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Filing past taxes 1. Filing past taxes   Definitions You Need To Know Table of Contents Other options. Filing past taxes Exception. Filing past taxes Certain terms used in this publication are defined below. Filing past taxes The same term used in another publication may have a slightly different meaning. Filing past taxes Annual additions. Filing past taxes   Annual additions are the total of all your contributions in a year, employee contributions (not including rollovers), and forfeitures allocated to a participant's account. Filing past taxes Annual benefits. Filing past taxes   Annual benefits are the benefits to be paid yearly in the form of a straight life annuity (with no extra benefits) under a plan to which employees do not contribute and under which no rollover contributions are made. Filing past taxes Business. Filing past taxes   A business is an activity in which a profit motive is present and economic activity is involved. Filing past taxes Service as a newspaper carrier under age 18 or as a public official is not a business. Filing past taxes Common-law employee. Filing past taxes   A common-law employee is any individual who, under common law, would have the status of an employee. Filing past taxes A leased employee can also be a common-law employee. Filing past taxes   A common-law employee is a person who performs services for an employer who has the right to control and direct the results of the work and the way in which it is done. Filing past taxes For example, the employer: Provides the employee's tools, materials, and workplace, and Can fire the employee. Filing past taxes   Common-law employees are not self-employed and cannot set up retirement plans for income from their work, even if that income is self-employment income for social security tax purposes. Filing past taxes For example, common-law employees who are ministers, members of religious orders, full-time insurance salespeople, and U. Filing past taxes S. Filing past taxes citizens employed in the United States by foreign governments cannot set up retirement plans for their earnings from those employments, even though their earnings are treated as self-employment income. Filing past taxes   However, an individual may be a common-law employee and a self-employed person as well. Filing past taxes For example, an attorney can be a corporate common-law employee during regular working hours and also practice law in the evening as a self-employed person. Filing past taxes In another example, a minister employed by a congregation for a salary is a common-law employee even though the salary is treated as self-employment income for social security tax purposes. Filing past taxes However, fees reported on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, for performing marriages, baptisms, and other personal services are self-employment earnings for qualified plan purposes. Filing past taxes Compensation. Filing past taxes   Compensation for plan allocations is the pay a participant received from you for personal services for a year. Filing past taxes You can generally define compensation as including all the following payments. Filing past taxes Wages and salaries. Filing past taxes Fees for professional services. Filing past taxes Other amounts received (cash or noncash) for personal services actually rendered by an employee, including, but not limited to, the following items. Filing past taxes Commissions and tips. Filing past taxes Fringe benefits. Filing past taxes Bonuses. Filing past taxes   For a self-employed individual, compensation means the earned income, discussed later, of that individual. Filing past taxes   Compensation generally includes amounts deferred in the following employee benefit plans. Filing past taxes These amounts are elective deferrals. Filing past taxes Qualified cash or deferred arrangement (section 401(k) plan). Filing past taxes Salary reduction agreement to contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity (section 403(b) plan), a SIMPLE IRA plan, or a SARSEP. Filing past taxes Section 457 nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Filing past taxes Section 125 cafeteria plan. Filing past taxes   However, an employer can choose to exclude elective deferrals under the above plans from the definition of compensation. Filing past taxes The limit on elective deferrals is discussed in chapter 2 under Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension (SARSEP) and in chapter 4. Filing past taxes Other options. Filing past taxes   In figuring the compensation of a participant, you can treat any of the following amounts as the employee's compensation. Filing past taxes The employee's wages as defined for income tax withholding purposes. Filing past taxes The employee's wages you report in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Filing past taxes The employee's social security wages (including elective deferrals). Filing past taxes   Compensation generally cannot include either of the following items. Filing past taxes Nontaxable reimbursements or other expense allowances. Filing past taxes Deferred compensation (other than elective deferrals). Filing past taxes SIMPLE plans. Filing past taxes   A special definition of compensation applies for SIMPLE plans. Filing past taxes See chapter 3. Filing past taxes Contribution. Filing past taxes   A contribution is an amount you pay into a plan for all those participating in the plan, including self-employed individuals. Filing past taxes Limits apply to how much, under the contribution formula of the plan, can be contributed each year for a participant. Filing past taxes Deduction. Filing past taxes   A deduction is the plan contributions you can subtract from gross income on your federal income tax return. Filing past taxes Limits apply to the amount deductible. Filing past taxes Earned income. Filing past taxes   Earned income is net earnings from self-employment, discussed later, from a business in which your services materially helped to produce the income. Filing past taxes   You can also have earned income from property your personal efforts helped create, such as royalties from your books or inventions. Filing past taxes Earned income includes net earnings from selling or otherwise disposing of the property, but it does not include capital gains. Filing past taxes It includes income from licensing the use of property other than goodwill. Filing past taxes   Earned income includes amounts received for services by self-employed members of recognized religious sects opposed to social security benefits who are exempt from self-employment tax. Filing past taxes   If you have more than one business, but only one has a retirement plan, only the earned income from that business is considered for that plan. Filing past taxes Employer. Filing past taxes   An employer is generally any person for whom an individual performs or did perform any service, of whatever nature, as an employee. Filing past taxes A sole proprietor is treated as his or her own employer for retirement plan purposes. Filing past taxes However, a partner is not an employer for retirement plan purposes. Filing past taxes Instead, the partnership is treated as the employer of each partner. Filing past taxes Highly compensated employee. Filing past taxes   A highly compensated employee is an individual who: Owned more than 5% of the interest in your business at any time during the year or the preceding year, regardless of how much compensation that person earned or received, or For the preceding year, received compensation from you of more than $115,000 (if the preceding year is 2012, 2013, or 2014) and, if you so choose, was in the top 20% of employees when ranked by compensation. Filing past taxes Leased employee. Filing past taxes   A leased employee who is not your common-law employee must generally be treated as your employee for retirement plan purposes if he or she does all the following. Filing past taxes Provides services to you under an agreement between you and a leasing organization. Filing past taxes Has performed services for you (or for you and related persons) substantially full time for at least 1 year. Filing past taxes Performs services under your primary direction or control. Filing past taxes Exception. Filing past taxes   A leased employee is not treated as your employee if all the following conditions are met. Filing past taxes Leased employees are not more than 20% of your non-highly compensated work force. Filing past taxes The employee is covered under the leasing organization's qualified pension plan. Filing past taxes The leasing organization's plan is a money purchase pension plan that has all the following provisions. Filing past taxes Immediate participation. Filing past taxes (This requirement does not apply to any individual whose compensation from the leasing organization in each plan year during the 4-year period ending with the plan year is less than $1,000. Filing past taxes ) Full and immediate vesting. Filing past taxes A nonintegrated employer contribution rate of at least 10% of compensation for each participant. Filing past taxes However, if the leased employee is your common-law employee, that employee will be your employee for all purposes, regardless of any pension plan of the leasing organization. Filing past taxes Net earnings from self-employment. Filing past taxes   For SEP and qualified plans, net earnings from self-employment is your gross income from your trade or business (provided your personal services are a material income-producing factor) minus allowable business deductions. Filing past taxes Allowable deductions include contributions to SEP and qualified plans for common-law employees and the deduction allowed for the deductible part of your self-employment tax. Filing past taxes   Net earnings from self-employment does not include items excluded from gross income (or their related deductions) other than foreign earned income and foreign housing cost amounts. Filing past taxes   For the deduction limits, earned income is net earnings for personal services actually rendered to the business. Filing past taxes You take into account the income tax deduction for the deductible part of self-employment tax and the deduction for contributions to the plan made on your behalf when figuring net earnings. Filing past taxes   Net earnings include a partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss (other than separately stated items, such as capital gains and losses). Filing past taxes It does not include income passed through to shareholders of S corporations. Filing past taxes Guaranteed payments to limited partners are net earnings from self-employment if they are paid for services to or for the partnership. Filing past taxes Distributions of other income or loss to limited partners are not net earnings from self-employment. Filing past taxes   For SIMPLE plans, net earnings from self-employment is the amount on line 4 of Short Schedule SE or line 6 of Long Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax, before subtracting any contributions made to the SIMPLE plan for yourself. Filing past taxes Qualified plan. Filing past taxes   A qualified plan is a retirement plan that offers a tax-favored way to save for retirement. Filing past taxes You can deduct contributions made to the plan for your employees. Filing past taxes Earnings on these contributions are generally tax free until distributed at retirement. Filing past taxes Profit-sharing, money purchase, and defined benefit plans are qualified plans. Filing past taxes A 401(k) plan is also a qualified plan. Filing past taxes Participant. Filing past taxes   A participant is an eligible employee who is covered by your retirement plan. Filing past taxes See the discussions of the different types of plans for the definition of an employee eligible to participate in each type of plan. Filing past taxes Partner. Filing past taxes   A partner is an individual who shares ownership of an unincorporated trade or business with one or more persons. Filing past taxes For retirement plans, a partner is treated as an employee of the partnership. Filing past taxes Self-employed individual. Filing past taxes   An individual in business for himself or herself, and whose business is not incorporated, is self-employed. Filing past taxes Sole proprietors and partners are self-employed. Filing past taxes Self-employment can include part-time work. Filing past taxes   Not everyone who has net earnings from self-employment for social security tax purposes is self-employed for qualified plan purposes. Filing past taxes See Common-law employee and Net earnings from self-employment , earlier. Filing past taxes   In addition, certain fishermen may be considered self-employed for setting up a qualified plan. Filing past taxes See Publication 595, Capital Construction Fund for Commercial Fishermen, for the special rules used to determine whether fishermen are self-employed. Filing past taxes Sole proprietor. Filing past taxes   A sole proprietor is an individual who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself, including a single member limited liability company that is treated as a disregarded entity for tax purposes. Filing past taxes For retirement plans, a sole proprietor is treated as both an employer and an employee. Filing past taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2014-26, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, and makes recommendations for improving IRS services.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS and provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”  

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole.

The TAP is also seeking to include at least one additional member to represent international taxpayers. For these purposes, “international taxpayers” are broadly defined to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory. The new international member will not be required to attend any face-to-face meetings.

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2014. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and International.

The panel needs alternates for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. As such, candidates from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans, and non-tax practitioners, are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 11, 2014. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call 888-912-1227 (a toll-free call) and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call). You may also contact the TAP staff at taxpayeradvocacypanel@irs.gov for assistance.

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Filing past taxes Index Symbols 403(b) plans, 403(b) Plans A Accounting methods, Nonaccrual-Experience Method Acquisition date: Special depreciation allowance, Acquisition date test. Filing past taxes Special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, Acquisition date test. Filing past taxes Annuities, tax-sheltered 403(b) plans, 403(b) Plans Assistance (see Tax help) Automobile (see Passenger automobile) B Bonds: New York Liberty, Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone Qualified zone academy, Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds C Car (see Passenger automobile) Car expenses, Car Expenses Catch-up contributions, 403(b), 403(b) Plans Child and dependent care, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Church employees and ministers, Years of service for church employees and ministers. Filing past taxes Clean-fuel vehicle, Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles Comments, Comments and suggestions. Filing past taxes Credit: Child and dependent care, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit for pension plan startup, Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs Electric vehicles, Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles Indian employment, Indian Employment Credit Extended Renewable electricity production, Renewable Electricity Production Credit Welfare-to-work, Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended Work opportunity, Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone , Work Opportunity Credit Extended D Deduction limit, automobile, Passenger Automobiles Deemed IRAs, Deemed IRAs Depletion, Depletion Depreciation: New property, Special Depreciation Allowance Property on reservations, Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations Special depreciation allowance, Special Depreciation Allowance Special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance Supplement to Publication 946, Depreciation E Election: Deemed not to claim special allowance, Deemed election. Filing past taxes Not to claim special allowance, Election Not To Claim the Allowance Not to claim special Liberty Zone allowance, Election Not To Claim the Liberty Zone Allowance Electric vehicle, Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles Eligible educator, Deduction for Educator Expenses Estimated tax payments, Adjusting your withholding or estimated tax payments for 2002. Filing past taxes Excepted property: Special depreciation allowance, Excepted Property Special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, Excepted property. Filing past taxes F Foreign missionaries, Foreign missionaries. Filing past taxes Form 1099, Electronic Form 1099 Free tax services, How To Get Tax Help H Help (see Tax help) I Indian employment credit, Indian Employment Credit Extended Indian reservations, depreciation rules, Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations IRAs, Deemed IRAs L Leasehold improvement property, defined, Qualified leasehold improvement property. Filing past taxes Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property: Defined, Qualified New York Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property. Filing past taxes Depreciated as 5-year property, Liberty Zone Leasehold Improvement Property Returns filed before June 1, 2002, Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 Liberty Zone property: Increased section 179 dollar limit, Increased Dollar Limit Reduced section 179 dollar limit, Reduced Dollar Limit M Marginal production, Depletion More information (see Tax help) N Net operating losses, New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs), New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) New York Liberty Zone: Area defined, New York Liberty Zone Benefits Leasehold improvement property, Liberty Zone Leasehold Improvement Property Section 179 deduction, Increased Section 179 Deduction Special depreciation, Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance Tax incentives, Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone Work opportunity credit, Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone NOLs, New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs), New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) Nonaccrual-experience method, Nonaccrual-Experience Method Nonresidential real property, Nonresidential real property and residential rental property. Filing past taxes P Passenger automobile, limit on, Passenger Automobiles Pension plan startup costs, Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs Placed in service date, Placed in service date test. Filing past taxes , Placed in service date test. Filing past taxes Plans, tax-sheltered annuities, 403(b) plans, 403(b) Plans Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified leasehold improvement property, defined, Qualified leasehold improvement property. Filing past taxes Qualified Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property, Qualified New York Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property. Filing past taxes Qualified property: Increased section 179 deduction, Qualified property. Filing past taxes Special depreciation allowance, Qualified Property Special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, Qualified Liberty Zone Property Qualified zone academy bonds, Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds R Recapture, section 179 deduction, Recapture Rules Renewable electricity, Renewable Electricity Production Credit Residential rental property, Nonresidential real property and residential rental property. Filing past taxes Rollovers, 403(b) plans, Rollovers to and from 403(b) plans. Filing past taxes S Section 1256 contracts, Wash Sale Rules Do Not Apply to Section 1256 Contracts Section 179 deduction: Increased dollar limit for Liberty Zone property, Increased Dollar Limit Reduced dollar limit for Liberty Zone property, Reduced Dollar Limit Returns filed before June 1, 2002, Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 Simplified employee pensions (SEPs), Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs) Special depreciation allowance: Election not to claim, Election Not To Claim the Allowance Excepted property, Excepted Property Qualified property, Qualified Property Requirements for claiming, Qualified Property Returns filed before June 1, 2002, Rules for Returns Filed Before June 1, 2002 Tests for qualification, Tests To Be Met Special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance: Election not to claim, Election Not To Claim the Liberty Zone Allowance Excepted property, Excepted property. Filing past taxes Qualified property, Qualified Liberty Zone Property Requirements for claiming, Qualified Liberty Zone Property Returns filed before June 1, 2002, Returns filed before June 1, 2002. Filing past taxes Tests for qualification, Tests to be met. Filing past taxes Substantial use, special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance, Substantial use test. Filing past taxes Suggestions, Comments and suggestions. Filing past taxes T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Tax-sheltered annuity plans, 403(b) plans, 403(b) Plans Taxpayer Advocate, Contacting your Taxpayer Advocate. Filing past taxes Teachers, classroom materials, Deduction for Educator Expenses Tests for qualification, Tests To Be Met, Tests to be met. Filing past taxes TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help W Wash sale rules, Wash Sale Rules Do Not Apply to Section 1256 Contracts Welfare-to-work credit, Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended Withholding, Adjusting your withholding or estimated tax payments for 2002. Filing past taxes Work opportunity credit, Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone , Work Opportunity Credit Extended Y Years of service, church employees and ministers, Years of service for church employees and ministers. Filing past taxes Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications