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Free file 2011 taxes Supplement to Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses   Introduction This supplemental publication is for taxpayers who purchased a car for business purposes after September 10, 2001, and figure their deductible expenses, including a deduction for depreciation, using the actual car expense method. Free file 2011 taxes After Publication 463 was printed, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 was signed into law by the President. Free file 2011 taxes Certain provisions of this new law may reduce your taxes for 2001. Free file 2011 taxes The new law contains the following provisions. Free file 2011 taxes A new depreciation deduction, the special depreciation allowance. Free file 2011 taxes An increase in the limit on depreciation for any car for which you claim the new special depreciation allowance. Free file 2011 taxes If you have already filed your 2001 return, you may wish to file an amended return to claim any of these benefits. Free file 2011 taxes See Amended Return, later. Free file 2011 taxes Depreciation of Car If you used the actual car expense method to figure your deduction for a car you own and use in your business (or as an employee), you generally can claim a depreciation deduction. Free file 2011 taxes However, there is a limit on the depreciation deduction you can take for your car each year. Free file 2011 taxes See Depreciation Limit later. Free file 2011 taxes Special Depreciation Allowance The new law allows you to claim a special depreciation allowance. Free file 2011 taxes This special allowance is a deduction equal to 30% of the depreciable basis of qualified property. Free file 2011 taxes You figure the amount of the special depreciation allowance after any section 179 deduction you choose to claim, but before figuring your regular depreciation deduction under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). Free file 2011 taxes See Depreciation Deduction under Actual Car Expenses in chapter 4 of Publication 463 for information about MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes You can claim the special depreciation allowance only for the year the qualified property is placed in service. Free file 2011 taxes Qualified property. Free file 2011 taxes   Qualified property includes a car (any four-wheeled vehicle, including a truck or van not more than 6,000 pounds, that is made primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways) that meets all of the following requirements. Free file 2011 taxes You bought it new. Free file 2011 taxes You bought it after September 10, 2001. Free file 2011 taxes (But a car is not qualified property if a binding written contract for you to buy the car was in effect before September 11, 2001. Free file 2011 taxes ) You began using it for business after September 10, 2001, and used it more than 50% in a qualified business use. Free file 2011 taxes Example. 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Free file 2011 taxes (But, filing Form 1040X for 2001 enables you to claim the special allowance earlier than attaching Form 3115 to your 2002 return. Free file 2011 taxes ) You cannot claim the special depreciation allowance on an amended return (or by using Form 3115) if you made, or are treated as having made, the election not to claim it described later. Free file 2011 taxes Example. Free file 2011 taxes The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Bob filed his original 2001 income tax return on April 15, 2002, and claimed a $3,000 ($20,000 x . Free file 2011 taxes 75 x . Free file 2011 taxes 20) depreciation deduction for his new car using MACRS. Free file 2011 taxes Bob now wishes to claim the special depreciation allowance for his new car on an amended 2001 return. Free file 2011 taxes Bob, who is an employee, files Form 1040X, by April 15, 2003, with an updated Form 2106 (revised March 2002) attached, increasing his total depreciation deduction to $5,745, as figured in the earlier example. Free file 2011 taxes Bob's new filled-in Form 2106 is shown later. Free file 2011 taxes Election Not To Claim Special Allowance You can elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance for a car by making a statement attached to, or written on, your return indicating that you are electing not to claim the special depreciation allowance for 5-year property. Free file 2011 taxes As a general rule, you must make this election by the due date (including extensions) of your return. Free file 2011 taxes You can have an automatic extension of 6 months from the due date of your return (excluding extensions) to make the election with an amended return. 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Free file 2011 taxes Income Tax Withholding U. Free file 2011 taxes S. Free file 2011 taxes employers generally must withhold U. Free file 2011 taxes S. Free file 2011 taxes income tax from the pay of U. Free file 2011 taxes S. Free file 2011 taxes citizens working abroad unless the employer is required by foreign law to withhold foreign income tax. Free file 2011 taxes Foreign earned income exclusion. Free file 2011 taxes   Your employer does not have to withhold U. Free file 2011 taxes S. Free file 2011 taxes income taxes from wages you earn abroad if it is reasonable to believe that you will exclude them from income under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. Free file 2011 taxes   Your employer should withhold taxes from any wages you earn for working in the United States. Free file 2011 taxes Statement. 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Free file 2011 taxes If the SSA cannot refund the tax withheld, you must file a Form 1040 or 1040A with the Internal Revenue Service Center at the address listed under Where To File to determine if you are entitled to a refund. Free file 2011 taxes The following information must be submitted with your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Free file 2011 taxes A copy of Form SSA-1042S, Social Security Benefit Statement. Free file 2011 taxes A copy of your “green card. Free file 2011 taxes ” A signed declaration that includes the following statements. Free file 2011 taxes   “I am a U. Free file 2011 taxes S. Free file 2011 taxes lawful permanent resident and my green card has been neither revoked nor administratively or judicially determined to have been abandoned. Free file 2011 taxes I am filing a U. Free file 2011 taxes S. Free file 2011 taxes income tax return for the taxable year as a resident alien reporting all of my worldwide income. 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Free file 2011 taxes   Social security tax does not apply to the value of meals and lodging provided to you for the convenience of your employer if it is reasonable to believe that you will be able to exclude the value from your income. Free file 2011 taxes Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements The United States has entered into agreements with some foreign countries to coordinate social security coverage and taxation of workers who are employed in those countries. Free file 2011 taxes These agreements are commonly referred to as totalization agreements and are in effect with the following countries. Free file 2011 taxes Australia Greece Norway Austria Ireland Poland Belgium Italy Portugal Canada Japan Spain Chile Korea, Sweden Czech South Switzerland Republic Luxembourg United Denmark Netherlands Kingdom Finland     France     Germany           Under these agreements, dual coverage and dual contributions (taxes) for the same work are eliminated. 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