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Efile state taxes 12. Efile state taxes   Business Deduction for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Efile state taxes Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed How To Treat ReimbursementsAccountable Plans Nonaccountable Plans Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping Illustrated Example What's New Standard mileage rate. Efile state taxes  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Efile state taxes 5 cents per mile. Efile state taxes For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted, later. Efile state taxes Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Efile state taxes To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business, or Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education , later. Efile state taxes What is the tax benefit of taking a business deduction for work-related education. Efile state taxes   If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Efile state taxes Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Efile state taxes An itemized deduction reduces the amount of your income subject to tax. Efile state taxes   If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Efile state taxes This reduces the amount of your income subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. Efile state taxes   Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Efile state taxes You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed above. Efile state taxes   Also, your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Efile state taxes Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Efile state taxes Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Efile state taxes This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Efile state taxes The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Efile state taxes The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Efile state taxes The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Efile state taxes However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Efile state taxes Use Figure 12-1, Does Your Work-Related Education Qualify as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Efile state taxes Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. Efile state taxes This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Efile state taxes It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Efile state taxes See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Efile state taxes Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Efile state taxes If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. Efile state taxes This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Efile state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Efile state taxes Figure 12-1 Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Efile state taxes This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Efile state taxes To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Efile state taxes These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Efile state taxes Maintaining skills vs. Efile state taxes qualifying for new job. Efile state taxes   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes Education during temporary absence. Efile state taxes   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Efile state taxes Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for 1 year. Efile state taxes If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. Efile state taxes Education during indefinite absence. Efile state taxes   If you stop work for more than a year, your absence from your job is considered indefinite. Efile state taxes Education during an indefinite absence, even if it maintains or improves skills needed in the work from which you are absent, is considered to qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes Therefore, it is not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education you need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your present trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes The minimum educational requirements are determined by: Laws and regulations, Standards of your profession, trade, or business, and Your employer. Efile state taxes Once you have met the minimum educational requirements that were in effect when you were hired, you do not have to meet any new minimum educational requirements. Efile state taxes This means that if the minimum requirements change after you were hired, any education you need to meet the new requirements can be qualifying education. Efile state taxes You have not necessarily met the minimum educational requirements of your trade or business simply because you are already doing the work. Efile state taxes Example 1. Efile state taxes You are a full-time engineering student. Efile state taxes Although you have not received your degree or certification, you work part time as an engineer for a firm that will employ you as a full-time engineer after you finish college. Efile state taxes Although your college engineering courses improve your skills in your present job, they are also needed to meet the minimum job requirements for a full-time engineer. Efile state taxes The education is not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes Example 2. Efile state taxes You are an accountant and you have met the minimum educational requirements of your employer. Efile state taxes Your employer later changes the minimum educational requirements and requires you to take college courses to keep your job. Efile state taxes These additional courses can be qualifying work-related education because you have already satisfied the minimum requirements that were in effect when you were hired. Efile state taxes Requirements for Teachers States or school districts usually set the minimum educational requirements for teachers. Efile state taxes The requirement is the college degree or the minimum number of college hours usually required of a person hired for that position. Efile state taxes If there are no requirements, you will have met the minimum educational requirements when you become a faculty member. Efile state taxes The determination of whether you are a faculty member of an educational institution must be made on the basis of the particular practices of the institution. Efile state taxes You generally will be considered a faculty member when one or more of the following occurs. Efile state taxes You have tenure. Efile state taxes Your years of service count toward obtaining tenure. Efile state taxes You have a vote in faculty decisions. Efile state taxes Your school makes contributions for you to a retirement plan other than social security or a similar program. Efile state taxes Example 1. Efile state taxes The law in your state requires beginning secondary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree, including 10 professional education courses. Efile state taxes In addition, to keep the job a teacher must complete a fifth year of training within 10 years from the date of hire. Efile state taxes If the employing school certifies to the state Department of Education that qualified teachers cannot be found, the school can hire persons with only 3 years of college. Efile state taxes However, to keep their jobs, these teachers must get a bachelor's degree and the required professional education courses within 3 years. Efile state taxes Under these facts, the bachelor's degree, whether or not it includes the 10 professional education courses, is considered the minimum educational requirement for qualification as a teacher in your state. Efile state taxes If you have all the required education except the fifth year, you have met the minimum educational requirements. Efile state taxes The fifth year of training is qualifying work-related education unless it is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes Example 2. Efile state taxes Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you have a bachelor's degree and only six professional education courses. Efile state taxes The additional four education courses can be qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes Although you do not have all the required courses, you have already met the minimum educational requirements. Efile state taxes Example 3. Efile state taxes Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you are hired with only 3 years of college. Efile state taxes The courses you take that lead to a bachelor's degree (including those in education) are not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes They are needed to meet the minimum educational requirements for employment as a teacher. Efile state taxes Example 4. Efile state taxes You have a bachelor's degree and you work as a temporary instructor at a university. Efile state taxes At the same time, you take graduate courses toward an advanced degree. Efile state taxes The rules of the university state that you can become a faculty member only if you get a graduate degree. Efile state taxes Also, you can keep your job as an instructor only as long as you show satisfactory progress toward getting this degree. Efile state taxes You have not met the minimum educational requirements to qualify you as a faculty member. Efile state taxes The graduate courses are not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes Certification in a new state. Efile state taxes   Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for teachers for your state, you are considered to have met the minimum educational requirements in all states. Efile state taxes This is true even if you must get additional education to be certified in another state. Efile state taxes Any additional education you need is qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes You have already met the minimum requirements for teaching. Efile state taxes Teaching in another state is not a new trade or business. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes You hold a permanent teaching certificate in State A and are employed as a teacher in that state for several years. Efile state taxes You move to State B and are promptly hired as a teacher. Efile state taxes You are required, however, to complete certain prescribed courses to get a permanent teaching certificate in State B. Efile state taxes These additional courses are qualifying work-related education because the teaching position in State B involves the same general kind of work for which you were qualified in State A. Efile state taxes Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Efile state taxes If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Efile state taxes Example 1. Efile state taxes You are an accountant. Efile state taxes Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Efile state taxes You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Efile state taxes Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes Example 2. Efile state taxes You are a general practitioner of medicine. Efile state taxes You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Efile state taxes The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Efile state taxes It is qualifying work- related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Efile state taxes Example 3. Efile state taxes While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Efile state taxes The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Efile state taxes The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Efile state taxes It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Efile state taxes Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Efile state taxes Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Efile state taxes A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Efile state taxes Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Efile state taxes Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Efile state taxes Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Efile state taxes Classroom teacher to school administrator. Efile state taxes What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. Efile state taxes If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Efile state taxes You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Efile state taxes Deductible expenses. Efile state taxes   The following education expenses can be deducted. Efile state taxes Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Efile state taxes Certain transportation and travel costs. Efile state taxes Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Efile state taxes Nondeductible expenses. Efile state taxes   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Efile state taxes For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Efile state taxes This amount is a personal expense. Efile state taxes Unclaimed reimbursement. Efile state taxes   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Efile state taxes You do not file a voucher and you do not get reimbursed. Efile state taxes Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Efile state taxes Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Efile state taxes If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. Efile state taxes Temporary basis. Efile state taxes   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Efile state taxes Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Efile state taxes Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Efile state taxes Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Efile state taxes If you are in either situation (1) or (2) above, your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Efile state taxes Attendance not on a temporary basis. Efile state taxes   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Efile state taxes Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Efile state taxes It does not matter how long you actually attend. Efile state taxes Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Efile state taxes Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Efile state taxes Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. Efile state taxes This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Efile state taxes Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Efile state taxes Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Efile state taxes Example 1. Efile state taxes You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Efile state taxes You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Efile state taxes Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Efile state taxes This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Efile state taxes Example 2. Efile state taxes Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Efile state taxes You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Efile state taxes Example 3. Efile state taxes Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Efile state taxes Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Efile state taxes Example 4. Efile state taxes Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Efile state taxes Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Efile state taxes If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Efile state taxes If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. Efile state taxes Using your car. Efile state taxes    If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. Efile state taxes The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, is 56. Efile state taxes 5 cents per mile. Efile state taxes Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Efile state taxes See Publication 463, chapter 4, for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Efile state taxes Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Efile state taxes For more information, see chapter 1 of Publication 463. Efile state taxes You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Efile state taxes Mainly personal travel. Efile state taxes   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Efile state taxes You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Efile state taxes   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Efile state taxes An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Efile state taxes If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. Efile state taxes Example 1. Efile state taxes John works in Newark, New Jersey. Efile state taxes He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Efile state taxes His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Efile state taxes While there, he took a sightseeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Efile state taxes Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Efile state taxes He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Efile state taxes He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Efile state taxes Example 2. Efile state taxes Sue works in Boston. Efile state taxes She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Efile state taxes The course is qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Efile state taxes She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Efile state taxes Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Efile state taxes Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Efile state taxes She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Efile state taxes She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Efile state taxes Example 3. Efile state taxes Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Efile state taxes The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Efile state taxes The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Efile state taxes Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Efile state taxes He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Efile state taxes Cruises and conventions. Efile state taxes   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Efile state taxes Even if the seminars or courses are work related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Efile state taxes This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Efile state taxes   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Efile state taxes 50% limit on meals. Efile state taxes   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes If you were reimbursed for the meals, see How To Treat Reimbursements , later. Efile state taxes   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Efile state taxes Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes You are a French language teacher. Efile state taxes While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. Efile state taxes You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. Efile state taxes You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. Efile state taxes This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. Efile state taxes No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. Efile state taxes Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, as a tuition and fees deduction. Efile state taxes Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Efile state taxes See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses, next. Efile state taxes Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. Efile state taxes You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Efile state taxes Tax-free educational assistance. Efile state taxes   This includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions). Efile state taxes Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. Efile state taxes Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. Efile state taxes   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Efile state taxes Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. Efile state taxes How To Treat Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. Efile state taxes There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. Efile state taxes You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. Efile state taxes Note. Efile state taxes The following rules about reimbursement arrangements also apply to expense allowances received from your employer. Efile state taxes Accountable Plans To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must require you to meet all three of the following rules. Efile state taxes Your expenses must have a business connection. Efile state taxes This means your expenses must be deductible under the rules for qualifying work-related education explained earlier. Efile state taxes You must adequately account to your employer for your expenses within a reasonable period of time. Efile state taxes You must return any reimbursement or allowance in excess of the expenses accounted for within a reasonable period of time. Efile state taxes If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, your employer should not include any reimbursement in your income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Efile state taxes If your employer included reimbursements in box 1 of your Form W-2 and you meet all three rules for accountable plans, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. Efile state taxes Accountable plan rules not met. Efile state taxes   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules for accountable plans. Efile state taxes Those expenses that fail to meet the three rules are treated as having been reimbursed under a Nonaccountable Plan (discussed later). Efile state taxes Expenses equal reimbursement. Efile state taxes   Under an accountable plan, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Efile state taxes Because your expenses and reimbursements are equal, you do not have a deduction. Efile state taxes Excess expenses. Efile state taxes   If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses. Efile state taxes This is discussed later, under Deducting Business Expenses . Efile state taxes Allocating your reimbursements for meals. Efile state taxes   Because your excess meal expenses are subject to the 50% limit, you must figure them separately from your other expenses. Efile state taxes If your employer paid you a single amount to cover both meals and other expenses, you must allocate the reimbursement so that you can figure your excess meal expenses separately. Efile state taxes Make the allocation as follows. Efile state taxes Divide your meal expenses by your total expenses. Efile state taxes Multiply your total reimbursement by the result from (1). Efile state taxes This is the allocated reimbursement for your meal expenses. Efile state taxes Subtract the amount figured in (2) from your total reimbursement. Efile state taxes The difference is the allocated reimbursement for your other expenses of qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes Example. Efile state taxes Your employer paid you an expense allowance of $2,000 under an accountable plan. Efile state taxes The allowance was to cover all of your expenses of traveling away from home to take a 2-week training course for work. Efile state taxes There was no indication of how much of the reimbursement was for each type of expense. Efile state taxes Your actual expenses equal $2,500 ($425 for meals + $700 lodging + $150 transportation expenses + $1,225 for books and tuition). Efile state taxes Using the steps listed above, allocate the reimbursement between the $425 meal expenses and the $2,075 other expenses. Efile state taxes   1. Efile state taxes $425 meal expenses  $2,500 total expenses = . Efile state taxes 17   2. Efile state taxes $2,000 (reimbursement)×. Efile state taxes 17     =$340 (allocated reimbursement for meal expenses)   3. Efile state taxes $2,000 (reimbursement)−$340 (meals)     = $1,660 (allocated reimbursement for other qualifying work-related education expenses) Your excess meal expenses are $85 ($425 − $340) and your excess other expenses are $415 ($2,075 − $1,660). Efile state taxes After you apply the 50% limit to your meals, you have a deduction for work-related education expenses of $458 (($85 × 50%) + $415). Efile state taxes Nonaccountable Plans 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 and report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Efile state taxes You can deduct your expenses regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. Efile state taxes This is discussed later under Deducting Business Expenses . Efile state taxes An illustrated example of a nonaccountable plan, using Form 2106-EZ, is shown at the end of this chapter. Efile state taxes Reimbursements for nondeductible expenses. Efile state taxes   Reimbursements you received for nondeductible expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Efile state taxes You must include them in your income. Efile state taxes For example, you must include in your income reimbursements your employer gave you for expenses of education that: You need to meet the minimum educational requirements for your job, or Is part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new trade or business. Efile state taxes   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Efile state taxes Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report their business expenses differently. Efile state taxes The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Efile state taxes Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, you must report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040)). Efile state taxes If your education expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. Efile state taxes See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Efile state taxes Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. Efile state taxes If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Efile state taxes If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Efile state taxes In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Efile state taxes (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Efile state taxes ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Efile state taxes Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Efile state taxes   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Efile state taxes Form not required. Efile state taxes   Do not complete either Form 2106 or 2106-EZ if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Efile state taxes   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Efile state taxes (Special rules for expenses of certain Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials and for Impairment-Related Work Expenses are explained later. Efile state taxes ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Efile state taxes   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Efile state taxes Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. Efile state taxes   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Efile state taxes Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. Efile state taxes Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24, or Form 1040NR, line 35. Efile state taxes You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040 or 1040NR), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Efile state taxes You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Efile state taxes For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Efile state taxes Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 14. Efile state taxes They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Efile state taxes To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Efile state taxes For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Efile state taxes Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Efile state taxes Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. Efile state taxes If you are an employee who is reimbursed for expenses and you give your records and documentation to your employer, you do not have to keep duplicate copies of this information. Efile state taxes However, you should keep your records for a 3-year period if: You claim deductions for expenses that are more than your reimbursement, Your employer does not use adequate accounting procedures to verify expense accounts, You are related to your employer, or Your expenses are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Efile state taxes Examples of records to keep. Efile state taxes   If any of the above cases apply to you, you must be able to prove that your expenses are deductible. Efile state taxes You should keep adequate records or have sufficient evidence that will support your expenses. Efile state taxes Estimates or approximations do not qualify as proof of an expense. Efile state taxes Some examples of what can be used to help prove your expenses are: Documents, such as transcripts, course descriptions, catalogs, etc. Efile state taxes , showing periods of enrollment in educational institutions, principal subjects studied, and descriptions of educational activity. Efile state taxes Canceled checks and receipts to verify amounts you spent for: Tuition and books, Meals and lodging while away from home overnight for educational purposes, Travel and transportation, and Other education expenses. Efile state taxes Statements from your employer explaining whether the education was necessary for you to keep your job, salary, or status; how the education helped maintain or improve skills needed in your job; how much reimbursement you received; and, if you are a teacher, the type of certificate and subjects taught. Efile state taxes Complete information about any scholarship or fellowship grants, including amounts you received during the year. Efile state taxes Illustrated Example Victor Jones teaches math at a private high school in North Carolina. Efile state taxes He was selected to attend a 3-week math seminar at a university in California. Efile state taxes The seminar will improve his skills in his current job and is qualifying work-related education. Efile state taxes He was reimbursed for his expenses under his employer's nonaccountable plan, so his reimbursement of $2,100 is included in the wages shown in box 1 of his Form W-2. Efile state taxes Victor will file Form 1040. Efile state taxes His actual expenses for the seminar are as follows:   Lodging   $1,050     Meals   526     Airfare   550     Taxi fares   50     Tuition and books   400     Total Expenses   $2,576   Victor files Form 2106-EZ with his tax return. Efile state taxes He shows his expenses for the seminar in Part I of the form. Efile state taxes He enters $1,650 ($1,050 + $550 + $50) on line 3 to account for his lodging, airfare, and taxi fares. Efile state taxes He enters $400 on line 4 for his tuition and books. Efile state taxes On the line provided for total meals and entertainment expenses, Victor enters $526 for meal expenses. Efile state taxes He multiplies that amount by 50% and enters the result, $263, on line 5. Efile state taxes On line 6, Victor totals the amounts from lines 3 through 5. Efile state taxes He carries the total, $2,313, to Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Efile state taxes Since he does not claim any vehicle expenses, Victor leaves Part II blank. Efile state taxes His filled-in form is shown on the next page. Efile state taxes This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Efile state taxes Please click the link to view the image. Efile state taxes Form 2106-EZ for V. Efile state taxes Jones Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Efile state taxes Publication 957 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments Introduction Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 957, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Efile state taxes irs. Efile state taxes gov/pub957. Efile state taxes Introduction The Social Security Administration (SSA) has special rules for back pay awarded by a court or government agency to enforce a worker protection statute (law). Efile state taxes The SSA also has rules for reporting special wage payments made to employees after they retire. Efile state taxes These rules enable the SSA to correctly compute an employee's benefits under the social security earnings test. Efile state taxes These rules are for social security coverage and benefit purposes only. Efile state taxes This publication, written primarily for employers, discusses back pay under a statute and special wage payments. Efile state taxes It also explains how to report these payments to the SSA. Efile state taxes For more information, visit SSA's website at www. Efile state taxes socialsecurity. Efile state taxes gov/employer. Efile state taxes To get a copy of Form SSA-131, Employer Report of Special Wage Payments, visit SSA's website at www. Efile state taxes socialsecurity. Efile state taxes gov/online/ssa-131. Efile state taxes html. Efile state taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications