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Military h and r block free 1. Military h and r block free   Tax Withholding for 2014 Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Salaries and WagesDetermining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld Rules Your Employer Must Follow Exemption From Withholding Supplemental Wages Penalties Tips Taxable Fringe BenefitsSpecial rule. Military h and r block free Exceptions. Military h and r block free Sick Pay Pensions and AnnuitiesPeriodic Payments Nonperiodic Payments Eligible Rollover Distributions Choosing Not To Have Income Tax Withheld Gambling WinningsException. Military h and r block free Identical wagers. Military h and r block free Unemployment Compensation Federal Payments Backup WithholdingTaxpayer identification number. Military h and r block free Underreported interest or dividends. Military h and r block free Introduction This chapter discusses income tax withholding on: Salaries and wages, Tips, Taxable fringe benefits, Sick pay, Pensions and annuities, Gambling winnings, Unemployment compensation, and Certain federal payments. Military h and r block free This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. Military h and r block free The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. Military h and r block free This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. Military h and r block free Useful Items - You may want to see: Form (and Instructions) W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate W-4P Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments W-4S Request for Federal Income Tax Withholding From Sick Pay W-4V Voluntary Withholding Request See chapter 5 of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms. Military h and r block free Salaries and Wages Income tax is withheld from the pay of most employees. Military h and r block free Your pay includes your regular pay, bonuses, commissions, and vacation allowances. Military h and r block free It also includes reimbursements and other expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Military h and r block free See Supplemental Wages , later, for definitions of accountable and nonaccountable plans. Military h and r block free If your income is low enough that you will not have to pay income tax for the year, you may be exempt from withholding. Military h and r block free This is explained under Exemption From Withholding , later. Military h and r block free You can ask your employer to withhold income tax from noncash wages and other wages not subject to withholding. Military h and r block free If your employer does not agree to withhold tax, or if not enough is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Military h and r block free Military retirees. Military h and r block free   Military retirement pay is treated in the same manner as regular pay for income tax withholding purposes, even though it is treated as a pension or annuity for other tax purposes. Military h and r block free Household workers. Military h and r block free   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. Military h and r block free A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. Military h and r block free   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. Military h and r block free If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Military h and r block free Farmworkers. Military h and r block free   Generally, income tax is withheld from your cash wages for work on a farm unless your employer both: Pays you cash wages of less than $150 during the year, and Has expenditures for agricultural labor totaling less than $2,500 during the year. Military h and r block free Differential wage payments. Military h and r block free   When employees are on leave from employment for military duty, some employers make up the difference between the military pay and civilian pay. Military h and r block free Payments to an employee who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days will be subject to income tax withholding, but not subject to social security or Medicare taxes. Military h and r block free The wages and withholding will be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Military h and r block free Determining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 The amount of income tax your employer withholds from your regular pay depends on two things. Military h and r block free The amount you earn in each payroll period. Military h and r block free The information you give your employer on Form W-4. Military h and r block free Form W-4 includes four types of information that your employer will use to figure your withholding. Military h and r block free Whether to withhold at the single rate or at the lower married rate. Military h and r block free How many withholding allowances you claim (each allowance reduces the amount withheld). 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Military h and r block free If the changes reduce the number of allowances you are allowed to claim or changes your marital status from married to single, you must give your employer a new Form W-4 within 10 days. Military h and r block free See Marital Status (Line 3 of Form W-4) and Withholding Allowances (Line 5 of Form W-4) , later. Military h and r block free Generally, you can submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason. Military h and r block free See Table 1-1 for examples of personal and financial changes you should consider. Military h and r block free Table 1-1. Military h and r block free Personal and Financial Changes Factor Examples Lifestyle change Marriage Divorce Birth or adoption of child Loss of an exemption Purchase of a new home Retirement Filing chapter 11 bankruptcy Wage income You or your spouse start or stop working, or start or stop a second job Change in the amount of taxable income not subject to withholding Interest income Dividends Capital gains Self-employment income IRA (including certain Roth  IRA) distributions Change in the amount of adjustments to income IRA deduction Student loan interest deduction Alimony expense Change in the amount of itemized deductions or tax credits Medical expenses Taxes Interest expense Gifts to charity Job expenses Dependent care expenses Education credit Child tax credit Earned income credit If you change the number of your withholding allowances, you can request that your employer withhold using the Cumulative Wage Method , explained later. Military h and r block free Checking Your Withholding After you have given your employer a Form W-4, you can check to see whether the amount of tax withheld from your pay is too much or too little. Military h and r block free If too much or too little tax is being withheld, you should give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding. Military h and r block free You can get a blank Form W-4 from your employer or print the form from IRS. Military h and r block free gov. Military h and r block free You should try to have your withholding match your actual tax liability. Military h and r block free If not enough tax is withheld, you will owe tax at the end of the year and may have to pay interest and a penalty. Military h and r block free If too much tax is withheld, you will lose the use of that money until you get your refund. Military h and r block free Always check your withholding if there are personal or financial changes in your life or changes in the law that might change your tax liability. Military h and r block free See Table 1-1 for examples. Military h and r block free Note. Military h and r block free You cannot give your employer a payment to cover federal income tax withholding on salaries and wages for past pay periods or a payment for estimated tax. Military h and r block free When Should You Check Your Withholding? The earlier in the year you check your withholding, the easier it is to get the right amount of tax withheld. Military h and r block free You should check your withholding when any of the following situations occur. Military h and r block free You receive a paycheck stub (statement) covering a full pay period in 2014, showing tax withheld based on 2014 tax rates. Military h and r block free You prepare your 2013 tax return and get a: Big refund, or Balance due that is: More than you can comfortably pay, or Subject to a penalty. Military h and r block free There are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. Military h and r block free See Table 1-1. Military h and r block free There are changes in the tax law that affect your tax liability. Military h and r block free How Do You Check Your Withholding? You can use the worksheets and tables in this publication to see if you are having the right amount of tax withheld. Military h and r block free You can also use the IRS Withholding calculator at www. Military h and r block free irs. Military h and r block free gov/individuals. Military h and r block free If you use the worksheets and tables in this publication, follow these steps. Military h and r block free Fill out Worksheet 1-5 to project your total federal income tax liability for 2014. Military h and r block free Fill out Worksheet 1-7 to project your total federal withholding for 2014 and compare that with your projected tax liability from Worksheet 1-5. Military h and r block free If you are not having enough tax withheld, line 6 of Worksheet 1-7 will show you how much more to have withheld each payday. Military h and r block free For ways to increase the amount of tax withheld, see How Do You Increase Your Withholding? If line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that you are having more tax withheld than necessary, see How Do You Decrease Your Withholding, for ways to decrease the amount of tax you have withheld each payday. Military h and r block free How Do You Increase Your Withholding? There are two ways to increase your withholding. Military h and r block free You can: Decrease the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4, or Enter an additional amount that you want withheld from each paycheck on Form W-4. Military h and r block free Requesting an additional amount withheld. Military h and r block free   You can request that an additional amount be withheld from each paycheck by following these steps. Military h and r block free Complete Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7. Military h and r block free Complete a new Form W-4 if the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5: Is more than you want to pay with your tax return or in estimated tax payments throughout the year, or Would cause you to pay a penalty when you file your tax return for 2014. Military h and r block free Enter on your new Form W-4, the same number of withholding allowances your employer now uses for your withholding. Military h and r block free This is the number of allowances you entered on the last Form W-4 you gave your employer. Military h and r block free Enter on your new Form W-4, the amount from Worksheet 1-7, line 6. Military h and r block free Give your newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Military h and r block free   If you have this additional amount withheld from your pay each payday, you should avoid owing a large amount at the end of the year. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free Early in 2014, Steve Miller used Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7 to project his 2014 tax liability ($4,316) and his withholding for the year ($3,516). Military h and r block free Steve's tax will be underwithheld by $800 ($4,316 − $3,516). Military h and r block free His choices are to pay this amount when he files his 2014 tax return, make estimated tax payments, or increase his withholding now. Military h and r block free Steve gets a new Form W-4 from his employer, who tells him that there are 50 paydays remaining in 2014. Military h and r block free Steve completes the new Form W-4 as before, entering the same number of withholding allowances as before, but, in addition, entering $16 ($800 ÷ 50) on the form as the additional amount to be withheld from his pay each payday. Military h and r block free He gives the completed form to his employer. Military h and r block free What if I have more than one job or my spouse also has a job?   You are more likely to need to increase your withholding if you have more than one job or if you are married filing jointly and your spouse also works. Military h and r block free If this is the case, you can increase your withholding for one or more of the jobs. Military h and r block free   You can apply the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5, to only one job or divide it between the jobs any way you wish. Military h and r block free For each job, determine the extra amount that you want to apply to that job and divide that amount by the number of paydays remaining in 2014 for that job. Military h and r block free This will give you the additional amount to enter on the Form W-4 you will file for that job. Military h and r block free You need to give your employer a new Form W-4 for each job for which you are changing your withholding. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free Meg Green works in a store and earns $46,000 a year. Military h and r block free Her husband, John, works full-time in manufacturing and earns $68,000 a year. Military h and r block free In 2014, they will also have $184 in taxable interest and $1,000 of other taxable income. Military h and r block free They expect to file a joint income tax return. Military h and r block free Meg and John complete Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7. 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Military h and r block free If you meet the criteria on line H of the Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet, complete a new Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet. Military h and r block free If the number of allowances you can claim on Form W-4, is different from the number you already are claiming, give the newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Military h and r block free Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances Table 1-2 , later, shows many of the tax credits you may be able to use to decrease your withholding. Military h and r block free The Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet provides only rough adjustments for the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit. Military h and r block free Complete Worksheet 1-8 to figure these credits more accurately and also take other credits into account. Military h and r block free Include the amount from line 12 of Worksheet 1-8 in the total on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free Then complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and the rest of Form W-4. Military h and r block free If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Military h and r block free If you take the child tax credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line G of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free Brett and Alyssa Davis are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Military h and r block free Their expected taxable income from all sources is $68,000. Military h and r block free They expect to have $15,900 of itemized deductions. Military h and r block free Their projected tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and an adoption credit of $1,500. 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Military h and r block free Retirees Returning to the Workforce When you first began receiving your pension, you told the payer how much tax to withhold, if any, by completing Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or similar form). Military h and r block free However, if your retirement pay is from the military or certain deferred compensation plans, you completed Form W-4 instead of Form W-4P. Military h and r block free You completed either form based on your projected income at that time. Military h and r block free Now that you are returning to the workforce, your new Form W-4 (given to your employer) and your Form W-4 or W-4P (on file with your pension plan) must work together to determine the correct amount of withholding for your new amount of income. Military h and r block free The worksheets that come with Forms W-4 and W-4P are basically the same, so you can use either set of worksheets to figure out how many withholding allowances you are entitled to claim. Military h and r block free Start off with the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Military h and r block free Then, if you will be itemizing your deductions, claiming adjustments to income, or claiming tax credits when you file your tax return, complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free The third worksheet is the most important for this situation. Military h and r block free Form W-4 calls it the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, Form W-4P calls it the Multiple Pensions/More-Than-One-Income Worksheet—both are the same. Military h and r block free If you have more than one source of income, in order to have enough withholding to cover the tax on your higher income, you may need to claim fewer withholding allowances or request your employer to withhold an additional amount from each paycheck. Military h and r block free Once you have figured out how many allowances you are entitled to claim, look at the income from both your pension and your new job, and how often you receive payments. Military h and r block free It is your decision how to divide up your withholding allowances between these sources of income. Military h and r block free For example, you may want to “take home” most of your weekly paycheck to use as spending money and use your monthly pension to “pay the bills. Military h and r block free ” In that case, change your Form W-4P to zero allowances and claim all that you are entitled to on your Form W-4. 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Military h and r block free Tax Credits for 2014 For more information about the . Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free See . Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free Adoption credit Form 8839 instructions Child and dependent care expenses, credit for Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Child tax credit (including the additional child tax credit) Instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A Earned income credit Publication 596, Earned Income Credit Education credits Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education Elderly or the disabled, credit for the Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Foreign tax credit (except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country) Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals General business credit Form 3800, General Business Credit Mortgage interest credit Publication 530, Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners Qualified electric vehicle passive activity credit Form 8834 Prior year minimum tax, credit for (if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year) Form 8801 instructions Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit) Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Tax credit bonds, credit to holders of Form 8912 instructions Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets When reading the following discussion, you may find it helpful to refer to Form W-4. Military h and r block free Marital Status There is a lower withholding rate for people who qualify to check the “Married” box on line 3 of Form W-4. Military h and r block free Everyone else must have tax withheld at the higher single rate. Military h and r block free Single. Military h and r block free   You must check the “Single” box if any of the following applies. Military h and r block free You are single. Military h and r block free If you are divorced, or separated from your spouse under a court decree of separate maintenance, you are considered single. Military h and r block free You are married, but neither you nor your spouse is a citizen or resident of the United States. Military h and r block free You are married, either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien, and you have not chosen to have that person treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Military h and r block free For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Military h and r block free Married. Military h and r block free   You qualify to check the “Married” box if any of the following applies. Military h and r block free You are married and neither you nor your spouse is a nonresident alien. Military h and r block free You are considered married for the whole year even if your spouse died during the year. Military h and r block free You are married and either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien who has chosen to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Military h and r block free For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Military h and r block free You expect to be able to file your return as a qualifying widow or widower. Military h and r block free You usually can use this filing status if your spouse died within the previous 2 years and you provide more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the entire year that was the main home for you and your child whom you can claim as a dependent. 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Military h and r block free    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. Military h and r block free The worksheets are for your own records. Military h and r block free Do not give them to your employer. Military h and r block free   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. Military h and r block free If you are married and will file a joint return, complete only one set of worksheets for you and your spouse, even if you both earn wages and each must give Form W-4 to your employers. Military h and r block free Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. Military h and r block free   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. Military h and r block free Also, use the worksheets on page 2 of the form to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions and adjustments to income, and for two-earner or multiple-job situations. Military h and r block free If you want to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for certain tax credits, use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4, even if you do not have any deductions or adjustments. Military h and r block free   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. Military h and r block free The worksheets will help you figure the maximum number of withholding allowances you are entitled to claim so that the amount of income tax withheld from your wages will match, as closely as possible, the amount of income tax you will owe at the end of the year. Military h and r block free Multiple jobs. Military h and r block free   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. Military h and r block free Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. Military h and r block free You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. Military h and r block free You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. Military h and r block free Married individuals. Military h and r block free   If both you and your spouse are employed and expect to file a joint return, figure your withholding allowances using your combined income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Military h and r block free Use only one set of worksheets. Military h and r block free You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. Military h and r block free   If you and your spouse expect to file separate returns, figure your allowances using separate worksheets based on your own individual income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Military h and r block free Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. Military h and r block free   You do not have to use the Form W-4 worksheets if you use a more accurate method of figuring the number of withholding allowances. Military h and r block free   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. Military h and r block free It must take into account only the items of income, adjustments to income, deductions, and tax credits that are taken into account on Form W-4. Military h and r block free   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. Military h and r block free You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. Military h and r block free Employees who are not citizens or residents. Military h and r block free   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. Military h and r block free However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free national. Military h and r block free It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. Military h and r block free Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. Military h and r block free For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. Military h and r block free Personal Allowances Worksheet Use the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of Form W-4 to figure your withholding allowances based on all of the following that apply. Military h and r block free Exemptions. Military h and r block free Only one job. Military h and r block free Head of household filing status. Military h and r block free Child and dependent care credit. Military h and r block free Child tax credit. Military h and r block free Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). Military h and r block free   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. Military h and r block free Self. Military h and r block free   You can claim an allowance for your exemption on line A unless another person can claim an exemption for you on his or her tax return. Military h and r block free If another person is entitled to claim an exemption for you, you cannot claim an allowance for your exemption even if the other person will not claim your exemption. Military h and r block free Spouse. Military h and r block free   You can claim an allowance for your spouse's exemption on line C unless your spouse is claiming his or her own exemption or another person can claim an exemption for your spouse. Military h and r block free Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. Military h and r block free Dependents. Military h and r block free   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. Military h and r block free Only one job (worksheet line B). Military h and r block free    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. Military h and r block free You are single and you have only one job at a time. Military h and r block free You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. Military h and r block free Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. Military h and r block free If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. Military h and r block free Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). Military h and r block free   Generally, you can file as head of household if you are unmarried and pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that: Was the main home for all of 2014 of your parent whom you can claim as a dependent, or You lived in for more than half the year with your qualifying child or any other person you can claim as a dependent. Military h and r block free For more information, see Publication 501. Military h and r block free   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. Military h and r block free Reduction of personal allowances. Military h and r block free   For 2014, your deduction for personal exemptions on your tax return is reduced if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the AGI shown next for your filing status. Military h and r block free Personal Allowance Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1-1 to figure your reduced number of personal allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Military h and r block free Worksheet 1-1. Military h and r block free Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. Military h and r block free Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. Military h and r block free   2. Military h and r block free Enter your expected AGI 2. Military h and r block free       3. Military h and r block free Enter $254,200 if single $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $152,525 if married filing separately $279,650 if head of household 3. Military h and r block free       4. Military h and r block free Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. Military h and r block free       5. Military h and r block free Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). Military h and r block free Enter the result as a decimal 5. Military h and r block free   6. Military h and r block free Multiply line 1 by line 5. Military h and r block free If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. Military h and r block free   7. Military h and r block free Subtract line 6 from line 1. Military h and r block free The total of the numbers you enter on A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet can not be more than this amount 7. Military h and r block free     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). Military h and r block free   Enter “1” on line F if you expect to claim a credit for at least $2,000 of qualifying child or dependent care expenses on your 2014 return. Military h and r block free Generally, qualifying expenses are those you pay for the care of your dependent who is your qualifying child under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself so that you can work or look for work. Military h and r block free For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Military h and r block free   Instead of using line F, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. Military h and r block free Child tax credit (worksheet line G). Military h and r block free   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. Military h and r block free Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. Military h and r block free Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. Military h and r block free   If your total income will be between $65,000 and $84,000 ($95,000 and $119,000 if married), enter “1” on line G for each eligible child. Military h and r block free   An eligible child is any child: Who is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Who will be under age 17 at the end of 2014, Who is younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly) or permanently and totally disabled, Who will not provide over half of his or her own support for 2014, Who will not file a joint return, unless the return is filed only as a claim for refund, Who will live with you for more than half of 2014, Who is a U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free citizen, U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free national, or U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. Military h and r block free If you are a U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free citizen or U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. Military h and r block free   Also, if any other person can claim the child as an eligible child, see Qualifying child of more than one person in the 2013 instructions for Form 1040 or 1040A, line 6c. Military h and r block free   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Military h and r block free   Instead of using line G, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. Military h and r block free Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). Military h and r block free    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. Military h and r block free If you do not use either of the worksheets on the back of Form W-4, enter the number from line H on line 5 of Form W-4. Military h and r block free Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet Use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you plan to itemize your deductions, claim certain credits, or claim adjustments to the income on your 2014 tax return and you want to reduce your withholding. Military h and r block free Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. Military h and r block free Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. Military h and r block free However, do not use more than: The amount shown for that item on your 2013 return (or your 2012 return if you have not yet filed your 2013 return), plus Any additional amount related to a transaction or occurrence (such as payments already made, the signing of an agreement, or the sale of property) that you can prove has happened or will happen during 2013 or 2014. Military h and r block free Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. Military h and r block free On your 2013 tax return, you claimed itemized deductions of $6,600, the total mortgage interest and real estate tax you paid during the 6 months you owned your home. Military h and r block free Based on your mortgage payment schedule and your real estate tax assessment, you reasonably can expect to claim deductions of $13,200 for those items on your 2014 return. Military h and r block free You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. Military h and r block free Not itemizing deductions. Military h and r block free   If you expect to claim the standard deduction on your tax return, skip lines 1 and 2, and enter “0” on line 3 of the worksheet. Military h and r block free Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). Military h and r block free   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. Military h and r block free   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Military h and r block free You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. Military h and r block free Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. Military h and r block free 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). Military h and r block free State and local income or property taxes. Military h and r block free Deductible home mortgage interest. Military h and r block free Investment interest up to net investment income. Military h and r block free Charitable contributions. Military h and r block free Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. Military h and r block free Fully deductible miscellaneous itemized deductions, including: Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities, Federal estate tax on income in respect of a decedent, Repayment of more than $3,000 of income held under a claim of right that you included in income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, Unrecovered investments in an annuity contract under which payments have ceased because of the annuitant's death, Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings reported on your return, and Casualty and theft losses from  income-producing property. Military h and r block free Other miscellaneous itemized deductions that are more than 2% of your AGI, including: Unreimbursed employee business expenses, such as education expenses, work clothes and uniforms, union dues and fees, and the cost of work-related small tools and supplies, Safe deposit box rental, Tax counsel and assistance, and Certain fees paid to an IRA trustee or custodian. Military h and r block free AGI. Military h and r block free   For the purpose of estimating your itemized deductions, your AGI is your estimated total income for 2014 minus any estimated adjustments to income (discussed later) that you include on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free Phaseout of itemized deductions. Military h and r block free   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. Military h and r block free    Itemized Deduction Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1–2 to figure your reduction in itemized deductions. Military h and r block free Worksheet 1-2. Military h and r block free Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. Military h and r block free Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. Military h and r block free   2. Military h and r block free Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. Military h and r block free   3. Military h and r block free Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. Military h and r block free Stop here. Military h and r block free Your deduction is not limited. Military h and r block free Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free  ❑ Yes. Military h and r block free Subtract line 2 from line 1. Military h and r block free 3. Military h and r block free       4. Military h and r block free Multiply line 3 by 80% (. Military h and r block free 80) 4. Military h and r block free       5. Military h and r block free Enter your expected AGI 5. Military h and r block free       6. Military h and r block free Enter $305,050 If married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, or $152,525 if married filing separately 6. Military h and r block free   7. Military h and r block free Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. Military h and r block free Stop here. Military h and r block free Your deduction is not limited. Military h and r block free Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free  ❑ Yes. Military h and r block free Subtract line 6 from line 5. Military h and r block free 7. Military h and r block free       8. Military h and r block free Multiply line 7 by 3% (. Military h and r block free 03) 8. Military h and r block free       9. Military h and r block free Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. Military h and r block free     10. Military h and r block free Subtract line 9 from line 1. Military h and r block free Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. Military h and r block free     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). Military h and r block free   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Military h and r block free These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. Military h and r block free Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. Military h and r block free Net operating loss carryovers. Military h and r block free Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. Military h and r block free Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. Military h and r block free Certain moving expenses. Military h and r block free Deduction for self-employment tax. Military h and r block free Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. Military h and r block free Self-employed health insurance deduction. Military h and r block free Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. Military h and r block free Alimony paid. Military h and r block free IRA deduction. Military h and r block free Student loan interest deduction. Military h and r block free Jury duty pay given to your employer. Military h and r block free Reforestation amortization and expenses. Military h and r block free Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. Military h and r block free Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. Military h and r block free Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. Military h and r block free Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. Military h and r block free Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. Military h and r block free Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. Military h and r block free Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). Military h and r block free Tax credits (worksheet line 5). Military h and r block free   Although you can take most tax credits into account when figuring withholding allowances, the Personal Allowances Worksheet uses only the child and dependent care credit (line F) and the child tax credit (line G). Military h and r block free But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Military h and r block free   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. Military h and r block free If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. Military h and r block free   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. Military h and r block free See the individual tax form instructions for more details. Military h and r block free Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. Military h and r block free See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Military h and r block free Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Military h and r block free See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Military h and r block free Education credits. Military h and r block free See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Military h and r block free Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). Military h and r block free See Publication 590. Military h and r block free Mortgage interest credit. Military h and r block free See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Military h and r block free Adoption credit. Military h and r block free See the Instructions for Form 8839. Military h and r block free Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. Military h and r block free See the Instructions for Form 8801. Military h and r block free General business credit. Military h and r block free See the Instructions for Form 3800. Military h and r block free Earned income credit. Military h and r block free See Publication 596. Military h and r block free Figuring line 5 entry. Military h and r block free   To figure the amount to add on line 5 for tax credits, multiply your estimated total credits by the appropriate number from Table 1-3 . Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Military h and r block free Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. Military h and r block free Your estimated tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and a mortgage interest credit of $1,700 (total credits = $2,660). Military h and r block free In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. Military h and r block free 7. Military h and r block free Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. Military h and r block free 7. Military h and r block free Add the result, $17,822, to the amount you otherwise would show on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and enter the total on line 5. Military h and r block free Because you choose to account for your child and dependent care credit this way, do not make an entry on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Military h and r block free Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). Military h and r block free   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). Military h and r block free Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. Military h and r block free   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. Military h and r block free See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. Military h and r block free Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). Military h and r block free    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. Military h and r block free If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. Military h and r block free 32. Military h and r block free Drop the fraction (. Military h and r block free 32) and enter “1” on line 8. Military h and r block free Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet Complete the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you have more than one job or are married and you and your spouse both work and the combined earnings from all jobs are more than $50,000 ($20,000 if married). Military h and r block free Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). Military h and r block free   On line 1 of the worksheet, enter the number from line H of the Personal Allowances Worksheet (or line 10 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, if used). Military h and r block free Using Table 1 in the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, find the number listed beside the amount of your estimated wages for the year from your lowest paying job (or if lower and you are filing jointly, your spouse's job). Military h and r block free Enter that number on line 2. Military h and r block free However, if you are married filing jointly and estimated wages from the highest paying job are $65,000 or less, do not enter more than “3. Military h and r block free ”    Table 1-3. Military h and r block free Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. Military h and r block free  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. Military h and r block free 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. Military h and r block free 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. Military h and r block free 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. Military h and r block free 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. Military h and r block free 0 $440,001 – 490,000. Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free . Military h and r block free 2. Military h and r block free 9 $490,001 and over 2. Military h and r block free 5 b. Military h and r block free  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. Military h and r block free 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. Military h and r block free 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. Military h and r block free 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. Military h and r block free 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. Military h and r block free 0 $430,001 and over 2. Military h and r block free 5 c. Military h and r block free  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. Military h and r block free 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. Military h and r block free 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. Military h and r block free 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. Military h and r block free 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. Military h and r block free 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. Military h and r block free 9 $460,001 and over 2. Military h and r block free 5 d. Military h and r block free  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. Military h and r block free 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. Military h and r block free 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. Military h and r block free 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. Military h and r block free 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. Military h and r block free 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. Military h and r block free 9 $245,001 and over 2. Military h and r block free 5   Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result (but not less than zero) on line 3 and on Form W-4, line 5. Military h and r block free If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. Military h and r block free   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. Military h and r block free Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. Military h and r block free Other amounts owed. Military h and r block free   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. Military h and r block free The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. Military h and r block free Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld In most situations, the tax withheld from your pay will be close to the tax you figure on your return if you follow these two rules. Military h and r block free You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. Military h and r block free You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. Military h and r block free But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. Military h and r block free This is most likely to happen in the following situations. Military h and r block free You are married and both you and your spouse work. Military h and r block free You have more than one job at a time. Military h and r block free You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. Military h and r block free You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. Military h and r block free Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. Military h and r block free Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. Military h and r block free You work only part of the year. Military h and r block free You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. Military h and r block free You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. Military h and r block free If you anticipate liability for Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax, you may request that your employer withhold an additional amount of income tax withholding on Form W-4. Military h and r block free Part-Year Method If you work only part of the year and your employer agrees to use the part-year withholding method, less tax will be withheld from each wage payment than would be withheld if you worked all year. Military h and r block free To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. Military h and r block free You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. Military h and r block free You cannot use a fiscal year. Military h and r block free You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. Military h and r block free To figure this limit, count all calendar days that you are employed (including weekends, vacations, and sick days) beginning with the first day you are on the job for pay and ending with your last day of work. Military h and r block free If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. Military h and r block free If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. Military h and r block free You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. Military h and r block free How to apply for the part-year method. Military h and r block free   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Military h and r block free The request must state all three of the following. Military h and r block free The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. Military h and r block free That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. Military h and r block free That you use the calendar year as your tax year. Military h and r block free Cumulative Wage Method If you change the number of your withholding allowances during the year, too much or too little tax may have been withheld for the period before you made the change. Military h and r block free You may be able to compensate for this if your employer agrees to use the cumulative wage withholding method for the rest of the year. Military h and r block free You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Military h and r block free To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. Military h and r block free ) since the beginning of the year. Military h and r block free Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. Military h and r block free   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. Military h and r block free Go to www. Military h and r block free irs. Military h and r block free gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. Military h and r block free It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. Military h and r block free Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. Military h and r block free These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. Military h and r block free New Form W-4. Military h and r block free   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. Military h and r block free Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. Military h and r block free   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. Military h and r block free The deadline for putting it into effect is the start of the first payroll period ending 30 or more days after you turn it in. Military h and r block free No Form W-4. Military h and r block free   If you do not give your employer a completed Form W-4, your employer must withhold at the highest rate, as if you were single and claimed no withholding allowances. Military h and r block free Repaying withheld tax. Military h and r block free   If you find you are having too much tax withheld because you did not claim all the withholding allowances you are entitled to, you should give your employer a new Form W-4. Military h and r block free Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. Military h and r block free Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. Military h and r block free   However, if your employer has withheld more than the correct amount of tax for the Form W-4 you have in effect, you do not have to fill out a new Form W-4 to have your withholding lowered to the correct amount. Military h and r block free Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. Military h and r block free If you are not repaid, your Form W-2 will reflect the full amount actually withheld, which you would claim when you file your tax return. Military h and r block free IRS review of your withholding. Military h and r block free   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. Military h and r block free Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. Military h and r block free There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. Military h and r block free See Penalties , later. Military h and r block free   If the IRS determines that you cannot claim more than a specified number of withholding allowances or claim a complete exemption from withholding, the IRS will issue a notice of the maximum number of withholding allowances permitted (commonly referred to as a “lock-in letter”) to both you and your employer. Military h and r block free   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. Military h and r block free If you believe that you are entitled to claim complete exemption from withholding or claim more withholding allowances than the maximum number specified by the IRS in the lock-in letter, you must submit a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support your claims to the IRS. Military h and r block free Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. Military h and r block free At the end of this period, if you have not responded or if your response is not adequate, your employer will be required to withhold based on the original lock-in letter. Military h and r block free   After the lock-in letter takes effect, your employer must withhold tax on the basis of the withholding rate (marital status) and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in that letter. Military h and r block free   If you later believe that you are entitled to claim exemption from withholding or more allowances than the IRS determined, you can complete a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support the claims made on the Form W-4 and send them directly to the IRS address shown on the lock-in letter. Military h and r block free Your employer must continue to figure your withholding on the basis of the number of allowances previously determined by the IRS until the IRS advises your employer otherwise. Military h and r block free   At any time, either before or after the lock-in letter becomes effective, you may give your employer a new Form W-4 that does not claim complete exemption from withholding and results in more income tax withheld than specified in the lock-in letter. Military h and r block free Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. Military h and r block free   Additional information is available at IRS. Military h and r block free gov. Military h and r block free Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. Military h and r block free Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. Military h and r block free The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. Military h and r block free You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. Military h and r block free For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. Military h and r block free For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. Military h and r block free Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Military h and r block free Do not use Figure 1-A if you: Are 65 or older, Are blind, Will itemize deductions on your 2014 return, Will claim an exemption for a dependent on your 2014 return, or Will claim any tax credits on your 2014 return. Military h and r block free These situations are discussed later. Military h and r block free Students. Military h and r block free   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. Military h and r block free If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. Military h and r block free You do not expect to have any other income during the year, and your parents will be able to claim an exemption for you on their tax return. Military h and r block free You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. Military h and r block free The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. Military h and r block free Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. Military h and r block free Please click here for the text description of the image. Military h and r block free Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. Military h and r block free The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you also have a savings account and expect to have $400 interest income during the year. Military h and r block free Using Figure 1-A, you find that you cannot claim exemption from withholding because your unearned income will be more than $350 and your total income will be more than $1,000. Military h and r block free    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. Military h and r block free See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. Military h and r block free    Age 65 or older or blind. Military h and r block free If you are 65 or older or blind, use Worksheet 1-3 or Worksheet 1-4, to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Military h and r block free Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. Military h and r block free Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. Military h and r block free Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. Military h and r block free   If you had no tax liability for 2013, and you will: Itemize deductions, Claim an exemption for a dependent, or Claim a tax credit, use the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet (also see chapter 2), to figure your 2014 expected tax liability. Military h and r block free You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. Military h and r block free Claiming exemption from withholding. Military h and r block free   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. Military h and r block free Do not complete lines 5 and 6. Military h and r block free Enter “Exempt” on line 7. Military h and r block free   If you claim exemption, but later your situation changes so that you will have to pay income tax after all, you must file a new Form W-4 within 10 days after the change. Military h and r block free If you claim exemption in 2014 but you expect to owe income tax for 2015, you must file a new Form W-4 by December 1, 2014. Military h and r block free   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. Military h and r block free See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. Military h and r block free An exemption is good for only 1 year. Military h and r block free   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. Military h and r block free Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. Military h and r block free The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. Military h and r block free However, if these payments are identified separately from regular wages, your employer or other payer of supplemental wages can withhold income tax from these wages at a flat rate. Military h and r block free Expense allowances. Military h and r block free   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. Military h and r block free A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not require you to account for, or prove, your business expenses to your employer or does not require you to return your employer's payments that are more than your proven expenses. Military h and r block free   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid under an accountable plan that are more than your proven expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if you do not return the excess payments within a reasonable period of time. Military h and r block free Accountable plan. Military h and r block free   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. Military h and r block free Your expenses must have a business connection. Military h and r block free That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Military h and r block free You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Military h and r block free You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Military h and r block free    An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. Military h and r block free   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Military h and r block free However, regardless of those facts and circumstances, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Military h and r block free You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Military h and r block free You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Military h and r block free You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Military h and r block free You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Military h and r block free Nonaccountable plan. Military h and r block free   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. Military h and r block free For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Military h and r block free Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. Military h and r block free You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. Military h and r block free You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. Military h and r block free There is also a criminal penalty for willfully supplying false or fraudulent information on your Form W-4 or for willfully failing to supply information that would increase the amount withheld. Military h and r block free The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. Military h and r block free These penalties will apply if you deliberately and knowingly falsify your Form W-4 in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the proper withholding of taxes. Military h and r block free A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. Military h and r block free For example, a person who has tried to figure the number of withholding allowances correctly, but claims seven when the proper number is six, will not be charged a Form W-4 penalty. Military h and r block free However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. Military h and r block free Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. Military h and r block free You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. Military h and r block free However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. Military h and r block free Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. Military h and r block free Reporting tips to your employer. Military h and r block free   If you receive tips of $20 or more in a month while working for any one employer, you must report to your employer the total amount of tips you receive on the job during the month. Military h and r block free The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. Military h and r block free   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. Military h and r block free Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. Military h and r block free How employer figures amount to withhold. Military h and r block free   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. Military h and r block free Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. Military h and r block free By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. Military h and r block free By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. Military h and r block free Not enough pay to cover taxes. Military h and r block free   If your regular pay is not enough for your employer to withhold all the tax (including income tax and social security and Medicare taxes (or the equivalent railroad retirement tax)) due on your pay plus your tips, you can give your employer money to cover the shortage. Military h and r block free   If you do not give your employer money to cover the shortage, your employer first withholds as much Medicare tax and social security or railroad retirement tax as possible, up to the proper amount, and then withholds income tax up to the full amount of your pay. Military h and r block free If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. Military h and r block free When you file your return, you also may have to pay any Medicare and social security tax or railroad retirement tax your employer could not withhold. Military h and r block free Tips not reported to your employer. Military h and r block free   On your tax return, you must report all the tips you receive during the year, even tips you do not report to your employer (this includes the value of any noncash tips you received, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value). Military h and r block free Make sure you are having enough tax withheld, or are paying enough estimated tax (see chapter 2), to cover all your tip income. Military h and r block free Allocated tips. Military h and r block free   If you work in a large food or beverage establishment, your employer may have to report an allocated amount of tips on your Form W-2. Military h and r block free   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. Military h and r block free Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. Military h and r block free Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. Military h and r block free More information. Military h and r block free   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi
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Military h and r block free Publication 503 - Main Content Table of Contents Tests To Claim the CreditQualifying Person Test Earned Income Test Work-Related Expense Test Joint Return Test Provider Identification Test How To Figure the CreditFiguring Total Work-Related Expenses Earned Income Limit Dollar Limit Amount of Credit How To Claim the CreditTax credit not refundable. Military h and r block free Employment Taxes for Household Employers How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Tests To Claim the Credit To be able to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses, you must file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR, not Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ, and meet all the following tests. Military h and r block free The care must be for one or more qualifying persons who are identified on Form 2441. Military h and r block free (See Qualifying Person Test. Military h and r block free ) You (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. Military h and r block free (However, see Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self under Earned Income Test, later. Military h and r block free ) You must pay child and dependent care expenses so you (and your spouse if filing jointly) can work or look for work. Military h and r block free (See Work-Related Expense Test, later. Military h and r block free ) You must make payments for child and dependent care to someone you (and your spouse) cannot claim as a dependent. Military h and r block free If you make payments to your child, he or she cannot be your dependent and must be age 19 or older by the end of the year. Military h and r block free You cannot make payments to: Your spouse, or The parent of your qualifying person if your qualifying person is your child and under age 13. Military h and r block free See Payments to Relatives or Dependents under Work-Related Expense Test, later. Military h and r block free Your filing status may be single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Military h and r block free If you are married, you must file a joint return, unless an exception applies to you. Military h and r block free See Joint Return Test, later. Military h and r block free You must identify the care provider on your tax return. Military h and r block free (See Provider Identification Test, later. Military h and r block free ) If you exclude or deduct dependent care benefits provided by a dependent care benefit plan, the total amount you exclude or deduct must be less than the dollar limit for qualifying expenses (generally, $3,000 if one qualifying person was cared for or $6,000 if two or more qualifying persons were cared for). Military h and r block free (If two or more qualifying persons were cared for, the amount you exclude or deduct will always be less than the dollar limit, since the total amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to $5,000. Military h and r block free See Reduced Dollar Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. Military h and r block free ) These tests are presented in Figure A and are also explained in detail in this publication. Military h and r block free Qualifying Person Test Your child and dependent care expenses must be for the care of one or more qualifying persons. Military h and r block free A qualifying person is: Your qualifying child who is your dependent and who was under age 13 when the care was provided (but see Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart , later), Your spouse who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself and lived with you for more than half the year, or A person who was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, lived with you for more than half the year, and either: Was your dependent, or Would have been your dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. Military h and r block free Dependent defined. Military h and r block free   A dependent is a person, other than you or your spouse, for whom you can claim an exemption. Military h and r block free To be your dependent, a person must be your qualifying child (or your qualifying relative). Military h and r block free Qualifying child. Military h and r block free   To be your qualifying child, a child must live with you for more than half the year and meet other requirements. Military h and r block free More information. Military h and r block free   For more information about who is a dependent or a qualifying child, see Publication 501. Military h and r block free Physically or mentally not able to care for oneself. Military h and r block free   Persons who cannot dress, clean, or feed themselves because of physical or mental problems are considered not able to care for themselves. Military h and r block free Also, persons who must have constant attention to prevent them from injuring themselves or others are considered not able to care for themselves. Military h and r block free Person qualifying for part of year. Military h and r block free   You determine a person's qualifying status each day. Military h and r block free For example, if the person for whom you pay child and dependent care expenses no longer qualifies on September 16, count only those expenses through September 15. Military h and r block free Also see Yearly limit under Dollar Limit, later. Military h and r block free Birth or death of otherwise qualifying person. Military h and r block free   In determining whether a person is a qualifying person, a person 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 person's home more than half the time he or she was alive in 2013. Military h and r block free Taxpayer identification number. Military h and r block free   You must include on your return the name and taxpayer identification number (generally the social security number) of the qualifying person(s). Military h and r block free If the correct information is not shown, the credit may be reduced or disallowed. Military h and r block free Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for aliens. Military h and r block free   If your qualifying person is a nonresident or resident alien who does not have and cannot get a social security number (SSN), use that person's ITIN. Military h and r block free The ITIN is entered wherever an SSN is requested on a tax return. Military h and r block free If the alien does not have an ITIN, he or she must apply for one. Military h and r block free See Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, for details. Military h and r block free   An ITIN is for tax use only. Military h and r block free It does not entitle the holder to social security benefits or change the holder's employment or immigration status under U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free law. Military h and r block free Adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). Military h and r block free   If your qualifying person is a child who was placed in your home for adoption and for whom you do not have an SSN, you must get an ATIN for the child. Military h and r block free File Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free Adoptions. Military h and r block free Child of divorced or separated parents or parents living apart. Military h and r block free   Even if you cannot claim your child as a dependent, he or she is treated as your qualifying person if: The child was under age 13 or was not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself, The child received over half of his or her support during the calendar year from one or both parents who 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 times during the last 6 months of the calendar year, The child was in the custody of one or both parents for more than half the year, and You were the child's custodial parent. Military h and r block free   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights in 2013. Military h and r block free If the child was with each parent for an equal number of nights, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income. Military h and r block free For details and an exception for a parent who works at night, see Publication 501. Military h and r block free   The noncustodial parent cannot treat the child as a qualifying person even if that parent is entitled to claim the child as a dependent under the special rules for a child of divorced or separated parents. Military h and r block free Please click here for the text description of the image. Military h and r block free Figure a. Military h and r block free Can you claim the credit Earned Income Test To claim the credit, you (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year. Military h and r block free Earned income. Military h and r block free   Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, other taxable employee compensation, and net earnings from self-employment. Military h and r block free A net loss from self-employment reduces earned income. Military h and r block free Earned income also includes strike benefits and any disability pay you report as wages. Military h and r block free   Generally, only taxable compensation is included. Military h and r block free However, you can elect to include nontaxable combat pay in earned income. Military h and r block free If you are filing a joint return and both you and your spouse received nontaxable combat pay, you can each make your own election. Military h and r block free (In other words, if one of you makes the election, the other one can also make it but does not have to. Military h and r block free ) Including this income will give you a larger credit only if your (or your spouse's) other earned income is less than the amount entered on line 3 of Form 2441. Military h and r block free You should figure your credit both ways and make the election if it gives you a greater tax benefit. Military h and r block free    You can choose to include your nontaxable combat pay in earned income when figuring your credit for child and dependent care expenses, even if you choose not to include it in earned income for the earned income credit or the exclusion or deduction for dependent care benefits. Military h and r block free Members of certain religious faiths opposed to social security. Military h and r block free   This section is for persons who are members of certain religious faiths that are opposed to participation in Social Security Act programs and have an IRS-approved form that exempts certain income from social security and Medicare taxes. Military h and r block free These forms are: Form 4361, Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners, and Form 4029, Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits, for use by members of recognized religious groups. Military h and r block free   Each form is discussed here in terms of what is or is not earned income for purposes of the child and dependent care credit. Military h and r block free For information on the use of these forms, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. Military h and r block free Form 4361. Military h and r block free   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4361, amounts you received for performing ministerial duties as an employee are earned income. Military h and r block free This includes wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation. Military h and r block free   However, amounts you received for ministerial duties, but not as an employee, do not count as earned income. Military h and r block free Examples include fees for performing marriages and honoraria for delivering speeches. Military h and r block free   Any amount you received for work that is not related to your ministerial duties is earned income. Military h and r block free Form 4029. Military h and r block free   Whether or not you have an approved Form 4029, all wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation are earned income. Military h and r block free   However, amounts you received as a self-employed individual do not count as earned income. Military h and r block free What is not earned income?   Earned income does not include: Pensions and annuities, Social security and railroad retirement benefits, Workers' compensation, Interest and dividends, Unemployment compensation, Scholarships or fellowship grants, except for those reported on Form W-2 and paid to you for teaching or other services, Nontaxable workfare payments, Child support payments received, Income of a nonresident alien that is not effectively connected with a U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free trade or business, or Any amount received for work while an inmate in a penal institution. Military h and r block free Rule for student-spouse or spouse not able to care for self. Military h and r block free   Your spouse is treated as having earned income for any month that he or she is: A full-time student, or Physically or mentally not able to care for himself or herself. Military h and r block free (Your spouse also must live with you for more than half the year. Military h and r block free )   If you are filing a joint return, this rule also applies to you. Military h and r block free You can be treated as having earned income for any month you are a full-time student or not able to care for yourself. Military h and r block free   Figure the earned income of the nonworking spouse, described under (1) or (2) above, as shown under Earned Income Limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. Military h and r block free   This rule applies to only one spouse for any one month. Military h and r block free If, in the same month, both you and your spouse do not work and are either full-time students or not physically or mentally able to care for yourselves, only one of you can be treated as having earned income in that month. Military h and r block free Full-time student. Military h and r block free    You are a full-time student if you are enrolled at a school for the number of hours or classes that the school considers full time. Military h and r block free You must have been a full-time student for some part of each of 5 calendar months during the year. Military h and r block free (The months need not be consecutive. Military h and r block free ) School. Military h and r block free   The term “school” includes high schools, colleges, universities, and technical, trade, and mechanical schools. Military h and r block free A school does not include an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet. Military h and r block free Work-Related Expense Test Child and dependent care expenses must be work-related to qualify for the credit. Military h and r block free Expenses are considered work-related only if both of the following are true. Military h and r block free They allow you (and your spouse if filing jointly) to work or look for work. Military h and r block free They are for a qualifying person's care. Military h and r block free Working or Looking for Work To be work-related, your expenses must allow you to work or look for work. Military h and r block free If you are married, generally both you and your spouse must work or look for work. Military h and r block free One spouse is treated as working during any month he or she is a full-time student or is not physically or mentally able to care for himself or herself. Military h and r block free Your work can be for others or in your own business or partnership. Military h and r block free It can be either full time or part time. Military h and r block free Work also includes actively looking for work. Military h and r block free However, if you do not find a job and have no earned income for the year, you cannot take this credit. Military h and r block free See Earned Income Test, earlier. Military h and r block free An expense is not considered work-related merely because you had it while you were working. Military h and r block free The purpose of the expense must be to allow you to work. Military h and r block free Whether your expenses allow you to work or look for work depends on the facts. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free The cost of a babysitter while you and your spouse go out to eat is not normally a work-related expense. Military h and r block free Example 2. Military h and r block free You work during the day. Military h and r block free Your spouse works at night and sleeps during the day. Military h and r block free You pay for care of your 5-year-old child during the hours when you are working and your spouse is sleeping. Military h and r block free Your expenses are considered work-related. Military h and r block free Volunteer work. Military h and r block free   For this purpose, you are not considered to be working if you do unpaid volunteer work or volunteer work for a nominal salary. Military h and r block free Work for part of year. Military h and r block free   If you work or actively look for work during only part of the period covered by the expenses, then you must figure your expenses for each day. Military h and r block free For example, if you work all year and pay care expenses of $250 a month ($3,000 for the year), all the expenses are work related. Military h and r block free However, if you work or look for work for only 2 months and 15 days during the year and pay expenses of $250 a month, your work-related expenses are limited to $625 (2½ months × $250). Military h and r block free Temporary absence from work. Military h and r block free   You do not have to figure your expenses for each day during a short, temporary absence from work, such as for vacation or a minor illness, if you have to pay for care anyway. Military h and r block free Instead, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for the period of absence. Military h and r block free   An absence of 2 weeks or less is a short, temporary absence. Military h and r block free An absence of more than 2 weeks may be considered a short, temporary absence, depending on the circumstances. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free You pay a nanny to care for your 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter so you can work. Military h and r block free You become ill and miss 4 months of work but receive sick pay. Military h and r block free You continue to pay the nanny to care for the children while you are ill. Military h and r block free Your absence is not a short, temporary absence, and your expenses are not considered work-related. Military h and r block free Part-time work. Military h and r block free   If you work part-time, you generally must figure your expenses for each day. Military h and r block free However, if you have to pay for care weekly, monthly, or in another way that includes both days worked and days not worked, you can figure your credit including the expenses you paid for days you did not work. Military h and r block free Any day when you work at least 1 hour is a day of work. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free You work 3 days a week. Military h and r block free While you work, your 6-year-old child attends a dependent care center, which complies with all state and local regulations. Military h and r block free You can pay the center $150 for any 3 days a week or $250 for 5 days a week. Military h and r block free Your child attends the center 5 days a week. Military h and r block free Your work-related expenses are limited to $150 a week. Military h and r block free Example 2. Military h and r block free The facts are the same as in Example 1 except the center does not offer a 3-day option. Military h and r block free The entire $250 weekly fee may be a work-related expense. Military h and r block free Care of a Qualifying Person To be work-related, your expenses must be to provide care for a qualifying person. Military h and r block free You do not have to choose the least expensive way of providing the care. Military h and r block free The cost of a paid care provider may be an expense for the care of a qualifying person even if another care provider is available at no cost. Military h and r block free Expenses are for the care of a qualifying person only if their main purpose is the person's well-being and protection. Military h and r block free Expenses for household services qualify if part of the services is for the care of qualifying persons. Military h and r block free See Household Services, later. Military h and r block free Expenses not for care. Military h and r block free   Expenses for care do not include amounts you pay for food, lodging, clothing, education, and entertainment. Military h and r block free However, you can include small amounts paid for these items if they are incidental to and cannot be separated from the cost of caring for the qualifying person. Military h and r block free Otherwise, see the discussion of Expenses partly work-related, later. Military h and r block free   Child support payments are not for care and do not qualify for the credit. Military h and r block free Education. Military h and r block free   Expenses for a child in nursery school, preschool, or similar programs for children below the level of kindergarten are expenses for care. Military h and r block free   Expenses to attend kindergarten or a higher grade are not expenses for care. Military h and r block free Do not use these expenses to figure your credit. Military h and r block free   However, expenses for before- or after-school care of a child in kindergarten or a higher grade may be expenses for care. Military h and r block free   Summer school and tutoring programs are not for care. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free You take your 3-year-old child to a nursery school that provides lunch and a few educational activities as part of its preschool childcare service. Military h and r block free The lunch and educational activities are incidental to the childcare, and their cost cannot be separated from the cost of care. Military h and r block free You can count the total cost when you figure the credit. Military h and r block free Example 2. Military h and r block free You place your 10-year-old child in a boarding school so you can work full time. Military h and r block free Only the part of the boarding school expense that is for the care of your child is a work-related expense. Military h and r block free You can count that part of the expense in figuring your credit if it can be separated from the cost of education. Military h and r block free You cannot count any part of the amount you pay the school for your child's education. Military h and r block free Care outside your home. Military h and r block free   You can count the cost of care provided outside your home if the care is for your dependent under age 13 or any other qualifying person who regularly spends at least 8 hours each day in your home. Military h and r block free Dependent care center. Military h and r block free   You can count care provided outside your home by a dependent care center only if the center complies with all state and local regulations that apply to these centers. Military h and r block free   A dependent care center is a place that provides care for more than six persons (other than persons who live there) and receives a fee, payment, or grant for providing services for any of those persons, even if the center is not run for profit. Military h and r block free Camp. Military h and r block free   The cost of sending your child to an overnight camp is not considered a work-related expense. Military h and r block free    The cost of sending your child to a day camp may be a work-related expense, even if the camp specializes in a particular activity, such as computers or soccer. Military h and r block free Transportation. Military h and r block free   If a care provider takes a qualifying person to or from a place where care is provided, that transportation is for the care of the qualifying person. Military h and r block free This includes transportation by bus, subway, taxi, or private car. Military h and r block free However, transportation not provided by a care provider is not for the care of a qualifying person. Military h and r block free Also, if you pay the transportation cost for the care provider to come to your home, that expense is not for care of a qualifying person. Military h and r block free Fees and deposits. Military h and r block free   Fees you paid to an agency to get the services of a care provider, deposits you paid to an agency or preschool, application fees, and other indirect expenses are work-related expenses if you have to pay them to get care, even though they are not directly for care. Military h and r block free However, a forfeited deposit is not for the care of a qualifying person if care is not provided. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free You paid a fee to an agency to get the services of the nanny who cares for your 2-year-old daughter while you work. Military h and r block free The fee you paid is a work-related expense. Military h and r block free Example 2. Military h and r block free You placed a deposit with a preschool to reserve a place for your 3-year-old child. Military h and r block free You later sent your child to a different preschool and forfeited the deposit. Military h and r block free The forfeited deposit is not for care and so is not a work-related expense. Military h and r block free Household Services Expenses you pay for household services meet the work-related expense test if they are at least partly for the well-being and protection of a qualifying person. Military h and r block free Definition. Military h and r block free   Household services are ordinary and usual services done in and around your home that are necessary to run your home. Military h and r block free They include the services of a housekeeper, maid, or cook. Military h and r block free However, they do not include the services of a chauffeur, bartender, or gardener. Military h and r block free Housekeeper. Military h and r block free   In this publication, the term housekeeper refers to any household employee whose services include the care of a qualifying person. Military h and r block free Expenses partly work-related. Military h and r block free   If part of an expense is work-related (for either household services or the care of a qualifying person) and part is for other purposes, you have to divide the expense. Military h and r block free To figure your credit, count only the part that is work-related. Military h and r block free However, you do not have to divide the expense if only a small part is for other purposes. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free You pay a housekeeper to care for your 9-year-old and 15-year-old children so you can work. Military h and r block free The housekeeper spends most of the time doing normal household work and spends 30 minutes a day driving you to and from work. Military h and r block free You do not have to divide the expenses. Military h and r block free You can treat the entire expense of the housekeeper as work-related because the time spent driving is minimal. Military h and r block free Nor do you have to divide the expenses between the two children, even though the expenses are partly for the 15-year-old child who is not a qualifying person, because the expense is also partly for the care of your 9-year-old child, who is a qualifying person. Military h and r block free However, the dollar limit (discussed later) is based on one qualifying person, not two. Military h and r block free Meals and lodging provided for housekeeper. Military h and r block free   If you have expenses for meals that your housekeeper eats in your home because of his or her employment, count these as work-related expenses. Military h and r block free If you have extra expenses for providing lodging in your home to the housekeeper, count these as work-related expenses also. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free To provide lodging to the housekeeper, you move to an apartment with an extra bedroom. Military h and r block free You can count the extra rent and utility expenses for the housekeeper's bedroom as work-related. Military h and r block free However, if your housekeeper moves into an existing bedroom in your home, you can count only the extra utility expenses as work-related. Military h and r block free Taxes paid on wages. Military h and r block free   The taxes you pay on wages for qualifying child and dependent care services are work-related expenses. Military h and r block free For more information on a household employer's tax responsibilities, see Employment Taxes for Household Employers, later. Military h and r block free Payments to Relatives or Dependents You can count work-related payments you make to relatives who are not your dependents, even if they live in your home. Military h and r block free However, do not count any amounts you pay to: A dependent for whom you (or your spouse if filing jointly) can claim an exemption, Your child who was under age 19 at the end of the year, even if he or she is not your dependent, A person who was your spouse any time during the year, or The parent of your qualifying person if your qualifying person is your child and under age 13. Military h and r block free Joint Return Test Generally, married couples must file a joint return to take the credit. Military h and r block free However, if you are legally separated or living apart from your spouse, you may be able to file a separate return and still take the credit. Military h and r block free Legally separated. Military h and r block free   You are not considered married if you are legally separated from your spouse under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Military h and r block free You may be eligible to take the credit on your return using head of household filing status. Military h and r block free Married and living apart. Military h and r block free   You are not considered married and are eligible to take the credit if all the following apply. Military h and r block free You file a return apart from your spouse. Military h and r block free Your home is the home of a qualifying person for more than half the year. Military h and r block free You pay more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the year. Military h and r block free Your spouse does not live in your home for the last 6 months of the year. Military h and r block free Costs of keeping up a home. Military h and r block free   The costs of keeping up a home normally include property taxes, mortgage interest, rent, utility charges, home repairs, insurance on the home, and food eaten at home. Military h and r block free   The costs of keeping up a home do not include payments for clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, transportation, or mortgage principal. Military h and r block free   They also do not include the purchase, permanent improvement, or replacement of property. Military h and r block free For example, you cannot include the cost of replacing a water heater. Military h and r block free However, you can include the cost of repairing a water heater. Military h and r block free Death of spouse. Military h and r block free   If your spouse died during the year and you do not remarry before the end of the year, you generally must file a joint return to take the credit. Military h and r block free If you do remarry before the end of the year, the credit can be claimed on your deceased spouse's own return. Military h and r block free Provider Identification Test You must identify all persons or organizations that provide care for your child or dependent. Military h and r block free Use Form 2441, Part I, to show the information. Military h and r block free If you do not have any care providers and you are filing Form 2441 only to report taxable income in Part III, enter “none” in line 1, column (a). Military h and r block free Information needed. Military h and r block free   To identify the care provider, you must give the provider's: Name, Address, and Taxpayer identification number. Military h and r block free    If the care provider is an individual, the taxpayer identification number is his or her social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Military h and r block free If the care provider is an organization, then it is the employer identification number (EIN). Military h and r block free   You do not have to show the taxpayer identification number if the care provider is a tax-exempt organization (such as a church or school). Military h and r block free In this case, enter “Tax-Exempt” in the space where Form 2441 asks for the number. Military h and r block free   If you cannot provide all of the information or the information is incorrect, you must be able to show that you used due diligence (discussed later) in trying to furnish the necessary information. Military h and r block free Getting the information. Military h and r block free    You can use Form W-10, Dependent Care Provider's Identification and Certification, to request the required information from the care provider. Military h and r block free If you do not use Form W-10, you can get the information from one of the other sources listed in the instructions for Form W-10, including: A copy of the provider's social security card, A copy of the provider's completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, if he or she is your household employee, A copy of the statement furnished by your employer if the provider is your employer's dependent care plan, or A letter or invoice from the provider if it shows the necessary information. Military h and r block free    You should keep this information with your tax records. Military h and r block free Do not send Form W-10 (or other document containing this information) to the Internal Revenue Service. Military h and r block free Due diligence. Military h and r block free   If the care provider information you give is incorrect or incomplete, your credit may not be allowed. Military h and r block free However, if you can show that you used due diligence in trying to supply the information, you can still claim the credit. Military h and r block free   You can show due diligence by getting and keeping the provider's completed Form W-10 or one of the other sources of information just listed. Military h and r block free Care providers can be penalized if they do not provide this information to you or if they provide incorrect information. Military h and r block free Provider refusal. Military h and r block free    If the provider refuses to give you the identifying information, you should report on Form 2441 whatever information you have (such as the name and address). Military h and r block free Enter “See Attached Statement” in the columns calling for the information you do not have. Military h and r block free Then attach a statement explaining that you requested the information from the care provider, but the provider did not give you the information. Military h and r block free Be sure to write your name and social security number on this statement. Military h and r block free The statement will show that you used due diligence in trying to furnish the necessary information. Military h and r block free U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free citizens and resident aliens living abroad. Military h and r block free   If you are living abroad, your care provider may not have, and may not be required to get, a U. Military h and r block free S. Military h and r block free taxpayer identification number (for example, an SSN or an EIN). Military h and r block free If so, enter “LAFCP” (Living Abroad Foreign Care Provider) in the space for the care provider's taxpayer identification number. Military h and r block free How To Figure the Credit Your credit is a percentage of your work-related expenses. Military h and r block free Your expenses are subject to the earned income limit and the dollar limit. Military h and r block free The percentage is based on your adjusted gross income. Military h and r block free Figuring Total Work-Related Expenses To figure the credit for 2013 work-related expenses, count only those you paid by December 31, 2013. Military h and r block free Expenses prepaid in an earlier year. Military h and r block free   If you pay for services before they are provided, you can count the prepaid expenses only in the year the care is received. Military h and r block free Claim the expenses for the later year as if they were actually paid in that later year. Military h and r block free Expenses not paid until the following year. Military h and r block free   Do not count 2012 expenses that you paid in 2013 as work-related expenses for 2013. Military h and r block free You may be able to claim an additional credit for them on your 2013 return, but you must figure it separately. Military h and r block free See Payments for prior year's expenses under Amount of Credit, later. Military h and r block free If you had expenses in 2013 that you did not pay until 2014, you cannot count them when figuring your 2013 credit. Military h and r block free You may be able to claim a credit for them on your 2014 return. Military h and r block free Expenses reimbursed. Military h and r block free   If a state social services agency pays you a nontaxable amount to reimburse you for some of your child and dependent care expenses, you cannot count the expenses that are reimbursed as work-related expenses. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free You paid work-related expenses of $3,000. Military h and r block free You are reimbursed $2,000 by a state social services agency. Military h and r block free You can use only $1,000 to figure your credit. Military h and r block free Medical expenses. Military h and r block free   Some expenses for the care of qualifying persons who are not able to care for themselves may qualify as work-related expenses and also as medical expenses. Military h and r block free You can use them either way, but you cannot use the same expenses to claim both a credit and a medical expense deduction. Military h and r block free   If you use these expenses to figure the credit and they are more than the earned income limit or the dollar limit, discussed later, you can add the excess to your medical expenses. Military h and r block free However, if you use your total expenses to figure your medical expense deduction, you cannot use any part of them to figure your credit. Military h and r block free For information on medical expenses, see Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses. Military h and r block free    Amounts excluded from your income under your employer's dependent care benefits plan cannot be used to claim a medical expense deduction. Military h and r block free Dependent Care Benefits If you receive dependent care benefits, your dollar limit for purposes of the credit may be reduced. Military h and r block free See Reduced Dollar Limit, later. Military h and r block free But, even if you cannot take the credit, you may be able to take an exclusion or deduction for the dependent care benefits. Military h and r block free Dependent care benefits. Military h and r block free    Dependent care benefits include: Amounts your employer paid directly to either you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person while you work, The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer, and Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. Military h and r block free Your salary may have been reduced to pay for these benefits. Military h and r block free If you received benefits as an employee, they should be shown in box 10 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Military h and r block free See Statement for employee, later. Military h and r block free Benefits you received as a partner should be shown in box 13 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) with code O. Military h and r block free   Enter the amount of these benefits on Form 2441, Part III, line 12. Military h and r block free Exclusion or deduction. Military h and r block free   If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. Military h and r block free Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. Military h and r block free To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441. Military h and r block free You cannot use Form 1040EZ. Military h and r block free   If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. Military h and r block free Therefore, you would not get an exclusion from wages. Military h and r block free Instead, you would get a deduction on Form 1040, Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. Military h and r block free To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. Military h and r block free   The amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to the smallest of: The total amount of dependent care benefits you received during the year, The total amount of qualified expenses you incurred during the year, Your earned income, Your spouse's earned income, or $5,000 ($2,500 if married filing separately). Military h and r block free   The definition of earned income for the exclusion or deduction is the same as the definition used when figuring the credit except that earned income for the exclusion or deduction does not include any dependent care benefits you receive. Military h and r block free    You can choose to include your nontaxable combat pay in earned income when figuring your exclusion or deduction, even if you choose not to include it in earned income for the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Military h and r block free Statement for employee. Military h and r block free   Your employer must give you a Form W-2 (or similar statement), showing in box 10 the total amount of dependent care benefits provided to you during the year under a qualified plan. Military h and r block free Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $5,000 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. Military h and r block free Effect of exclusion on credit. Military h and r block free   If you exclude dependent care benefits from your income, the amount of the excluded benefits: Is not included in your work-related expenses, and Reduces the dollar limit, discussed later. Military h and r block free Earned Income Limit The amount of work-related expenses you use to figure your credit cannot be more than: Your earned income for the year, if you are single at the end of the year, or The smaller of your or your spouse's earned income for the year if you are married at the end of the year. Military h and r block free Earned income for the purpose of figuring the credit is defined under Earned Income Test, earlier. Military h and r block free For purposes of item (2), use your spouse's earned income for the entire year, even if you were married for only part of the year. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free You remarried on December 3. Military h and r block free Your earned income for the year was $18,000. Military h and r block free Your new spouse's earned income for the year was $2,000. Military h and r block free You paid work-related expenses of $3,000 for the care of your 5-year-old child and qualified to claim the credit. Military h and r block free The amount of expenses you use to figure your credit cannot be more than $2,000 (the smaller of your earned income or that of your spouse). Military h and r block free Separated spouse. Military h and r block free   If you are legally separated or married and living apart from your spouse (as described under Joint Return Test, earlier), you are not considered married for purposes of the earned income limit. Military h and r block free Use only your income in figuring the earned income limit. Military h and r block free Surviving spouse. Military h and r block free   If your spouse died during the year and you file a joint return as a surviving spouse, you may, but are not required to, take into account the earned income of your spouse who died during the year. Military h and r block free Community property laws. Military h and r block free   Disregard community property laws when you figure earned income for this credit. Military h and r block free Self-employment earnings. Military h and r block free   If you are self-employed, include your net earnings in earned income. Military h and r block free For purposes of the child and dependent care credit, net earnings from self-employment generally means the amount from Schedule SE (either Section A or Section B), line 3, minus any deduction for self-employment tax on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 27. Military h and r block free Include your self-employment earnings in earned income, even if they are less than $400 and you did not file Schedule SE. Military h and r block free Clergy or church employee. Military h and r block free   If you are a member of the clergy or a church employee, see the Instructions for Form 2441 for details. Military h and r block free Statutory employee. Military h and r block free   If you filed Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040) to report income as a statutory employee, also include as earned income the amount from line 1 of that Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040). Military h and r block free Net loss. Military h and r block free   You must reduce your earned income by any net loss from self-employment. Military h and r block free Optional method if earnings are low or a net loss. Military h and r block free   If your net earnings from self-employment are low or you have a net loss, you may be able to figure your net earnings by using an optional method instead of the regular method. Military h and r block free Get Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, for details. Military h and r block free If you use an optional method to figure net earnings for self-employment tax purposes, include those net earnings in your earned income for this credit. Military h and r block free In this case, subtract any deduction you claimed on Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 27, from the total of the amounts on Schedule SE, Section B, lines 3 and 4b, to figure your net earnings. Military h and r block free You or your spouse is a student or not able to care for self. Military h and r block free   Your spouse who is either a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself is treated as having earned income. Military h and r block free His or her earned income for each month is considered to be at least $250 if there is one qualifying person in your home, or at least $500 if there are two or more. Military h and r block free Spouse works. Military h and r block free   If your spouse works during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or his or her actual earned income for that month. Military h and r block free Spouse qualifies for part of month. Military h and r block free   If your spouse is a full-time student or not able to care for himself or herself for only part of a month, the full $250 (or $500) still applies for that month. Military h and r block free You are a student or not able to care for self. Military h and r block free   These rules also apply if you are a student or not able to care for yourself and are filing a joint return. Military h and r block free For each month or part of a month you are a student or not able to care for yourself, your earned income is considered to be at least $250 (or $500). Military h and r block free If you also work during that month, use the higher of $250 (or $500) or your actual earned income for that month. Military h and r block free Both spouses qualify. Military h and r block free   If, in the same month, both you and your spouse are either full-time students or not able to care for yourselves, only one spouse can be considered to have this earned income of $250 (or $500) for that month. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free Jim works and keeps up a home for himself and his wife Sharon. Military h and r block free Because of an accident, Sharon is not able to care for herself for 11 months during the tax year. Military h and r block free During the 11 months, Jim pays $3,300 of work-related expenses for Sharon's care. Military h and r block free These expenses also qualify as medical expenses. Military h and r block free Their adjusted gross income is $29,000 and the entire amount is Jim's earned income. Military h and r block free Jim and Sharon's earned income limit is the smallest of the following amounts. Military h and r block free   Jim and Sharon's Earned Income Limit   1) Work-related expenses Jim paid $   3,300   2) Jim's earned income $   29,000   3) Income considered earned by Sharon (11 × $250) $    2,750   Jim and Sharon can use $2,750 to figure the credit and treat the balance of $550 ($3,300 − $2,750) as a medical expense. Military h and r block free However, if they use the $3,300 first as a medical expense, they cannot use any part of that amount to figure the credit. Military h and r block free Dollar Limit There is a dollar limit on the amount of your work-related expenses you can use to figure the credit. Military h and r block free This limit is $3,000 for one qualifying person, or $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons. Military h and r block free If you paid work-related expenses for the care of two or more qualifying persons, the applicable dollar limit is $6,000. Military h and r block free This limit does not need to be divided equally among them. Military h and r block free For example, if your work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person are $3,200 and your work-related expenses for another qualifying person are $2,800, you can use the total, $6,000, when figuring the credit. Military h and r block free Yearly limit. Military h and r block free   The dollar limit is a yearly limit. Military h and r block free The amount of the dollar limit remains the same no matter how long, during the year, you have a qualifying person in your household. Military h and r block free Use the $3,000 limit if you paid work-related expenses for the care of one qualifying person at any time during the year. Military h and r block free Use $6,000 if you paid work-related expenses for the care of more than one qualifying person at any time during the year. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free You pay $500 a month for after-school care for your son. Military h and r block free He turned 13 on May 1 and is no longer a qualifying person. Military h and r block free You can use the $2,000 of expenses for his care January through April to figure your credit because it is not more than the $3,000 yearly limit. Military h and r block free Example 2. Military h and r block free In July of this year, to permit your spouse to begin a new job, you enrolled your 3-year-old daughter in a nursery school that provides preschool childcare. Military h and r block free You paid $300 per month for the childcare. Military h and r block free You can use the full $1,800 you paid ($300 × 6 months) as qualified expenses because it is not more than the $3,000 yearly limit. Military h and r block free Reduced Dollar Limit If you received dependent care benefits that you exclude or deduct from your income, you must subtract that amount from the dollar limit that applies to you. Military h and r block free Your reduced dollar limit is figured on Form 2441, Part III. Military h and r block free See Dependent Care Benefits, earlier, for information on excluding or deducting these benefits. Military h and r block free Example 1. Military h and r block free George is a widower with one child and earns $24,000 a year. Military h and r block free He pays work-related expenses of $2,900 for the care of his 4-year-old child and qualifies to claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Military h and r block free His employer pays an additional $1,000 under a qualified dependent care benefit plan. Military h and r block free This $1,000 is excluded from George's income. Military h and r block free Although the dollar limit for his work-related expenses is $3,000 (one qualifying person), George figures his credit on only $2,000 of the $2,900 work-related expenses he paid. Military h and r block free This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. Military h and r block free   George's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for one qualifying person $3,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits George excludes from income −1,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on expenses George can use for the credit $2,000 Example 2. Military h and r block free Randall is married and both he and his wife are employed. Military h and r block free Each has earned income in excess of $6,000. Military h and r block free They have two children, Anne and Andy, ages 2 and 4, who attend a daycare facility licensed and regulated by the state. Military h and r block free Randall's work-related expenses are $6,000 for the year. Military h and r block free Randall's employer has a dependent care assistance program as part of its cafeteria plan, which allows employees to make pre-tax contributions to a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. Military h and r block free Randall has elected to take the maximum $5,000 exclusion from his salary to cover dependent care expenses through this program. Military h and r block free Although the dollar limit for his work-related expenses is $6,000 (two or more qualifying persons), Randall figures his credit on only $1,000 of the $6,000 work-related expense paid. Military h and r block free This is because his dollar limit is reduced as shown next. Military h and r block free   Randall's Reduced Dollar Limit 1) Maximum allowable expenses for two qualifying persons $6,000 2) Minus: Dependent care benefits selected from employer's cafeteria plan and  excluded from Randall's income −5,000 3) Reduced dollar limit on work-related expenses Randall can use for the credit $1,000 Amount of Credit To determine the amount of your credit, multiply your work-related expenses (after applying the earned income and dollar limits) by a percentage. Military h and r block free This percentage depends on your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37. Military h and r block free The following table shows the percentage to use based on adjusted gross income. Military h and r block free   IF your adjusted gross income is: THEN the       Over:       But not over:   percentage is:       $0   —   $15,000   35%       15,000   —   17,000   34%       17,000   —   19,000   33%       19,000   —   21,000   32%       21,000   —   23,000   31%       23,000   —   25,000   30%       25,000   —   27,000   29%       27,000   —   29,000   28%       29,000   —   31,000   27%       31,000   —   33,000   26%       33,000   —   35,000   25%       35,000   —   37,000   24%       37,000   —   39,000   23%       39,000   —   41,000   22%       41,000   —   43,000   21%       43,000   —   No limit   20%   To qualify for the credit, you must have one or more qualifying persons. Military h and r block free You should show the expenses for each person on Form 2441, line 2, column (c). Military h and r block free However, it is possible a qualifying person could have no expenses and a second qualifying person could have expenses exceeding $3,000. Military h and r block free You should list -0- for the one person and the actual amount for the second person. Military h and r block free The $6,000 limit that applies to two or more qualifying persons would still be used to compute your credit unless you already excluded or deducted, in Part III of Form 2441, certain dependent care benefits paid to you (or on your behalf) by your employer. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free Roger and Megan Paris have two qualifying children. Military h and r block free They received $1,000 of dependent care benefits from Megan's employer during 2013, but they incurred a total of $19,500 of child and dependent care expenses. Military h and r block free They complete Part III of Form 2441 to exclude the $1,000 from their taxable income (offsetting $1,000 of their expenses). Military h and r block free Roger and Megan continue to line 27 to figure their credit using the remaining $18,500 of expenses. Military h and r block free Line 30 tells them to complete line 2 without including any dependent care benefits. Military h and r block free They complete line 2 of Form 2441, listing both Susan and James, as shown in the Line 2 example above. Military h and r block free Line 2 Example (a) Qualifying person's name (b) Qualifying person's social security number (c) Qualified expenses you incurred and paid in 2013 for the person listed in column (a) First Last Susan Paris 123-00-6789 -0- James Paris 987-00-4321 18,500. Military h and r block free 00 All of Susan's expenses were covered by the $1,000 of employer-provided dependent care benefits. Military h and r block free However, their son James has special needs and they paid $18,500 for his care. Military h and r block free Line 3 imposes a $5,000 limit for two or more children ($6,000 limit, minus $1,000 already excluded from income = $5,000) and Roger and Megan continue to complete the form. Military h and r block free Even though line 2 indicates one of the Paris children did not have any dependent care expenses, it does not change the fact that they had two qualifying children for the purposes of Form 2441. Military h and r block free Payments for prior year's expenses. Military h and r block free   If you had work-related expenses in 2012 that you paid in 2013, you may be able to increase the credit on your 2013 return. Military h and r block free Attach a statement to your form showing how you figured the additional amount from 2012. Military h and r block free Then enter “CPYE” (Credit for Prior Year Expenses) and the amount of the credit on the dotted line next to line 9 on Form 2441. Military h and r block free Also enter the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses. Military h and r block free Then add this credit to the amount on line 9, and replace the amount on line 9 with the total. Military h and r block free See Worksheet A. Military h and r block free Example. Military h and r block free In 2012, Sam and Kate had childcare expenses of $2,600 for their 12-year-old child. Military h and r block free Of the $2,600, they paid $2,000 in 2012 and $600 in 2013. Military h and r block free Their adjusted gross income for 2012 was $30,000. Military h and r block free Sam's earned income of $14,000 was less than Kate's earned income. Military h and r block free A credit for their 2012 expenses paid in 2013 is not allowed in 2012. Military h and r block free It is allowed for the 2013 tax year, but they must use their adjusted gross income for 2012 to compute the amount. Military h and r block free The filled-in Worksheet A they used to figure this credit is shown later. Military h and r block free Sam and Kate add the $162 from line 13 of this worksheet to their 2013 credit and enter the total on their Form 2441, line 9. Military h and r block free They enter “CPYE $162” and their child's name and SSN in the space to the left of line 9. Military h and r block free Worksheet A. Military h and r block free Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. Military h and r block free 1. Military h and r block free   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. Military h and r block free     2. Military h and r block free   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. Military h and r block free     3. Military h and r block free   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. Military h and r block free     4. Military h and r block free   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. Military h and r block free     5. Military h and r block free   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. Military h and r block free     6. Military h and r block free   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. Military h and r block free     7. Military h and r block free   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. Military h and r block free     8. Military h and r block free   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. Military h and r block free     9. Military h and r block free   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. Military h and r block free     10. Military h and r block free   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. Military h and r block free If zero or less, stop here. Military h and r block free You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. Military h and r block free     11. Military h and r block free   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. Military h and r block free     12. Military h and r block free   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. Military h and r block free             IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over:   But not over:     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . Military h and r block free 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . Military h and r block free 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . Military h and r block free 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . Military h and r block free 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . Military h and r block free 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . Military h and r block free 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . Military h and r block free 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . Military h and r block free 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . Military h and r block free 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . Military h and r block free 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . Military h and r block free 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . Military h and r block free 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . Military h and r block free 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . Military h and r block free 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . Military h and r block free 21                 43,000 — No limit     . Military h and r block free 20           13. Military h and r block free   Multiply line 10 by line 12. Military h and r block free Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. Military h and r block free Enter the following on the dotted line next to line 9 of Form 2441: “CPYE” The amount of this credit for a prior year's expenses           Also, attach a statement to your tax return showing the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses and how you figured the credit 13. Military h and r block free       Worksheet A. Military h and r block free Filled-in Worksheet for 2012 Expenses Paid in 2013 Use this worksheet to figure the credit you may claim for 2012 expenses paid in 2013. Military h and r block free 1. Military h and r block free   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2012 1. Military h and r block free   $2,000 2. Military h and r block free   Enter your 2012 qualified expenses paid in 2013 2. Military h and r block free   600 3. Military h and r block free   Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2 3. Military h and r block free   2,600 4. Military h and r block free   Enter $3,000 if care was for one qualifying person ($6,000 if for two or more) 4. Military h and r block free   3,000 5. Military h and r block free   Enter any dependent care benefits received for 2012 and excluded from your income (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 25) 5. Military h and r block free   0 6. Military h and r block free   Subtract the amount on line 5 from the amount on line 4 and enter the result 6. Military h and r block free   3,000 7. Military h and r block free   Compare your earned income for 2012 and your spouse's earned income for 2012 and enter the smaller amount 7. Military h and r block free   14,000 8. Military h and r block free   Compare the amounts on lines 3, 6, and 7 and enter the smallest amount 8. Military h and r block free   2,600 9. Military h and r block free   Enter the amount on which you figured the credit for 2012 (from your 2012 Form 2441, line 6) 9. Military h and r block free   2,000 10. Military h and r block free   Subtract the amount on line 9 from the amount on line 8 and enter the result. Military h and r block free If zero or less, stop here. Military h and r block free You cannot increase your 2013 credit by any previous year's expenses 10. Military h and r block free   600 11. Military h and r block free   Enter your 2012 adjusted gross income (from your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040NR, line 37) 11. Military h and r block free   30,000 12. Military h and r block free   Find your 2012 adjusted gross income in the table below and enter the corresponding decimal amount here 12. Military h and r block free   . Military h and r block free 27         IF your 2012 adjusted gross income is:   THEN the decimal                 Over   But not over     amount is:                 $0 — $15,000     . Military h and r block free 35                 15,000 — 17,000     . Military h and r block free 34                 17,000 — 19,000     . Military h and r block free 33                 19,000 — 21,000     . Military h and r block free 32                 21,000 — 23,000     . Military h and r block free 31                 23,000 — 25,000     . Military h and r block free 30                 25,000 — 27,000     . Military h and r block free 29                 27,000 — 29,000     . Military h and r block free 28                 29,000 — 31,000     . Military h and r block free 27                 31,000 — 33,000     . Military h and r block free 26                 33,000 — 35,000     . Military h and r block free 25                 35,000 — 37,000     . Military h and r block free 24                 37,000 — 39,000     . Military h and r block free 23                 39,000 — 41,000     . Military h and r block free 22                 41,000 — 43,000     . Military h and r block free 21                 43,000 — No limit     . Military h and r block free 20           13. Military h and r block free   Multiply line 10 by line 12. Military h and r block free Add this amount to your 2013 credit and enter the total on your 2013 Form 2441, line 9. Military h and r block free Enter the following on the dotted line next to line 9 of Form 2441: “CPYE” The amount of this credit for a prior year's expenses             Also, attach a statement to your tax return showing the name and taxpayer identification number of the person for whom you paid the prior year's expenses and how you figured the credit 13. Military h and r block free   $162   How To Claim the Credit To claim the credit, you can file Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Military h and r block free You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040NR-EZ. Military h and r block free Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Military h and r block free    You must complete Form 2441 and attach it to your Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR. Military h and r block free Enter the credit on your Form 1040, line 48; Form 1040A, line 29; or Form 1040NR, line 46. Military h and r block free Limit on credit. Military h and r block free    The amount of credit you can claim is limited to your tax. Military h and r block free For more information, see the Instructions for Form 2441. Military h and r block free Tax credit not refundable. Military h and r block free   You cannot get a refund for any part of the credit that is more than this limit. Military h and r block free Recordkeeping. Military h and r block free You should keep records of your work-related expenses. 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