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File 2012 and 2013 taxes This chapter covers some of the more common exclusions allowed to resident and nonresident aliens. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Topics - This chapter discusses: Nontaxable interest, Nontaxable dividends, Certain compensation paid by a foreign employer, Gain from sale of home, and Scholarships and fellowship grants. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 54 Tax Guide for U. File 2012 and 2013 taxes S. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad 523 Selling Your Home See chapter 12 for information about getting these publications. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Resident Aliens Resident aliens may be able to exclude the following items from their gross income. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Foreign Earned Income and Housing Amount If you are physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 consecutive months, you may qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. 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File 2012 and 2013 taxes   There is no 30% tax on interest-related dividends from sources within the United States that you receive from a mutual fund or other regulated investment company in 2013. File 2012 and 2013 taxes The mutual fund will designate in writing which dividends are interest-related dividends. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Certain short-term capital gain dividends. File 2012 and 2013 taxes   There may not be any 30% tax on certain short-term capital gain dividends from sources within the United States that you receive from a mutual fund or other regulated investment company. File 2012 and 2013 taxes The mutual fund will designate in writing which dividends are short-term capital gain dividends. File 2012 and 2013 taxes This tax relief will not apply to you if you are present in the United States for 183 days or more during your tax year. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Services Performed for Foreign Employer If you were paid by a foreign employer, your U. 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File 2012 and 2013 taxes This is true even if the fee must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Scholarship or fellowship amounts used to pay these costs are taxable. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Amounts used to pay expenses that do not qualify. File 2012 and 2013 taxes   A scholarship amount used to pay any expense that does not qualify is taxable, even if the expense is a fee that must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Payment for services. File 2012 and 2013 taxes   You cannot exclude from income the portion of any scholarship, fellowship, or tuition reduction that represents payment for past, present, or future teaching, research, or other services. File 2012 and 2013 taxes This is true even if all candidates for a degree are required to perform the services as a condition for receiving the degree. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Example. File 2012 and 2013 taxes On January 7, Maria Gomez is notified of a scholarship of $2,500 for the spring semester. File 2012 and 2013 taxes As a condition for receiving the scholarship, Maria must serve as a part-time teaching assistant. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Of the $2,500 scholarship, $1,000 represents payment for her services. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Assuming that Maria meets all other conditions, she can exclude no more than $1,500 from income as a qualified scholarship. File 2012 and 2013 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Tax Relief for Victims of June 19 Severe Storms in Kentucky

IN-2011-12, Sept. 2, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Victims of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began on June 19, 2011 in parts of Kentucky may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bell, Knox, and Perry. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone until August 18 certain deadlines falling on or after June 19 and on or before August 18 for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area.

In addition, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after June 19 and on or before July 5, 2011, as long as the deposits were made by July 5, 2011.

If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

Covered Disaster Area

The counties listed above constitute a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below.

Affected Taxpayers

Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c) are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was killed or injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.

Grant of Relief

Under section 7508A, the IRS gives affected taxpayers until August 18 to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after June 19 and on or before August 18.

The IRS also gives affected taxpayers until August 18 to perform other time-sensitive actions described in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388 (August 20, 2007), that are due to be performed on or after June 19 and on or before August 18.

This relief also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns, in the manner described in section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56. The relief described in section 17 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property, also applies to certain taxpayers who are not otherwise affected taxpayers and may include acts required to be performed before or after the period above.

The postponement of time to file and pay does not apply to information returns in the W-2, 1098, 1099 series, or to Forms 1042-S or 8027. Penalties for failure to timely file information returns can be waived under existing procedures for reasonable cause. Likewise, the postponement does not apply to employment and excise tax deposits. The IRS, however, will abate penalties for failure to make timely employment and excise tax deposits due on or after June 19 and on or before July 5 provided the taxpayer made these deposits by July 5.

Casualty Losses

Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either this year or last year. Claiming the loss on an original or amended return for last year will get the taxpayer an earlier refund, but waiting to claim the loss on this year’s return could result in a greater tax saving, depending on other income factors.

Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. For details, see Form 4684 and its instructions.
Affected taxpayers claiming the disaster loss on last year’s return should put the Disaster Designation “Kentucky/Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of the refund.

Other Relief

The IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.

Affected taxpayers who are contacted by the IRS on a collection or examination matter should explain how the disaster impacts them so that the IRS can provide appropriate consideration to their case.

Taxpayers may download forms and publications from the official IRS website, irs.gov, or order them by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 1-800-829-1040.

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