the standard mileage rate, $5,650 (10,000 × 56½ cents), in box 12 of her Form W-2. Army one source taxes That amount is not taxable. Army one source taxes Her employer must also include $350 ($6,000 − $5,650) in box 1 of her Form W-2. Army one source taxes This is the reimbursement that is more than the standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes If Debbie's expenses are equal to or less than the standard mileage rate, she would not complete Form 2106. Army one source taxes If her expenses are more than the standard mileage rate, she would complete Form 2106 and report her total expenses and reimbursement (shown in box 12 of her Form W-2). Army one source taxes She would then claim the excess expenses as an itemized deduction. Army one source taxes Returning Excess Reimbursements Under an accountable plan, you are required to return any excess reimbursement or other expense allowances for your business expenses to the person paying the reimbursement or allowance. Army one source taxes Excess reimbursement means any amount for which you did not adequately account within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes For example, if you received a travel advance and you did not spend all the money on business-related expenses or you do not have proof of all your expenses, you have an excess reimbursement. Army one source taxes “ Adequate accounting ” and “ reasonable period of time ” were discussed earlier in this chapter. Army one source taxes Travel advance. Army one source taxes   You receive a travel advance if your employer provides you with an expense allowance before you actually have the expense, and the allowance is reasonably expected to be no more than your expense. Army one source taxes Under an accountable plan, you are required to adequately account to your employer for this advance and to return any excess within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes   If you do not adequately account for or do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the amount you do not account for or return will be treated as having been paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Army one source taxes Unproved amounts. Army one source taxes   If you do not prove that you actually traveled on each day for which you received a per diem or car allowance (proving the elements described in Table 5-1 ), you must return this unproved amount of the travel advance within a reasonable period of time. Army one source taxes If you do not do this, the unproved amount will be considered paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Army one source taxes Per diem allowance more than federal rate. Army one source taxes   If your employer's accountable plan pays you an allowance that is higher than the federal rate, you do not have to return the difference between the two rates for the period you can prove business-related travel expenses. Army one source taxes However, the difference will be reported as wages on your Form W-2. Army one source taxes This excess amount is considered paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Army one source taxes Example. Army one source taxes Your employer sends you on a 5-day business trip to Phoenix in March 2013 and gives you a $400 ($80 × 5 days) advance to cover your meals and incidental expenses. Army one source taxes The federal per diem for meals and incidental expenses for Phoenix is $71. Army one source taxes Your trip lasts only 3 days. Army one source taxes Under your employer's accountable plan, you must return the $160 ($80 × 2 days) advance for the 2 days you did not travel. Army one source taxes For the 3 days you did travel you do not have to return the $27 difference between the allowance you received and the federal rate for Phoenix (($80 − $71) × 3 days). Army one source taxes However, the $27 will be reported on your Form W-2 as wages. Army one source taxes Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement or expense allowance arrangement that does not meet one or more of the three rules listed earlier under Accountable Plans. Army one source taxes In addition, even if your employer has an accountable plan, the following payments will be treated as being paid under a nonaccountable plan: Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer, and Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses related to your employer's business. Army one source taxes See Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses , earlier, under Accountable Plans. Army one source taxes An arrangement that repays you for business expenses by reducing the amount reported as your wages, salary, or other pay will be treated as a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes This is because you are entitled to receive the full amount of your pay whether or not you have any business expenses. Army one source taxes If you are not sure if the reimbursement or expense allowance arrangement is an accountable or nonaccountable plan, ask your employer. Army one source taxes Reporting your expenses under a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes   Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay. Army one source taxes Your employer will report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes    You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and itemize your deductions to deduct your expenses for travel, transportation, meals, or entertainment. Army one source taxes Your meal and entertainment expenses will be subject to the 50% limit discussed in chapter 2. Army one source taxes Also, your total expenses will be subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Army one source taxes Example 1. Army one source taxes Kim's employer gives her $1,000 a month ($12,000 total for the year) for her business expenses. Army one source taxes Kim does not have to provide any proof of her expenses to her employer, and Kim can keep any funds that she does not spend. Army one source taxes Kim is being reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes Her employer will include the $12,000 on Kim's Form W-2 as if it were wages. Army one source taxes If Kim wants to deduct her business expenses, she must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and itemize her deductions. Army one source taxes Example 2. Army one source taxes Kevin is paid $2,000 a month by his employer. Army one source taxes On days that he travels away from home on business, his employer designates $50 a day of his salary as paid to reimburse his travel expenses. Army one source taxes Because his employer would pay Kevin his monthly salary whether or not he was traveling away from home, the arrangement is a nonaccountable plan. Army one source taxes No part of the $50 a day designated by his employer is treated as paid under an accountable plan. Army one source taxes Rules for Independent Contractors and Clients This section provides rules for independent contractors who incur expenses on behalf of a client or customer. Army one source taxes The rules cover the reporting and substantiation of certain expenses discussed in this publication, and they affect both independent contractors and their clients or customers. Army one source taxes You are considered an independent contractor if you are self-employed and you perform services for a customer or client. Army one source taxes Accounting to Your Client If you received a reimbursement or an allowance for travel, entertainment, or gift expenses that you incurred on behalf of a client, you should provide an adequate accounting of these expenses to your client. Army one source taxes If you do not account to your client for these expenses, you must include any reimbursements or allowances in income. Army one source taxes You must keep adequate records of these expenses whether or not you account to your client for these expenses. Army one source taxes If you do not separately account for and seek reimbursement for meals and entertainment in connection with providing services for a client, you are subject to the 50% limit on those expenses. Army one source taxes See 50% Limit in chapter 2. Army one source taxes Adequate accounting. Army one source taxes   As a self-employed person, you adequately account by reporting your actual expenses. Army one source taxes You should follow the recordkeeping rules in chapter 5 . Army one source taxes How to report. Army one source taxes   For information on how to report expenses on your tax return, see Self-employed at the beginning of this chapter. Army one source taxes Required Records for Clients or Customers If you are a client or customer, you generally do not have to keep records to prove the reimbursements or allowances you give, in the course of your business, to an independent contractor for travel or gift expenses incurred on your behalf. Army one source taxes However, you must keep records if: You reimburse the contractor for entertainment expenses incurred on your behalf, and The contractor adequately accounts to you for these expenses. Army one source taxes Contractor adequately accounts. Army one source taxes   If the contractor adequately accounts to you for entertainment expenses, you (the client or customer) must keep records documenting each element of the expense, as explained in chapter 5 . Army one source taxes Use your records as proof for a deduction on your tax return. Army one source taxes If entertainment expenses are accounted for separately, you are subject to the 50% limit on entertainment. Army one source taxes If the contractor adequately accounts to you for reimbursed amounts, you do not have to report the amounts on an information return. Army one source taxes Contractor does not adequately account. Army one source taxes    If the contractor does not adequately account to you for allowances or reimbursements of entertainment expenses, you do not have to keep records of these items. Army one source taxes You are not subject to the 50% limit on entertainment in this case. Army one source taxes You can deduct the reimbursements or allowances as payment for services if they are ordinary and necessary business expenses. Army one source taxes However, you must file Form 1099-MISC to report amounts paid to the independent contractor if the total of the reimbursements and any other fees is $600 or more during the calendar year. Army one source taxes How To Use Per Diem Rate Tables This section contains information about the per diem rate substantiation methods available and the choice of rates you must make for the last 3 months of the year. Army one source taxes The Two Substantiation Methods High-low method. Army one source taxes   IRS notices list the localities that are treated under the high-low substantiation method as high-cost localities for all or part of the year. Army one source taxes Notice 2012–63, available at www. Army one source taxes irs. Army one source taxes gov/irb/2012–42_IRB/ar12. Army one source taxes html, lists the localities that are eligible for $242 ($65 meals and incidental expenses (M&IE)) per diem, effective October 1, 2012. Army one source taxes For travel on or after October 1, 2012, all other localities within CONUS are eligible for $163 ($52 M&IE) per diem under the high-low method. Army one source taxes   Notice 2013–65, available at www. Army one source taxes irs. Army one source taxes gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13–65. Army one source taxes pdf, lists the localities that are eligible for $251 ($65 M&IE) per diem, effective October 1, 2013. Army one source taxes For travel on or after October 1, 2013, the per diem for all other localities increased to $170 ($52 M&IE). Army one source taxes Regular federal per diem rate method. Army one source taxes   Regular federal per diem rates are published by the General Services Administration (GSA). Army one source taxes Both tables include the separate rate for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) for each locality. Army one source taxes The rates listed for FY2013 at www. Army one source taxes gsa. Army one source taxes gov/perdiem are effective October 1, 2012 and those listed for FY2014 are effective October 1, 2013. Army one source taxes The standard rate for all locations within CONUS not specifically listed for FY2013 is $123 ($77 for lodging and $46 for M&IE). Army one source taxes For FY2014, this rate increased to $129 ($83 for lodging and $46 for M&IE). Army one source taxes Transition Rules The transition period covers the last 3 months of the calendar year, from the time that new rates are effective (generally October 1) through December 31. Army one source taxes During this period, you generally may change to the new rates or finish out the year with the rates you had been using. Army one source taxes High-low method. Army one source taxes   If you use the high-low substantiation method, when new rates become effective (generally October 1) you can either continue with the rates you used for the first part of the year or change to the new rates. Army one source taxes However, you must continue using the high-low method for the rest of the calendar year (through December 31). Army one source taxes If you are an employer, you must use the same rates for all employees reimbursed under the high-low method during that calendar year. Army one source taxes   The new rates and localities for the high-low method are included each year in a notice that is generally published in mid-to-late-September. Army one source taxes You can find the notice in the weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) on the Internet at www. Army one source taxes irs. Army one source taxes gov/irb. Army one source taxes Federal per diem rate method. Army one source taxes   New CONUS per diem rates become effective on October 1 of each year and remain in effect through September 30 of the following year. Army one source taxes Employees being reimbursed under the per diem rate method during the first 9 months of a year (January 1–September 30) must continue under the same method through the end of that calendar year (December 31). Army one source taxes However, for travel by these employees from October 1 through December 31, you can choose to continue using the same per diem rates or use the new rates. Army one source taxes   The new federal CONUS per diem rates are published each year, generally early in September, on the Internet. Army one source taxes Go to www. Army one source taxes gsa. Army one source taxes gov/perdiem. Army one source taxes Per diem rates for localities listed for FY2014 may change at any time. Army one source taxes To be sure you have the most current rate, check www. Army one source taxes gsa. Army one source taxes gov/perdiem. Army one source taxes Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ This section briefly describes how employees complete Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Table 6-1 explains what the employer reports on Form W-2 and what the employee reports on Form 2106. Army one source taxes The instructions for the forms have more information on completing them. Army one source taxes If you are self-employed, do not file Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Report your expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040). Army one source taxes See the instructions for the form that you must file. Army one source taxes Form 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes   You may be able to use the shorter Form 2106-EZ to claim your employee business expenses. Army one source taxes You can use this form if you meet all the following conditions. Army one source taxes You are an employee deducting ordinary and necessary expenses attributable to your job. Army one source taxes You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses (amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements). Army one source taxes If you are claiming car expenses, you are using the standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes Car expenses. Army one source taxes   If you used a car to perform your job as an employee, you may be able to deduct certain car expenses. Army one source taxes These are generally figured on Form 2106, Part II, and then claimed on Form 2106, Part I, line 1, Column A. Army one source taxes Car expenses using the standard mileage rate can also be figured on Form 2106-EZ by completing Part II and Part I, line 1. Army one source taxes Information on use of cars. Army one source taxes   If you claim any deduction for the business use of a car, you must answer certain questions and provide information about the use of the car. Army one source taxes The information relates to the following items. Army one source taxes Date placed in service. Army one source taxes Mileage (total, business, commuting, and other personal mileage). Army one source taxes Percentage of business use. Army one source taxes After-work use. Army one source taxes Use of other vehicles. Army one source taxes Whether you have evidence to support the deduction. Army one source taxes Whether or not the evidence is written. Army one source taxes Employees must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section A, or Form 2106-EZ, Part II, to provide this information. Army one source taxes Standard mileage rate. Army one source taxes   If you claim a deduction based on the standard mileage rate instead of your actual expenses, you must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section B. Army one source taxes The amount on line 22 (Section B) is carried to Form 2106, Part I, line 1. Army one source taxes In addition, on Part 1, line 2, you can deduct parking fees and tolls that apply to the business use of the car. Army one source taxes If you file Form 2106-EZ, complete Part I, line 1, for the standard mileage rate and line 2 for parking fees and tolls. Army one source taxes See Standard Mileage Rate in chapter 4 for information on using this rate. Army one source taxes Actual expenses. Army one source taxes   If you claim a deduction based on actual car expenses, you cannot use Form 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes You must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section C. Army one source taxes In addition, unless you lease your car, you must complete Section D to show your depreciation deduction and any section 179 deduction you claim. Army one source taxes   If you are still using a car that is fully depreciated, continue to complete Section C. Army one source taxes Since you have no depreciation deduction, enter zero on line 28. Army one source taxes In this case, do not complete Section D. Army one source taxes Car rentals. Army one source taxes   If you claim car rental expenses on Form 2106, line 24a, you may have to reduce that expense by an inclusion amount as described in chapter 4. Army one source taxes If so, you can show your car expenses and any inclusion amount as follows. Army one source taxes Compute the inclusion amount without taking into account your business use percentage for the tax year. Army one source taxes Report the inclusion amount from (1) on Form 2106, Part II, line 24b. Army one source taxes Report on line 24c the net amount of car rental expenses (total car rental expenses minus the inclusion amount computed in (1)). Army one source taxes The net amount of car rental expenses will be adjusted on Form 2106, Part II, line 27, to reflect the percentage of business use for the tax year. Army one source taxes Transportation expenses. Army one source taxes   Show your transportation expenses that did not involve overnight travel on Form 2106, line 2, Column A, or on Form 2106-EZ, Part I, line 2. Army one source taxes Also include on this line business expenses you have for parking fees and tolls. Army one source taxes Do not include expenses of operating your car or expenses of commuting between your home and work. Army one source taxes Employee business expenses other than meals and entertainment. Army one source taxes   Show your other employee business expenses on Form 2106, lines 3 and 4, Column A, or Form 2106-EZ, lines 3 and 4. Army one source taxes Do not include expenses for meals and entertainment on those lines. Army one source taxes Line 4 is for expenses such as gifts, educational expenses (tuition and books), office-in-the-home expenses, and trade and professional publications. Army one source taxes    If line 4 expenses are the only ones you are claiming, you received no reimbursements (or the reimbursements were all included in box 1 of your Form W-2), and the Special Rules discussed later do not apply to you, do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Claim these amounts directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Army one source taxes List the type and amount of each expense on the dotted lines and include the total on line 21. Army one source taxes Meal and entertainment expenses. Army one source taxes   Show the full amount of your expenses for business-related meals and entertainment on Form 2106, line 5, Column B. Army one source taxes Include meals while away from your tax home overnight and other business meals and entertainment. Army one source taxes Enter 50% of the line 8, Column B, meal and entertainment expenses on line 9, Column B. Army one source taxes   If you file Form 2106-EZ, enter the full amount of your meals and entertainment on the line to the left of line 5 and multiply the total by 50%. Army one source taxes Enter the result on line 5. Army one source taxes Hours of service limits. Army one source taxes   If you are subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits (as explained earlier under Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits in chapter 2), use 80% instead of 50% for meals while away from your tax home. Army one source taxes Reimbursements. Army one source taxes   Enter on Form 2106, line 7 (you cannot use Form 2106-EZ) the amounts your employer (or third party) reimbursed you that were not reported to you in box 1 of your Form W-2. Army one source taxes This includes any amount reported under code L in box 12 of Form W-2. Army one source taxes Allocating your reimbursement. Army one source taxes   If you were reimbursed under an accountable plan and want to deduct excess expenses that were not reimbursed, you may have to allocate your reimbursement. Army one source taxes This is necessary when your employer pays your reimbursement in the following manner: Pays you a single amount that covers meals and/or entertainment, as well as other business expenses, and Does not clearly identify how much is for deductible meals and/or entertainment. Army one source taxes You must allocate that single payment so that you know how much to enter on Form 2106, line 7, Column A and Column B. Army one source taxes Example. Army one source taxes Rob's employer paid him an expense allowance of $12,000 this year under an accountable plan. Army one source taxes The $12,000 payment consisted of $5,000 for airfare and $7,000 for meals, entertainment, and car expenses. Army one source taxes The employer did not clearly show how much of the $7,000 was for the cost of deductible meals and entertainment. Army one source taxes Rob actually spent $14,000 during the year ($5,500 for airfare, $4,500 for meals and entertainment, and $4,000 for car expenses). Army one source taxes Since the airfare allowance was clearly identified, Rob knows that $5,000 of the payment goes in Column A, line 7, of Form 2106. Army one source taxes To allocate the remaining $7,000, Rob uses the worksheet from the Instructions for Form 2106. Army one source taxes His completed worksheet follows. Army one source taxes Reimbursement Allocation Worksheet (Keep for your records)   1. Army one source taxes Enter the total amount of reimbursements your employer gave you that were not reported to you in box 1 of Form W-2 $7,000   2. Army one source taxes Enter the total amount of your expenses for the periods covered by this reimbursement 8,500   3. Army one source taxes Of the amount on line 2, enter your total expense for meals and entertainment 4,500   4. Army one source taxes Divide line 3 by line 2. Army one source taxes Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places) . Army one source taxes 529   5. Army one source taxes Multiply line 1 by line 4. Army one source taxes Enter the result here and in Column B, line 7 3,703   6. Army one source taxes Subtract line 5 from line 1. Army one source taxes Enter the result here and in Column A, line 7 $3,297 On line 7 of Form 2106, Rob enters $8,297 ($5,000 airfare and $3,297 of the $7,000) in Column A and $3,703 (of the $7,000) in Column B. Army one source taxes After you complete the form. Army one source taxes   After you have completed your Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, follow the directions on that form to deduct your expenses on the appropriate line of your tax return. Army one source taxes For most taxpayers, this is line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Army one source taxes However, if you are a government official paid on a fee basis, a performing artist, an Armed Forces reservist, or a disabled employee with impairment-related work expenses, see Special Rules , later. Army one source taxes Limits on employee business expenses. Army one source taxes   Your employee business expenses may be subject to either of the limits described next. Army one source taxes They are figured in the following order on the specified form. Army one source taxes 1. Army one source taxes Limit on meals and entertainment. Army one source taxes   Certain meal and entertainment expenses are subject to a 50% limit. Army one source taxes If you are an employee, you figure this limit on line 9 of Form 2106 or line 5 of Form 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes (See 50% Limit in chapter 2. Army one source taxes ) 2. Army one source taxes Limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Army one source taxes   If you are an employee, deduct your employee business expenses (as figured on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ) on line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Army one source taxes Most miscellaneous itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, are subject to a 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Army one source taxes This limit is figured on line 26 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Army one source taxes 3. Army one source taxes Limit on total itemized deductions. Army one source taxes   If your adjusted gross income (line 38 of Form 1040) is more than $300,000 ($150,000 if you are married filing separately), the total of certain itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, may be limited. Army one source taxes See your form instructions for information on how to figure this limit. Army one source taxes Special Rules This section discusses special rules that apply only to Armed Forces reservists, government officials who are paid on a fee basis, performing artists, and disabled employees with impairment-related work expenses. Army one source taxes Armed Forces Reservists Traveling More Than 100 Miles From Home If you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you can deduct your travel expenses as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Army one source taxes The amount of expenses you can deduct as an adjustment to gross income is limited to the regular federal per diem rate (for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses) and the standard mileage rate (for car expenses) plus any parking fees, ferry fees, and tolls. Army one source taxes See Per Diem and Car Allowances , earlier, for more information. Army one source taxes Any expenses in excess of these amounts can be claimed only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit. Army one source taxes Member of a reserve component. Army one source taxes   You are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States if you are in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve; the Army National Guard of the United States; the Air National Guard of the United States; or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Army one source taxes How to report. Army one source taxes   If you have reserve-related travel that takes you more than 100 miles from home, you should first complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Then include your expenses for reserve travel over 100 miles from home, up to the federal rate, from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Army one source taxes Subtract this amount from the total on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, and deduct the balance as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Army one source taxes   You cannot deduct expenses of travel that does not take you more than 100 miles from home as an adjustment to gross income. Army one source taxes Instead, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and deduct those expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Army one source taxes Officials Paid on a Fee Basis Certain fee-basis officials can claim their employee business expenses whether or not they itemize their other deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Army one source taxes Fee-basis officials are persons who are employed by a state or local government and who are paid in whole or in part on a fee basis. Army one source taxes They can deduct their business expenses in performing services in that job as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Army one source taxes If you are a fee-basis official, include your employee business expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Army one source taxes Expenses of Certain Performing Artists If you are a performing artist, you may qualify to deduct your employee business expenses as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Army one source taxes To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements. Army one source taxes During the tax year, you perform services in the performing arts as an employee for at least two employers. Army one source taxes You receive at least $200 each from any two of these employers. Army one source taxes Your related performing-arts business expenses are more than 10% of your gross income from the performance of those services. Army one source taxes Your adjusted gross income is not more than $16,000 before deducting these business expenses. Army one source taxes Special rules for married persons. Army one source taxes   If you are married, you must file a joint return unless you lived apart from your spouse at all times during the tax year. Army one source taxes If you file a joint return, you must figure requirements (1), (2), and (3) separately for both you and your spouse. Army one source taxes However, requirement (4) applies to your and your spouse's combined adjusted gross income. Army one source taxes Where to report. Army one source taxes   If you meet all of the above requirements, you should first complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Army one source taxes Then you include your performing-arts-related expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Army one source taxes   If you do not meet all of the above requirements, you do not qualify to deduct your expenses as an adjustment to gross income. Army one source taxes Instead, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and deduct your employee business expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Army one source taxes Impairment-Related Work Expenses of Disabled Employees If you are an employee with a physical or mental disability, your impairment-related work expenses are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most other employee business expenses. Army one source taxes After you complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, enter your impairment-related work expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, and identify the type and amount of this expense on the dotted line next to line 28. Army one source taxes Enter your employee business expenses that are unrelated to your disability from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Army one source taxes Impairment-related work expenses are your allowable expenses for attendant care at your workplace and other expenses in connection with your workplace that are necessary for you to be able to work. Army one source taxes You are disabled if you have: A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed, or A physical or mental impairment (for example, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. Army one source taxes You can deduct impairment-related expenses as business expenses if they are: Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily, For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities, and Not specifically covered under other income tax laws. Army one source taxes Example 1. Army one source taxes You are blind. Army one source taxes You must use a reader to do your work. Army one source taxes You use the reader both during your regular working hours at your place of work and outside your regular working hours away from your place of work. Army one source taxes The reader's services are only for your work. Army one source taxes You can deduct your expenses for the reader as business expenses. Army one source taxes Example 2. Army one source taxes You are deaf. Army one source taxes You must use a sign language interpreter during meetings while you are at work. Army one source taxes The interpreter's services are used only for your work. Army one source taxes You can deduct your expenses for the interpreter as business expenses. Army one source taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications