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Lowest price state tax filing Filing Status*   Amount Single $10,000 65 or older $11,500 Head of household $12,850 65 or older $14,350 Qualifying widow(er) $16,100 65 or older $17,300 Married filing jointly $20,000 Not living with spouse at end of year $3,900 One spouse 65 or older $21,200 Both spouses 65 or older $22,400 Married filing separately $3,900 *If you are the dependent of another taxpayer, see the instructions for Form 1040 for more information on whether you must file a return. Lowest price state tax filing Gross income. Lowest price state tax filing   This includes all income you receive in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax. Lowest price state tax filing   For purposes of determining whether you must file a return, gross income includes any income that you can exclude as foreign earned income or as a foreign housing amount. 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Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or resident alien, but not a bona fide resident of the CNMI during the entire tax year, you should file a return with the United States. Lowest price state tax filing Send your return to the address listed under Where To File. Lowest price state tax filing   See Publication 570 for information about filing Northern Mariana Islands returns. Lowest price state tax filing Nonresident Alien Spouse Treated as a Resident If, at the end of your tax year, you are married and one spouse is a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or a resident alien and the other is a nonresident alien, you can choose to treat the nonresident as a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing resident. Lowest price state tax filing This includes situations in which one of you is a nonresident alien at the beginning of the tax year and a resident alien at the end of the year and the other is a nonresident alien at the end of the year. Lowest price state tax filing If you make this choice, the following two rules apply. Lowest price state tax filing You and your spouse are treated, for income tax purposes, as residents for all tax years that the choice is in effect. Lowest price state tax filing You must file a joint income tax return for the year you make the choice. Lowest price state tax filing This means that neither of you can claim under any tax treaty not to be a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing resident for a tax year for which the choice is in effect. Lowest price state tax filing You can file joint or separate returns in years after the year in which you make the choice. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1. Lowest price state tax filing Pat Smith, a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen, is married to Norman, a nonresident alien. Lowest price state tax filing Pat and Norman make the choice to treat Norman as a resident alien by attaching a statement to their joint return. Lowest price state tax filing Pat and Norman must report their worldwide income for the year they make the choice and for all later years unless the choice is ended or suspended. Lowest price state tax filing Although Pat and Norman must file a joint return for the year they make the choice, they can file either joint or separate returns for later years. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2. Lowest price state tax filing When Bob and Sharon Williams got married, both were nonresident aliens. Lowest price state tax filing In June of last year, Bob became a resident alien and remained a resident for the rest of the year. Lowest price state tax filing Bob and Sharon both choose to be treated as resident aliens by attaching a statement to their joint return for last year. Lowest price state tax filing Bob and Sharon must report their worldwide income for last year and all later years unless the choice is ended or suspended. Lowest price state tax filing Bob and Sharon must file a joint return for last year, but they can file either joint or separate returns for later years. Lowest price state tax filing If you do not choose to treat your nonresident alien spouse as a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing resident, you may be able to use head of household filing status. Lowest price state tax filing To use this status, you must pay more than half the cost of maintaining a household for certain dependents or relatives other than your nonresident alien spouse. Lowest price state tax filing For more information, see Publication 501. Lowest price state tax filing Social Security Number (SSN) If you choose to treat your nonresident alien spouse as a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing resident, your spouse must have either an SSN or an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Lowest price state tax filing To get an SSN for a nonresident alien spouse, apply at an office of the U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Social Security Administration (SSA) or U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing consulate. Lowest price state tax filing You must complete Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, available at www. Lowest price state tax filing socialsecurity. Lowest price state tax filing gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213. Lowest price state tax filing You must also provide original or certified copies of documents to verify that spouse's age, identity, and citizenship. Lowest price state tax filing If the nonresident alien spouse is not eligible to get an SSN, he or she can file Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, with the IRS to apply for an ITIN. Lowest price state tax filing How To Make the Choice Attach a statement, signed by both spouses, to your joint return for the first tax year for which the choice applies. Lowest price state tax filing It should contain the following: A declaration that one spouse was a nonresident alien and the other spouse a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or resident alien on the last day of your tax year and that you choose to be treated as U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing residents for the entire tax year, and The name, address, and social security number (or individual taxpayer identification number) of each spouse. Lowest price state tax filing (If one spouse died, include the name and address of the person making the choice for the deceased spouse. Lowest price state tax filing ) You generally make this choice when you file your joint return. Lowest price state tax filing However, you also can make the choice by filing a joint amended return on Form 1040X. Lowest price state tax filing Attach Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and print “Amended” across the top of the amended return. Lowest price state tax filing If you make the choice with an amended return, you and your spouse also must amend any returns that you may have filed after the year for which you made the choice. Lowest price state tax filing You generally must file the amended joint return within 3 years from the date you filed your original U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing income tax return or 2 years from the date you paid your income tax for that year, whichever is later. Lowest price state tax filing Table 1–1. Lowest price state tax filing Ending the Choice To Treat Nonresident Alien Spouse as a Resident Revocation   Either spouse can revoke the choice for any tax year. Lowest price state tax filing   • The revocation must be made by the due date for filing the tax return for that tax year. Lowest price state tax filing   • The spouse who revokes the choice must attach a signed statement declaring that the choice is being revoked. Lowest price state tax filing The statement revoking the choice must include the following:     • The name, address, and social security number (or taxpayer identification number) of each spouse. Lowest price state tax filing     • The name and address of any person who is revoking the choice for a deceased spouse. Lowest price state tax filing     • A list of any states, foreign countries, and possessions that have community property laws in which either spouse is domiciled or where real property is located from which either spouse receives income. Lowest price state tax filing   • If the spouse revoking the choice does not have to file a return and does not file a claim for refund, send the statement to the Internal Revenue Service Center where the last joint return was filed. Lowest price state tax filing Death   The death of either spouse ends the choice, beginning with the first tax year following the year in which the spouse died. Lowest price state tax filing   • If the surviving spouse is a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or resident alien and is entitled to the joint tax rates as a surviving spouse, the choice will not end until the close of the last year for which these joint rates may be used. Lowest price state tax filing   • If both spouses die in the same tax year, the choice ends on the first day after the close of the tax year in which the spouses died. Lowest price state tax filing Divorce or  Legal separation   A divorce or legal separation ends the choice as of the beginning of the tax year in which the legal separation occurs. Lowest price state tax filing Inadequate records   The Internal Revenue Service can end the choice for any tax year that either spouse has failed to keep adequate books, records, and other information necessary to determine the correct income tax liability, or to provide adequate access to those records. Lowest price state tax filing Suspending the Choice The choice to be treated as a resident alien does not apply to any later tax year if neither of you is a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or resident alien at any time during the later tax year. Lowest price state tax filing Example. Lowest price state tax filing Dick Brown was a resident alien on December 31, 2010, and married to Judy, a nonresident alien. Lowest price state tax filing They chose to treat Judy as a resident alien and filed a joint 2010 income tax return. Lowest price state tax filing On January 10, 2012, Dick became a nonresident alien. Lowest price state tax filing Judy had remained a nonresident alien. Lowest price state tax filing Because Dick was a resident alien during part of 2012, Dick and Judy can file joint or separate returns for that year. Lowest price state tax filing Neither Dick nor Judy was a resident alien at any time during 2013 and their choice is suspended for that year. Lowest price state tax filing For 2013, both are treated as nonresident aliens. Lowest price state tax filing If Dick becomes a resident alien again in 2014, their choice is no longer suspended and both are treated as resident aliens. Lowest price state tax filing Ending the Choice Once made, the choice to be treated as a resident applies to all later years unless suspended (as explained earlier) or ended in one of the ways shown in Table 1-1. Lowest price state tax filing If the choice is ended for any of the reasons listed in Table 1-1, neither spouse can make a choice in any later tax year. Lowest price state tax filing Estimated Tax The requirements for determining who must pay estimated tax are the same for a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or resident abroad as for a taxpayer in the United States. Lowest price state tax filing For current instructions on making estimated tax payments, see Form 1040-ES. Lowest price state tax filing If you had a tax liability for 2013, you may have to pay estimated tax for 2014. Lowest price state tax filing Generally, you must make estimated tax payments for 2014 if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for 2014 after subtracting your withholding and credits and you expect your withholding and credits to be less than the smaller of: 90% of the tax to be shown on your 2014 tax return, or 100% of the tax shown on your 2013 tax return. Lowest price state tax filing (The return must cover all 12 months. Lowest price state tax filing ) If less than two-thirds of your gross income for 2013 and 2014 is from farming or fishing and your adjusted gross income for 2013 is more than $150,000 ($75,000 if you are married and file separately), substitute 110% for 100% in (2). Lowest price state tax filing See Publication 505 for more information. Lowest price state tax filing The first installment of estimated tax is due on April 15, 2014. Lowest price state tax filing Foreign earned income exclusion. Lowest price state tax filing   When figuring your estimated gross income, subtract amounts you expect to exclude under the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing exclusion. Lowest price state tax filing In addition, you can reduce your income by your estimated foreign housing deduction. Lowest price state tax filing However, you must estimate tax on your nonexcluded income using the tax rates that will apply had you not excluded the income. Lowest price state tax filing If the actual amount of the exclusion or deduction is less than you estimate, you may have to pay a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. Lowest price state tax filing   For more information about figuring your estimated tax, see Publication 505. Lowest price state tax filing Other Forms You May Have To File FinCEN Form 114 (replaces Form TD F 90-22. Lowest price state tax filing 1). Lowest price state tax filing   Beginning October 1, 2013, Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), must be filed instead of Form TD F 90-22. Lowest price state tax filing 1. Lowest price state tax filing Form 114 is filed electronically with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Lowest price state tax filing See the filing instructions at www. Lowest price state tax filing bsaefiling. Lowest price state tax filing fincen. Lowest price state tax filing treas. Lowest price state tax filing gov/main. Lowest price state tax filing html. Lowest price state tax filing   You must file Form 114 if you had any financial interest in, or signature or other authority over a bank, securities, or other financial account in a foreign country. Lowest price state tax filing You do not need to file the report if the assets are with a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing military banking facility operated by a financial institution or if the combined assets in the account(s) are $10,000 or less during the entire year. Lowest price state tax filing   More information about the filing of Form 114 can be found in the instructions for the form. Lowest price state tax filing FinCEN Form 105. Lowest price state tax filing   You must file Form 105, Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments, if you physically transport, mail, ship, or cause to be physically transported, mailed, or shipped into or out of the United States, currency or other monetary instruments totaling more than $10,000 at one time. Lowest price state tax filing Certain recipients of currency or monetary instruments also must file Form 105. Lowest price state tax filing   More information about the filing of Form 105 can be found in the instructions on the back of the form. Lowest price state tax filing Form 8938. Lowest price state tax filing   You must file Form 8938 to report the ownership of specified foreign financial assets if the total value of those assets exceeds an applicable threshold amount (the “reporting threshold ”). Lowest price state tax filing The reporting threshold varies depending on whether you live in the United States, are married, or file a joint income tax return with your spouse. Lowest price state tax filing Specified foreign financial assets include any financial account maintained by a foreign financial institution and, to the extent held for investment, any stock, securities, or any other interest in a foreign entity and any financial instrument or contract with an issuer or counterparty that is not a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing person. 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Lowest price state tax filing Publication 596 - Main Content Table of Contents Chapter 1—Rules for EveryoneRule 1—Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Limits Rule 2—You Must Have a Valid Social Security Number (SSN) Rule 3—Your Filing Status Cannot Be Married Filing Separately Rule 4—You Must Be a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Citizen or Resident Alien All Year Rule 5—You Cannot File Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ Rule 6—Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less Rule 7—You Must Have Earned Income Chapter 2—Rules If You Have a Qualifying ChildRule 8—Your Child Must Meet the Relationship, Age, Residency, and Joint Return Tests Rule 9—Your Qualifying Child Cannot Be Used by More Than One Person To Claim the EIC Rule 10—You Cannot Be a Qualifying Child of Another Taxpayer Chapter 3—Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying ChildRule 11—You Must Be at Least Age 25 but Under Age 65 Rule 12—You Cannot Be the Dependent of Another Person Rule 13—You Cannot Be a Qualifying Child of Another Taxpayer Rule 14—You Must Have Lived in the United States More Than Half of the Year Chapter 4—Figuring and Claiming the EICRule 15—Earned Income Limits IRS Will Figure the EIC for You How To Figure the EIC Yourself Schedule EIC Chapter 5—Disallowance of the EICForm 8862 Are You Prohibited From Claiming the EIC for a Period of Years? Chapter 6—Detailed ExamplesExample 1—Sharon Rose Example 2—Cynthia and Jerry Grey Chapter 1—Rules for Everyone This chapter discusses Rules 1 through 7. Lowest price state tax filing You must meet all seven rules to qualify for the earned income credit. Lowest price state tax filing If you do not meet all seven rules, you cannot get the credit and you do not need to read the rest of the publication. Lowest price state tax filing If you meet all seven rules in this chapter, then read either chapter 2 or chapter 3 (whichever applies) for more rules you must meet. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 1—Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Limits Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than: $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children, $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children, $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Adjusted gross income (AGI). Lowest price state tax filing   AGI is the amount on line 4 of Form 1040EZ, line 22 of Form 1040A, or line 38 of Form 1040. Lowest price state tax filing   If your AGI is equal to or more than the applicable limit listed above, you cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing You do not need to read the rest of this publication. Lowest price state tax filing Example—AGI is more than limit. Lowest price state tax filing Your AGI is $38,550, you are single, and you have one qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC because your AGI is not less than $37,870. Lowest price state tax filing However, if your filing status was married filing jointly, you might be able to claim the EIC because your AGI is less than $43,210. Lowest price state tax filing Community property. Lowest price state tax filing   If you are married, but qualify to file as head of household under special rules for married taxpayers living apart (see Rule 3), and live in a state that has community property laws, your AGI includes that portion of both your and your spouse's wages that you are required to include in gross income. Lowest price state tax filing This is different from the community property rules that apply under Rule 7. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 2—You Must Have a Valid Social Security Number (SSN) To claim the EIC, you (and your spouse, if filing a joint return) must have a valid SSN issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Lowest price state tax filing Any qualifying child listed on Schedule EIC also must have a valid SSN. Lowest price state tax filing (See Rule 8 if you have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing ) If your social security card (or your spouse's, if filing a joint return) says “Not valid for employment” and your SSN was issued so that you (or your spouse) could get a federally funded benefit, you cannot get the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing An example of a federally funded benefit is Medicaid. Lowest price state tax filing If you have a card with the legend “Not valid for employment” and your immigration status has changed so that you are now a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or permanent resident, ask the SSA for a new social security card without the legend. Lowest price state tax filing If you get the new card after you have already filed your return, you can file an amended return on Form 1040X, Amended U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Individual Income Tax Return, to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen. Lowest price state tax filing   If you were a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen when you received your SSN, you have a valid SSN. Lowest price state tax filing Valid for work only with INS authorization or DHS authorization. Lowest price state tax filing   If your social security card reads “Valid for work only with INS authorization” or “Valid for work only with DHS authorization,” you have a valid SSN, but only if that authorization is still valid. Lowest price state tax filing SSN missing or incorrect. Lowest price state tax filing   If an SSN for you or your spouse is missing from your tax return or is incorrect, you may not get the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Other taxpayer identification number. Lowest price state tax filing   You cannot get the EIC if, instead of an SSN, you (or your spouse, if filing a joint return) have an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Lowest price state tax filing ITINs are issued by the Internal Revenue Service to noncitizens who cannot get an SSN. Lowest price state tax filing No SSN. Lowest price state tax filing   If you do not have a valid SSN, put “No” next to line 64a (Form 1040), line 38a (Form 1040A), or line 8a (Form 1040EZ). Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Getting an SSN. Lowest price state tax filing   If you (or your spouse, if filing a joint return) do not have an SSN, you can apply for one by filing Form SS-5 with the SSA. Lowest price state tax filing You can get Form SS-5 online at www. Lowest price state tax filing socialsecurity. Lowest price state tax filing gov, from your local SSA office, or by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. Lowest price state tax filing Filing deadline approaching and still no SSN. Lowest price state tax filing   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have an SSN, you have two choices. Lowest price state tax filing Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. Lowest price state tax filing You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Individual Income Tax Return. Lowest price state tax filing For more information, see the instructions for Form 4868. Lowest price state tax filing File the return on time without claiming the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing After receiving the SSN, file an amended return, Form 1040X, claiming the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Attach a filled-in Schedule EIC, Earned Income Credit, if you have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 3—Your Filing Status Cannot Be “Married Filing Separately” If you are married, you usually must file a joint return to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Your filing status cannot be “Married filing separately. Lowest price state tax filing ” Spouse did not live with you. Lowest price state tax filing   If you are married and your spouse did not live in your home at any time during the last 6 months of the year, you may be able to file as head of household, instead of married filing separately. Lowest price state tax filing In that case, you may be able to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing For detailed information about filing as head of household, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 4—You Must Be a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Citizen or Resident Alien All Year If you (or your spouse, if married) were a nonresident alien for any part of the year, you cannot claim the earned income credit unless your filing status is married filing jointly. Lowest price state tax filing You can use that filing status only if one spouse is a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing citizen or resident alien and you choose to treat the nonresident spouse as a U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing resident. Lowest price state tax filing If you make this choice, you and your spouse are taxed on your worldwide income. Lowest price state tax filing If you need more information on making this choice, get Publication 519, U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Tax Guide for Aliens. Lowest price state tax filing If you (or your spouse, if married) were a nonresident alien for any part of the year and your filing status is not married filing jointly, enter “No” on the dotted line next to line 64a (Form 1040) or in the space to the left of line 38a (Form 1040A). Lowest price state tax filing Rule 5—You Cannot File Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ You cannot claim the earned income credit if you file Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Lowest price state tax filing You file these forms to exclude income earned in foreign countries from your gross income, or to deduct or exclude a foreign housing amount. Lowest price state tax filing U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing possessions are not foreign countries. Lowest price state tax filing See Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, for more detailed information. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 6—Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less You cannot claim the earned income credit unless your investment income is $3,300 or less. Lowest price state tax filing If your investment income is more than $3,300, you cannot claim the credit. Lowest price state tax filing Form 1040EZ. Lowest price state tax filing   If you file Form 1040EZ, your investment income is the total of the amount on line 2 and the amount of any tax-exempt interest you wrote to the right of the words “Form 1040EZ” on line 2. Lowest price state tax filing Form 1040A. Lowest price state tax filing   If you file Form 1040A, your investment income is the total of the amounts on lines 8a (taxable interest), 8b (tax-exempt interest), 9a (ordinary dividends), and 10 (capital gain distributions) on that form. Lowest price state tax filing Form 1040. Lowest price state tax filing   If you file Form 1040, use Worksheet 1 in this chapter to figure your investment income. Lowest price state tax filing    Worksheet 1. Lowest price state tax filing Investment Income If You Are Filing Form 1040 Use this worksheet to figure investment income for the earned income credit when you file Form 1040. Lowest price state tax filing Interest and Dividends         1. Lowest price state tax filing Enter any amount from Form 1040, line 8a 1. Lowest price state tax filing   2. Lowest price state tax filing Enter any amount from Form 1040, line 8b, plus any amount on Form 8814, line 1b 2. Lowest price state tax filing   3. Lowest price state tax filing Enter any amount from Form 1040, line 9a 3. Lowest price state tax filing   4. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 21, that is from Form 8814 if you are filing that form to report your child's interest and dividend income on your return. Lowest price state tax filing (If your child received an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, use Worksheet 2 in this chapter to figure the amount to enter on this line. Lowest price state tax filing ) 4. Lowest price state tax filing   Capital Gain Net Income         5. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount from Form 1040, line 13. Lowest price state tax filing If the amount on that line is a loss, enter -0- 5. Lowest price state tax filing       6. Lowest price state tax filing Enter any gain from Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, line 7. Lowest price state tax filing If the amount on that line is a loss, enter -0-. Lowest price state tax filing (But, if you completed lines 8 and 9 of Form 4797, enter the amount from line 9 instead. Lowest price state tax filing ) 6. Lowest price state tax filing       7. Lowest price state tax filing Substract line 6 of this worksheet from line 5 of this worksheet. Lowest price state tax filing (If the result is less than zero, enter -0-. Lowest price state tax filing ) 7. Lowest price state tax filing   Royalties and Rental Income From Personal Property         8. Lowest price state tax filing Enter any royalty income from Schedule E, line 23b, plus any income from the rental of personal property shown on Form 1040, line 21 8. Lowest price state tax filing       9. Lowest price state tax filing Enter any expenses from Schedule E, line 20, related to royalty income, plus any expenses from the rental of personal property deducted on Form 1040, line 36 9. Lowest price state tax filing       10. Lowest price state tax filing Subtract the amount on line 9 of this worksheet from the amount on line 8. Lowest price state tax filing (If the result is less than zero, enter -0-. Lowest price state tax filing ) 10. Lowest price state tax filing   Passive Activities         11. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the total of any net income from passive activities (such as income included on Schedule E, line 26, 29a (col. Lowest price state tax filing (g)), 34a (col. Lowest price state tax filing (d)), or 40). Lowest price state tax filing (See instructions below for lines 11 and 12. Lowest price state tax filing ) 11. Lowest price state tax filing       12. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the total of any losses from passive activities (such as losses included on Schedule E, line 26, 29b (col. Lowest price state tax filing (f)), 34b (col. Lowest price state tax filing (c)), or 40). Lowest price state tax filing (See instructions below for lines 11 and 12. Lowest price state tax filing ) 12. Lowest price state tax filing       13. Lowest price state tax filing Combine the amounts on lines 11 and 12 of this worksheet. Lowest price state tax filing (If the result is less than zero, enter -0-. Lowest price state tax filing ) 13. Lowest price state tax filing   14. Lowest price state tax filing Add the amounts on lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and 13. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the total. Lowest price state tax filing This is your investment income 14. Lowest price state tax filing   15. Lowest price state tax filing Is the amount on line 14 more than $3,300? ❑ Yes. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot take the credit. Lowest price state tax filing  ❑ No. Lowest price state tax filing Go to Step 3 of the Form 1040 instructions for lines 64a and 64b to find out if you can take the credit (unless you are using this publication to find out if you can take the credit; in that case, go to Rule 7, next). Lowest price state tax filing       Instructions for lines 11 and 12. Lowest price state tax filing In figuring the amount to enter on lines 11 and 12, do not take into account any royalty income (or loss) included on line 26 of Schedule E or any amount included in your earned income. Lowest price state tax filing To find out if the income on line 26 or line 40 of Schedule E is from a passive activity, see the Schedule E instructions. Lowest price state tax filing If any of the rental real estate income (or loss) included on Schedule E, line 26, is not from a passive activity, print “NPA” and the amount of that income (or loss) on the dotted line next to line 26. Lowest price state tax filing Worksheet 2. Lowest price state tax filing Worksheet for Line 4 of Worksheet 1 Complete this worksheet only if Form 8814 includes an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. Lowest price state tax filing Note. Lowest price state tax filing Fill out a separate Worksheet 2 for each Form 8814. Lowest price state tax filing     1. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount from Form 8814, line 2a 1. Lowest price state tax filing   2. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount from Form 8814, line 2b 2. Lowest price state tax filing   3. Lowest price state tax filing Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Lowest price state tax filing   4. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount from Form 8814, line 1a 4. Lowest price state tax filing   5. Lowest price state tax filing Add lines 3 and 4 5. Lowest price state tax filing   6. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount of the child's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend 6. Lowest price state tax filing   7. Lowest price state tax filing Divide line 6 by line 5. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places) 7. Lowest price state tax filing   8. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the amount from Form 8814, line 12 8. Lowest price state tax filing   9. Lowest price state tax filing Multiply line 7 by line 8 9. Lowest price state tax filing   10. Lowest price state tax filing Subtract line 9 from line 8. Lowest price state tax filing Enter the result on line 4 of Worksheet 1 10. Lowest price state tax filing     (If filing more than one Form 8814, enter on line 4 of Worksheet 1 the total of the amounts on line 10 of all Worksheets 2. Lowest price state tax filing )     Example—completing Worksheet 2. Lowest price state tax filing Your 10-year-old child has taxable interest income of $400, an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend of $1,000, and ordinary dividends of $1,100, of which $500 are qualified dividends. Lowest price state tax filing You choose to report this income on your return. Lowest price state tax filing You enter $400 on line 1a of Form 8814, $2,100 ($1,000 + $1,100) on line 2a, and $500 on line 2b. 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Lowest price state tax filing Disability Benefits If you retired on disability, taxable benefits you receive under your employer's disability retirement plan are considered earned income until you reach minimum retirement age. Lowest price state tax filing Minimum retirement age generally is the earliest age at which you could have received a pension or annuity if you were not disabled. Lowest price state tax filing You must report your taxable disability payments on line 7 of either Form 1040 or Form 1040A until you reach minimum retirement age. Lowest price state tax filing Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension and are not considered earned income. Lowest price state tax filing Report taxable pension payments on Form 1040, lines 16a and 16b, or Form 1040A, lines 12a and 12b. Lowest price state tax filing Disability insurance payments. 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Lowest price state tax filing   If you are married, but qualify to file as head of household under special rules for married taxpayers living apart (see Rule 3), and live in a state that has community property laws, your earned income for the EIC does not include any amount earned by your spouse that is treated as belonging to you under those laws. Lowest price state tax filing That amount is not earned income for the EIC, even though you must include it in your gross income on your income tax return. Lowest price state tax filing Your earned income includes the entire amount you earned, even if part of it is treated as belonging to your spouse under your state's community property laws. Lowest price state tax filing Nevada, Washington, and California domestic partners. Lowest price state tax filing   If you are a registered domestic partner in Nevada, Washington, or California, the same rules apply. Lowest price state tax filing Your earned income for the EIC does not include any amount earned by your partner. Lowest price state tax filing Your earned income includes the entire amount you earned. Lowest price state tax filing For details, see Publication 555. Lowest price state tax filing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments. Lowest price state tax filing   If you were receiving social security retirement benefits or social security disability benefits at the time you received any CRP payments, your CRP payments are not earned income for the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Nontaxable military pay. Lowest price state tax filing   Nontaxable pay for members of the Armed Forces is not considered earned income for the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Examples of nontaxable military pay are combat pay, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), and the Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS). 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Lowest price state tax filing ) You also must complete Schedule EIC and attach it to your return. Lowest price state tax filing If you meet all the rules in chapter 1 and this chapter, read chapter 4 to find out what to do next. Lowest price state tax filing No qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing   If you do not meet Rule 8, you do not have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Read chapter 3 to find out if you can get the earned income credit without a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 8—Your Child Must Meet the Relationship, Age, Residency, and Joint Return Tests Your child is a qualifying child if your child meets four tests. Lowest price state tax filing The fours tests are: Relationship, Age, Residency, and Joint return. Lowest price state tax filing The four tests are illustrated in Figure 1. Lowest price state tax filing The paragraphs that follow contain more information about each test. Lowest price state tax filing Relationship Test To be your qualifying child, a child must be your: Son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild), or Brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your niece or nephew). Lowest price state tax filing The following definitions clarify the relationship test. Lowest price state tax filing Adopted child. Lowest price state tax filing   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Lowest price state tax filing The term “adopted child” includes a child who was lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Lowest price state tax filing Foster child. Lowest price state tax filing   For the EIC, a person is your foster child if the child is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. Lowest price state tax filing (An authorized placement agency includes a state or local government agency. Lowest price state tax filing It also includes a tax-exempt organization licensed by a state. Lowest price state tax filing In addition, it includes an Indian tribal government or an organization authorized by an Indian tribal government to place Indian children. Lowest price state tax filing ) Example. Lowest price state tax filing Debbie, who is 12 years old, was placed in your care 2 years ago by an authorized agency responsible for placing children in foster homes. Lowest price state tax filing Debbie is your foster child. Lowest price state tax filing Figure 1. Lowest price state tax filing Tests for Qualifying Child Please click here for the text description of the image. Lowest price state tax filing Conditions for Qualifying Child Age Test Your child must be: Under age 19 at the end of 2013 and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), Under age 24 at the end of 2013, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly, or Permanently and totally disabled at any time during 2013, regardless of age. Lowest price state tax filing The following examples and definitions clarify the age test. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1—child not under age 19. Lowest price state tax filing Your son turned 19 on December 10. Lowest price state tax filing Unless he was permanently and totally disabled or a student, he is not a qualifying child because, at the end of the year, he was not under age 19. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2—child not younger than you or your spouse. Lowest price state tax filing Your 23-year-old brother, who is a full-time student and unmarried, lives with you and your spouse. 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Lowest price state tax filing   To qualify as a student, your child must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months during the calendar year: A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and regular student body at the school, or A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1), or a state, county, or local government. Lowest price state tax filing   The 5 calendar months need not be consecutive. Lowest price state tax filing   A full-time student is a student who is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full-time attendance. Lowest price state tax filing School defined. Lowest price state tax filing   A school can be an elementary school, junior or senior high school, college, university, or technical, trade, or mechanical school. Lowest price state tax filing However, on-the-job training courses, correspondence schools, and schools offering courses only through the Internet do not count as schools for the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Vocational high school students. Lowest price state tax filing   Students who work in co-op jobs in private industry as a part of a school's regular course of classroom and practical training are considered full-time students. Lowest price state tax filing Permanently and totally disabled. Lowest price state tax filing   Your child is permanently and totally disabled if both of the following apply. Lowest price state tax filing He or she cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition. Lowest price state tax filing A doctor determines the condition has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year or can lead to death. 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Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing military personnel stationed outside the United States on extended active duty are considered to live in the United States during that duty period for purposes of the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Extended active duty. Lowest price state tax filing   Extended active duty means you are called or ordered to duty for an indefinite period or for a period of more than 90 days. Lowest price state tax filing Once you begin serving your extended active duty, you are still considered to have been on extended active duty even if you do not serve more than 90 days. Lowest price state tax filing Birth or death of child. Lowest price state tax filing    child who was born or died in 2013 is treated as having lived with you for more than half of 2013 if your home was the child's home for more than half the time he or she was alive in 2013. Lowest price state tax filing Temporary absences. Lowest price state tax filing   Count time that you or your child is away from home on a temporary absence due to a special circumstance as time the child lived with you. Lowest price state tax filing Examples of a special circumstance include illness, school attendance, business, vacation, military service, and detention in a juvenile facility. Lowest price state tax filing Kidnapped child. Lowest price state tax filing   A kidnapped child is treated as living with you for more than half of the year if the child lived with you for more than half the part of the year before the date of the kidnapping. Lowest price state tax filing The child must be presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or the child's family. Lowest price state tax filing This treatment applies for all years until the child is returned. 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Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 2 except no taxes were taken out of your son's pay. Lowest price state tax filing He and his wife are not required to file a tax return, but they file a joint return to claim an American opportunity credit of $124 and get a refund of that amount. Lowest price state tax filing Because claiming the American opportunity credit is their reason for filing the return, they are not filing it only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Lowest price state tax filing The exception to the joint return test does not apply, so your son is not your qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Married child. Lowest price state tax filing   Even if your child does not file a joint return, if your child was married at the end of the year, he or she cannot be your qualifying child unless: You can claim an exemption for the child, or The reason you cannot claim an exemption for the child is that you let the child's other parent claim the exemption under the Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) described later. Lowest price state tax filing    Social security number. Lowest price state tax filing Your qualifying child must have a valid social security number (SSN), unless the child was born and died in 2013 and you attach to your return a copy of the child's birth certificate, death certificate, or hospital records showing a live birth. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC on the basis of a qualifying child if: The qualifying child's SSN is missing from your tax return or is incorrect, The qualifying child's social security card says “Not valid for employment” and was issued for use in getting a federally funded benefit, or Instead of an SSN, the qualifying child has: An individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), which is issued to a noncitizen who cannot get an SSN, or An adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN), issued to adopting parents who cannot get an SSN for the child being adopted until the adoption is final. Lowest price state tax filing   If you have more than one qualifying child and only one has a valid SSN, you can use only that child to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing For more information about SSNs, see Rule 2. 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Lowest price state tax filing   If you cannot claim the EIC because your qualifying child is treated under the tiebreaker rules as the qualifying child of another person for 2013, you may be able to take the EIC using a different qualifying child, but you cannot take the EIC using the rules in chapter 3 for people who do not have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing If the other person cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing   If you and someone else have the same qualifying child but the other person cannot claim the EIC because he or she is not eligible or his or her earned income or AGI is too high, you may be able to treat the child as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing See Examples 6 and 7. Lowest price state tax filing But you cannot treat the child as a qualifying child to claim the EIC if the other person uses the child to claim any of the other six tax benefits listed earlier in this chapter. Lowest price state tax filing Examples. 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Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you also have two other young children who are qualifying children of both you and your mother. Lowest price state tax filing Only one of you can claim each child. Lowest price state tax filing However, if your mother's AGI is higher than yours, you can allow your mother to claim one or more of the children. Lowest price state tax filing For example, if you claim one child, your mother can claim the other two. Lowest price state tax filing Example 5—taxpayer who is a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you are only 18 years old. Lowest price state tax filing This means you are a qualifying child of your mother. Lowest price state tax filing Because of Rule 10, discussed next, you cannot claim the EIC and cannot claim your son as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Only your mother may be able to treat Jimmy as a qualifying child to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing If your mother meets all the other requirements for claiming the EIC and you do not claim Jimmy as a qualifying child for any of the other tax benefits listed earlier, your mother can claim both you and Jimmy as qualifying children for the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Example 6—grandparent with too much earned income to claim EIC. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that your mother earned $50,000 from her job. Lowest price state tax filing Because your mother's earned income is too high for her to claim the EIC, only you can claim the EIC using your son. Lowest price state tax filing Example 7—parent with too much earned income to claim EIC. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you earned $50,000 from your job and your AGI is $50,500. Lowest price state tax filing Your earned income is too high for you to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing But your mother cannot claim the EIC either, because her AGI is not higher than yours. Lowest price state tax filing Example 8—child lived with both parents and grandparent. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you and Jimmy's father are married to each other, live with Jimmy and your mother, and have AGI of $30,000 on a joint return. Lowest price state tax filing If you and your husband do not claim Jimmy as a qualifying child for the EIC or any of the other tax benefits listed earlier, your mother can claim him instead. Lowest price state tax filing Even though the AGI on your joint return, $30,000, is more than your mother's AGI of $20,000, for this purpose half of the joint AGI can be treated as yours and half as your husband's. Lowest price state tax filing In other words, each parent's AGI can be treated as $15,000. Lowest price state tax filing Example 9—separated parents. Lowest price state tax filing You, your husband, and your 10-year-old son Joey lived together until August 1, 2013, when your husband moved out of the household. Lowest price state tax filing In August and September, Joey lived with you. Lowest price state tax filing For the rest of the year, Joey lived with your husband, who is Joey's father. Lowest price state tax filing Joey is a qualifying child of both you and your husband because he lived with each of you for more than half the year and because he met the relationship, age, and joint return tests for both of you. Lowest price state tax filing At the end of the year, you and your husband still were not divorced, legally separated, or separated under a written separation agreement, so the Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) does not apply. Lowest price state tax filing You and your husband will file separate returns. Lowest price state tax filing Your husband agrees to let you treat Joey as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing This means, if your husband does not claim Joey as a qualifying child for any of the tax benefits listed earlier, you can claim him as a qualifying child for any tax benefit listed earlier for which you qualify. Lowest price state tax filing However, your filing status is married filing separately, so you cannot claim the EIC or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Lowest price state tax filing See Rule 3. Lowest price state tax filing Example 10—separated parents claim same child. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 9 except that you and your husband both claim Joey as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing In this case, only your husband will be allowed to treat Joey as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing This is because, during 2013, the boy lived with him longer than with you. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC (either with or without a qualifying child). Lowest price state tax filing However, your husband's filing status is married filing separately, so he cannot claim the EIC or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Lowest price state tax filing See Rule 3. Lowest price state tax filing Example 11—unmarried parents. Lowest price state tax filing You, your 5-year-old son, and your son's father lived together all year. Lowest price state tax filing You and your son's father are not married. Lowest price state tax filing Your son is a qualifying child of both you and his father because he meets the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests for both you and his father. Lowest price state tax filing Your earned income and AGI are $12,000, and your son's father's earned income and AGI are $14,000. Lowest price state tax filing Neither of you had any other income. Lowest price state tax filing Your son's father agrees to let you treat the child as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing This means, if your son's father does not claim your son as a qualifying child for the EIC or any of the other tax benefits listed earlier, you can claim him as a qualifying child for the EIC and any of the other tax benefits listed earlier for which you qualify. Lowest price state tax filing Example 12—unmarried parents claim same child. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 11 except that you and your son's father both claim your son as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing In this case, only your son's father will be allowed to treat your son as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing This is because his AGI, $14,000, is more than your AGI, $12,000. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC (either with or without a qualifying child). Lowest price state tax filing Example 13—child did not live with a parent. Lowest price state tax filing You and your 7-year-old niece, your sister's child, lived with your mother all year. Lowest price state tax filing You are 25 years old, and your AGI is $9,300. Lowest price state tax filing Your only income was from a part-time job. Lowest price state tax filing Your mother's AGI is $15,000. Lowest price state tax filing Her only income was from her job. Lowest price state tax filing Your niece's parents file jointly, have an AGI of less than $9,000, and do not live with you or their child. Lowest price state tax filing Your niece is a qualifying child of both you and your mother because she meets the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. Lowest price state tax filing However, only your mother can treat her as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing This is because your mother's AGI, $15,000, is more than your AGI, $9,300. Lowest price state tax filing Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). Lowest price state tax filing   A child will be treated as the qualifying child of his or her noncustodial parent (for purposes of claiming an exemption and the child tax credit, but not for the EIC) if all of the following statements are true. Lowest price state tax filing The parents: Are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, Are separated under a written separation agreement, or Lived apart at all time during the last 6 months of 2013, whether or not they are or were married. Lowest price state tax filing The child received over half of his or her support for the year from the parents. Lowest price state tax filing The child is in the custody of one or both parents for more than half of 2013. Lowest price state tax filing Either of the following statements is true. Lowest price state tax filing The custodial parent signs Form 8332 or a substantially similar statement that he or she will not claim the child as a dependent for the year, and the noncustodial parent attaches the form or statement to his or her return. Lowest price state tax filing If the divorce decree or separation agreement went into effect after 1984 and before 2009, the noncustodial parent may be able to attach certain pages from the decree or agreement instead of Form 8332. Lowest price state tax filing A pre-1985 decree of divorce or separate maintenance or written separation agreement that applies to 2013 provides that the noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent, and the noncustodial parent provides at least $600 for support of the child during 2013. Lowest price state tax filing For details, see Publication 501. Lowest price state tax filing Also see Applying Rule 9 to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), next. Lowest price state tax filing Applying Rule 9 to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). Lowest price state tax filing   If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the special rule just described for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), only the noncustodial parent can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child. Lowest price state tax filing However, the custodial parent, if eligible, or another eligible taxpayer can claim the child as a qualifying child for the EIC and other tax benefits listed earlier in this chapter. Lowest price state tax filing If the child is the qualifying child of more than one person for these benefits, then the tiebreaker rules determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1. Lowest price state tax filing You and your 5-year-old son lived all year with your mother, who paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. Lowest price state tax filing Your AGI is $10,000. Lowest price state tax filing Your mother’s AGI is $25,000. Lowest price state tax filing Your son's father did not live with you or your son. Lowest price state tax filing Under the Special rule for divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), your son is treated as the qualifying child of his father, who can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child. Lowest price state tax filing However, your son's father cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, or the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing You and your mother did not have any child care expenses or dependent care benefits. Lowest price state tax filing If you do not claim your son as a qualifying child, your mother can claim him as a qualifying child for the EIC and head of household filing status, if she qualifies for these tax benefits. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that your AGI is $25,000 and your mother's AGI is $21,000. Lowest price state tax filing Your mother cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for any purpose because her AGI is not higher than yours. Lowest price state tax filing Example 3. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you and your mother both claim your son as a qualifying child for the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Your mother also claims him as a qualifying child for head of household filing status. Lowest price state tax filing You as the child's parent will be the only one allowed to claim your son as a qualifying child for the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing The IRS will disallow your mother's claim to the EIC and head of household filing status unless she has another qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 10—You Cannot Be a Qualifying Child of Another Taxpayer You are a qualifying child of another taxpayer (your parent, guardian, foster parent, etc. Lowest price state tax filing ) if all of the following statements are true. Lowest price state tax filing You are that person's son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them. Lowest price state tax filing Or, you are that person's brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them. Lowest price state tax filing You were: Under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than that person (or that person's spouse, if the person files jointly), Under age 24 at the end of the year, a student, and younger than that person (or that person's spouse, if the person files jointly), or Permanently and totally disabled, regardless of age. Lowest price state tax filing You lived with that person in the United States for more than half of the year. Lowest price state tax filing You are not filing a joint return for the year (or are filing a joint return only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid). Lowest price state tax filing For more details about the tests to be a qualifying child, see Rule 8. Lowest price state tax filing If you are a qualifying child of another taxpayer, you cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing This is true even if the person for whom you are a qualifying child does not claim the EIC or meet all of the rules to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Put “No” beside line 64a (Form 1040) or line 38a (Form 1040A). Lowest price state tax filing Example. Lowest price state tax filing You and your daughter lived with your mother all year. Lowest price state tax filing You are 22 years old, unmarried, and attended a trade school full time. Lowest price state tax filing You had a part-time job and earned $5,700. Lowest price state tax filing You had no other income. Lowest price state tax filing Because you meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests, you are a qualifying child of your mother. Lowest price state tax filing She can claim the EIC if she meets all the other requirements. Lowest price state tax filing Because you are your mother's qualifying child, you cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing This is so even if your mother cannot or does not claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Child of person not required to file a return. Lowest price state tax filing   You are not the qualifying child of another taxpayer (and so may qualify to claim the EIC) if the person for whom you met the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests is not required to file an income tax return and either: Does not file an income tax return, or Files a return only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1—return not required. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in the last example except your mother had no gross income, is not required to file a 2013 tax return, and does not file a 2013 tax return. Lowest price state tax filing As a result, you are not your mother's qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You can claim the EIC if you meet all the other requirements to do so. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2—return filed to get refund of tax withheld. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your mother had wages of $1,500 and had income tax withheld from her wages. Lowest price state tax filing She files a return only to get a refund of the income tax withheld and does not claim the EIC or any other tax credits or deductions. Lowest price state tax filing As a result, you are not your mother's qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You can claim the EIC if you meet all the other requirements to do so. Lowest price state tax filing Example 3—return filed to get EIC. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 2 except your mother claimed the EIC on her return. Lowest price state tax filing Since she filed the return to get the EIC, she is not filing it only to get a refund of income tax withheld. Lowest price state tax filing As a result, you are your mother's qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Chapter 3—Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying Child Use this chapter if you do not have a qualifying child and have met all the rules in chapter 1. Lowest price state tax filing This chapter discusses Rules 11 through 14. Lowest price state tax filing You must meet all four of those rules, in addition to the rules in chapters 1 and 4, to qualify for the earned income credit without a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You can file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ to claim the EIC without a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing If you meet all the rules in chapter 1 and this chapter, read chapter 4 to find out what to do next. Lowest price state tax filing If you have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing   If you meet Rule 8, you have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing If you meet Rule 8 and do not claim the EIC with a qualifying child, you cannot claim the EIC without a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 11—You Must Be at Least Age 25 but Under Age 65 You must be at least age 25 but under age 65 at the end of 2013. Lowest price state tax filing If you are married filing a joint return, either you or your spouse must be at least age 25 but under age 65 at the end of 2013. Lowest price state tax filing It does not matter which spouse meets the age test, as long as one of the spouses does. Lowest price state tax filing You meet the age test if you were born after December 31, 1948, and before January 2, 1989. Lowest price state tax filing If you are married filing a joint return, you meet the age test if either you or your spouse was born after December 31, 1948, and before January 2, 1989. Lowest price state tax filing If neither you nor your spouse meets the age test, you cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Put “No” next to line 64a (Form 1040), line 38a (Form 1040A), or line 8a (Form 1040EZ). Lowest price state tax filing Death of spouse. Lowest price state tax filing   If you are filing a joint return with your spouse who died in 2013, you meet the age test if your spouse was at least age 25 but under age 65 at the time of death. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1. Lowest price state tax filing You are age 28 and unmarried. Lowest price state tax filing You meet the age test. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2—spouse meets age test. Lowest price state tax filing You are married and filing a joint return. Lowest price state tax filing You are age 23 and your spouse is age 27. Lowest price state tax filing You meet the age test because your spouse is at least age 25 but under age 65. Lowest price state tax filing Example 3—spouse dies in 2013. Lowest price state tax filing You are married and filing a joint return with your spouse who died in August 2013. Lowest price state tax filing You are age 67. Lowest price state tax filing Your spouse would have become age 65 in November 2013. Lowest price state tax filing Because your spouse was under age 65 when she died, you meet the age test. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 12—You Cannot Be the Dependent of Another Person If you are not filing a joint return, you meet this rule if: You checked box 6a on Form 1040 or 1040A, or You did not check the “You” box on line 5 of Form 1040EZ, and you entered $10,000 on that line. Lowest price state tax filing If you are filing a joint return, you meet this rule if: You checked both box 6a and box 6b on Form 1040 or 1040A, or You and your spouse did not check either the “You” box or the “Spouse” box on line 5 of Form 1040EZ, and you entered $20,000 on that line. Lowest price state tax filing If you are not sure whether someone else can claim you as a dependent, get Publication 501 and read the rules for claiming a dependent. Lowest price state tax filing If someone else can claim you as a dependent on his or her return, but does not, you still cannot claim the credit. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1. Lowest price state tax filing In 2013, you were age 25, single, and living at home with your parents. Lowest price state tax filing You worked and were not a student. Lowest price state tax filing You earned $7,500. Lowest price state tax filing Your parents cannot claim you as a dependent. Lowest price state tax filing When you file your return, you claim an exemption for yourself by not checking the You box on line 5 of your Form 1040EZ and by entering $10,000 on that line. Lowest price state tax filing You meet this rule. Lowest price state tax filing You can claim the EIC if you meet all the other requirements. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you earned $2,000. Lowest price state tax filing Your parents can claim you as a dependent but decide not to. Lowest price state tax filing You do not meet this rule. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the credit because your parents could have claimed you as a dependent. Lowest price state tax filing Joint returns. Lowest price state tax filing   You generally cannot be claimed as a dependent by another person if you are married and file a joint return. Lowest price state tax filing   However, another person may be able to claim you as a dependent if you and your spouse file a joint return merely to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Lowest price state tax filing But neither you nor your spouse can be claimed as a dependent by another person if you claim the EIC on your joint return. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1—return filed to get refund of tax withheld. Lowest price state tax filing You are 26 years old. Lowest price state tax filing You and your wife live with your parents and had $800 of wages from part-time jobs and no other income. Lowest price state tax filing Neither you nor your wife is required to file a tax return. Lowest price state tax filing You do not have a child. Lowest price state tax filing Taxes were taken out of your pay so you file a joint return only to get a refund of the withheld taxes. Lowest price state tax filing Your parents are not disqualified from claiming an exemption for you just because you filed a joint return. Lowest price state tax filing They can claim exemptions for you and your wife if all the other tests to do so are met. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2—return filed to get EIC. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1except no taxes were taken out of your pay. Lowest price state tax filing Also, you and your wife are not required to file a tax return, but you file a joint return to claim an EIC of $63 and get a refund of that amount. Lowest price state tax filing Because claiming the EIC is your reason for filing the return, you are not filing it only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Lowest price state tax filing Your parents cannot claim an exemption for either you or your wife. 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Lowest price state tax filing You are not filing a joint return for the year (or are filing a joint return only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid). Lowest price state tax filing For more details about the tests to be a qualifying child, see Rule 8. Lowest price state tax filing If you are a qualifying child of another taxpayer, you cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing This is true even if the person for whom you are a qualifying child does not claim the EIC or meet all of the rules to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Put “No” next to line 64a (Form 1040), line 38a (Form 1040A), or line 8a (Form 1040EZ). Lowest price state tax filing Example. Lowest price state tax filing You lived with your mother all year. Lowest price state tax filing You are age 26, unmarried, and permanently and totally disabled. Lowest price state tax filing Your only income was from a community center where you went three days a week to answer telephones. 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Lowest price state tax filing But neither you nor your spouse can be a qualifying child of another taxpayer if you claim the EIC on your joint return. Lowest price state tax filing Child of person not required to file a return. Lowest price state tax filing   You are not the qualifying child of another taxpayer (and so may qualify to claim the EIC) if the person for whom you meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests is not required to file an income tax return and either: Does not file an income tax return, or Files a return only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Lowest price state tax filing Example 1—return not required. Lowest price state tax filing You lived all year with your father. Lowest price state tax filing You are 27 years old, unmarried, permanently and totally disabled, and earned $13,000. Lowest price state tax filing You have no other income, no children, and provided more than half of your own support. Lowest price state tax filing Your father had no gross income, is not required to file a 2013 tax return, and does not file a 2013 tax return. Lowest price state tax filing As a result, you are not your father's qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You can claim the EIC if you meet all the other requirements to do so. Lowest price state tax filing Example 2—return filed to get refund of tax withheld. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your father had wages of $1,500 and had income tax withheld from his wages. Lowest price state tax filing He files a return only to get a refund of the income tax withheld and does not claim the EIC or any other tax credits or deductions. Lowest price state tax filing As a result, you are not your father's qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You can claim the EIC if you meet all the other requirements to do so. Lowest price state tax filing Example 3—return filed to get EIC. Lowest price state tax filing The facts are the same as in Example 2 except your father claimed the EIC on his return. Lowest price state tax filing Since he filed the return to get the EIC, he is not filing it only to get a refund of income tax withheld. Lowest price state tax filing As a result, you are your father's qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing You cannot claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 14—You Must Have Lived in the United States More Than Half of the Year Your home (and your spouse's, if filing a joint return) must have been in the United States for more than half the year. Lowest price state tax filing If it was not, put “No” next to line 64a (Form 1040), line 38a (Form 1040A), or line 8a (Form 1040EZ). Lowest price state tax filing United States. Lowest price state tax filing   This means the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Lowest price state tax filing It does not include Puerto Rico or U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing possessions such as Guam. Lowest price state tax filing Homeless shelter. Lowest price state tax filing   Your home can be any location where you regularly live. Lowest price state tax filing You do not need a traditional home. Lowest price state tax filing If you lived in one or more homeless shelters in the United States for more than half the year, you meet this rule. Lowest price state tax filing Military personnel stationed outside the United States. Lowest price state tax filing   U. Lowest price state tax filing S. Lowest price state tax filing military personnel stationed outside the United States on extended active duty (defined in chapter 2) are considered to live in the United States during that duty period for purposes of the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Chapter 4—Figuring and Claiming the EIC You must meet one more rule to claim the EIC. Lowest price state tax filing You need to know the amount of your earned income to see if you meet the rule in this chapter. Lowest price state tax filing You also need to know that amount to figure your EIC. Lowest price state tax filing Rule 15—Earned Income Limits Your earned income must be less than: $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children, $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children, $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. Lowest price state tax filing Earned Income Earned income generally means wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee pay, and net earnings from self-employment. Lowest price state tax filing Employee pay is earned income only if it is taxable. 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Lowest price state tax filing If you received any amount for work done while an inmate in a penal institution and that amount is included in the total on line 7 (Form 1040 or Form 1040A) or line 1 (Form 1040EZ), put “PRI” and the amount on the dotted line next to line 7 (Form 1040), in the space to the left of the entry space for line 7 (Form 1040A), or in the space to the left of line 1 (Form 1040EZ). Lowest price state tax filing Pension or annuity from deferred compensation plans. Lowest price state tax filing A pension or annuity from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan or a nongovernmental section 457 plan is not considered earned income for the earned income credit. 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