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Understanding your CP23 Notice

We made changes to your return because we found a difference between the amount of estimated tax payments on your tax return and the amount we posted to your account. You have a balance due because of these changes.

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How to get help

Calling the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice is the fastest way to get your questions answered.

You can also authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using this Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (Form 2848).

Or you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
 


What you need to do

  • Read your notice carefully — it will explain how much money you owe on your taxes.
  • Check the list of payments we applied to your account to see if we applied all the payments you made.
  • Correct the copy of your tax return that you kept for your records.
  • Pay the amount you owe by the date on the notice's payment coupon if you agree with the notice.
  • If you disagree with the notice, please contact us at the toll-free number listed on its top right-hand corner (within 60 days of the notice’s date).
  • Make payment arrangements if you can't pay the full amount you owe.

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Answers to Common Questions

What should I do if I find you misapplied a payment or haven't credited a payment that I made?
Contact us with your information at the toll-free number listed on your notice. Please have your documentation (such as cancelled checks, amended return, etc.) ready when you call. Our representative will discuss the issue with you and give you further instructions.

What should I do if I disagree with the changes you made?
Contact us at the toll free number listed on the top right-hand corner of your notice.

How do I adjust my estimated tax payments?
You can adjust your estimated tax payments by completing a Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax for more information.

What should I do if I need to make another correction to my tax return?
You'll need to file Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Do I have to pay interest on the amount I owe?
Interest will accrue on the amount you owe unless you pay it by the requested date on the notice's payment coupon.

Do I receive a penalty if I cannot pay the full amount?
Yes. You usually will receive a late payment penalty. Notice 746, Information About Your Notice, Penalty and Interest has more information about penalties and interest.

What happens if I cannot pay the full amount I owe?
You can arrange to make a payment plan with us if you can't pay the full amount you owe.

How can I set up a payment plan?
Call the toll-free number listed on the top right-hand corner of your notice to discuss payment options, or learn more about payment arrangements.

What happens if I don't pay?
We can file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien. The lien gives us a legal claim to your property for payment for your tax debt.


Tips for next year

Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.

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Mypay military pay 27. Mypay military pay   Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Mypay military pay Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed Reimbursements Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping What's New Standard mileage rate. Mypay military pay  Generally, if you claim a business deduction for work-related education and you drive your car to and from school, the amount you can deduct for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, is 56½ cents per mile. Mypay military pay For more information, see Transportation Expenses under What Expenses Can Be Deducted. Mypay military pay Introduction This chapter discusses work-related education expenses that you may be able to deduct as business expenses. Mypay military pay To claim such a deduction, you must: Itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you are an employee, File Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are self-employed, and Have expenses for education that meet the requirements discussed under Qualifying Work-Related Education . Mypay military pay If you are an employee and can itemize your deductions, you may be able to claim a deduction for the expenses you pay for your work-related education. Mypay military pay Your deduction will be the amount by which your qualifying work-related education expenses plus other job and certain miscellaneous expenses (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is greater than 2% of your adjusted gross income. Mypay military pay See chapter 28. Mypay military pay If you are self-employed, you deduct your expenses for qualifying work-related education directly from your self-employment income. Mypay military pay Your work-related education expenses may also qualify you for other tax benefits, such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits (see chapter 35). Mypay military pay You may qualify for these other benefits even if you do not meet the requirements listed earlier. Mypay military pay Also, keep in mind that your work-related education expenses may qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. Mypay military pay Generally, you may claim any number of benefits as long as you use different expenses to figure each one. Mypay military pay When you figure your taxes, you may want to compare these tax benefits so you can choose the method(s) that give you the lowest tax liability. Mypay military pay Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 970 Tax Benefits for Education Form (and Instructions) 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Qualifying Work-Related Education You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as business expenses. Mypay military pay This is education that meets at least one of the following two tests. Mypay military pay The education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. Mypay military pay The required education must serve a bona fide business purpose of your employer. Mypay military pay The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Mypay military pay However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it is not qualifying work-related education if it: Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Mypay military pay You can deduct the costs of qualifying work-related education as a business expense even if the education could lead to a degree. Mypay military pay Use Figure 27-A, later, as a quick check to see if your education qualifies. Mypay military pay Education Required by Employer or by Law Once you have met the minimum educational requirements for your job, your employer or the law may require you to get more education. Mypay military pay This additional education is qualifying work-related education if all three of the following requirements are met. Mypay military pay It is required for you to keep your present salary, status, or job, The requirement serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer, and The education is not part of a program that will qualify you for a new trade or business. Mypay military pay When you get more education than your employer or the law requires, the additional education can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills required in your present work. Mypay military pay See Education To Maintain or Improve Skills , later. Mypay military pay Example. Mypay military pay You are a teacher who has satisfied the minimum requirements for teaching. Mypay military pay Your employer requires you to take an additional college course each year to keep your teaching job. Mypay military pay If the courses will not qualify you for a new trade or business, they are qualifying work-related education even if you eventually receive a master's degree and an increase in salary because of this extra education. Mypay military pay Education To Maintain or Improve Skills If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Mypay military pay This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses. Mypay military pay Example. Mypay military pay You repair televisions, radios, and stereo systems for XYZ Store. Mypay military pay To keep up with the latest changes, you take special courses in radio and stereo service. Mypay military pay These courses maintain and improve skills required in your work. Mypay military pay Maintaining skills vs. Mypay military pay qualifying for new job. Mypay military pay   Education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work is not qualifying education if it will also qualify you for a new trade or business. Mypay military pay Education during temporary absence. Mypay military pay   If you stop working for a year or less in order to get education to maintain or improve skills needed in your present work and then return to the same general type of work, your absence is considered temporary. Mypay military pay Education that you get during a temporary absence is qualifying work-related education if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. Mypay military pay Example. Mypay military pay You quit your biology research job to become a full-time biology graduate student for one year. Mypay military pay If you return to work in biology research after completing the courses, the education is related to your present work even if you do not go back to work with the same employer. 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Mypay military pay Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business Education that is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business is not qualifying work-related education. Mypay military pay This is true even if you do not plan to enter that trade or business. Mypay military pay If you are an employee, a change of duties that involves the same general kind of work is not a new trade or business. Mypay military pay Example 1. Mypay military pay You are an accountant. Mypay military pay Your employer requires you to get a law degree at your own expense. Mypay military pay You register at a law school for the regular curriculum that leads to a law degree. Mypay military pay Even if you do not intend to become a lawyer, the education is not qualifying because the law degree will qualify you for a new trade or business. Mypay military pay Example 2. Mypay military pay You are a general practitioner of medicine. Mypay military pay You take a 2-week course to review developments in several specialized fields of medicine. Mypay military pay The course does not qualify you for a new profession. Mypay military pay It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Mypay military pay Example 3. Mypay military pay While working in the private practice of psychiatry, you enter a program to study and train at an accredited psychoanalytic institute. Mypay military pay The program will lead to qualifying you to practice psychoanalysis. Mypay military pay The psychoanalytic training does not qualify you for a new profession. Mypay military pay It is qualifying work-related education because it maintains or improves skills required in your present profession. Mypay military pay Bar or CPA Review Course Review courses to prepare for the bar examination or the certified public accountant (CPA) examination are not qualifying work-related education. Mypay military pay They are part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new profession. Mypay military pay Teaching and Related Duties All teaching and related duties are considered the same general kind of work. Mypay military pay A change in duties in any of the following ways is not considered a change to a new business. Mypay military pay Elementary school teacher to secondary school teacher. Mypay military pay Teacher of one subject, such as biology, to teacher of another subject, such as art. Mypay military pay Classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Mypay military pay Classroom teacher to school administrator. Mypay military pay What Expenses Can Be Deducted If your education meets the requirements described earlier under Qualifying Work-Related Education , you can generally deduct your education expenses as business expenses. Mypay military pay If you are not self-employed, you can deduct business expenses only if you itemize your deductions. Mypay military pay You cannot deduct expenses related to tax-exempt and excluded income. Mypay military pay Deductible expenses. Mypay military pay   The following education expenses can be deducted. Mypay military pay Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and similar items. Mypay military pay Certain transportation and travel costs. Mypay military pay Other education expenses, such as costs of research and typing when writing a paper as part of an educational program. Mypay military pay Nondeductible expenses. Mypay military pay   You cannot deduct personal or capital expenses. Mypay military pay For example, you cannot deduct the dollar value of vacation time or annual leave you take to attend classes. Mypay military pay This amount is a personal expense. Mypay military pay Unclaimed reimbursement. Mypay military pay   If you do not claim reimbursement that you are entitled to receive from your employer, you cannot deduct the expenses that apply to that unclaimed reimbursement. Mypay military pay Example. Mypay military pay Your employer agrees to pay your education expenses if you file a voucher showing your expenses. Mypay military pay You do not file a voucher, and you do not get reimbursed. Mypay military pay Because you did not file a voucher, you cannot deduct the expenses on your tax return. Mypay military pay Transportation Expenses If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. Mypay military pay If you are regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home. Mypay military pay Temporary basis. Mypay military pay   You go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations applies to you. Mypay military pay Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less and does indeed last for 1 year or less. Mypay military pay Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Mypay military pay Your attendance is temporary up to the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Mypay military pay Note. Mypay military pay If you are in either situation (1) or (2), your attendance is not temporary if facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. Mypay military pay Attendance not on a temporary basis. Mypay military pay   You do not go to school on a temporary basis if either of the following situations apply to you. Mypay military pay Your attendance at school is realistically expected to last more than 1 year. Mypay military pay It does not matter how long you actually attend. Mypay military pay Initially, your attendance at school is realistically expected to last 1 year or less, but at a later date your attendance is reasonably expected to last more than 1 year. Mypay military pay Your attendance is not temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. Mypay military pay Deductible Transportation Expenses If you are regularly employed and go directly from home to school on a temporary basis, you can deduct the round-trip costs of transportation between your home and school. Mypay military pay This is true regardless of the location of the school, the distance traveled, or whether you attend school on nonwork days. Mypay military pay Transportation expenses include the actual costs of bus, subway, cab, or other fares, as well as the costs of using your car. Mypay military pay Transportation expenses do not include amounts spent for travel, meals, or lodging while you are away from home overnight. Mypay military pay Example 1. Mypay military pay You regularly work in a nearby town, and go directly from work to home. Mypay military pay You also attend school every work night for 3 months to take a course that improves your job skills. Mypay military pay Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your daily round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Mypay military pay This is true regardless of the distance traveled. Mypay military pay Example 2. Mypay military pay Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that on certain nights you go directly from work to school and then home. Mypay military pay You can deduct your transportation expenses from your regular work site to school and then home. Mypay military pay Example 3. Mypay military pay Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend the school for 9 months on Saturdays, nonwork days. Mypay military pay Since you are attending school on a temporary basis, you can deduct your round-trip transportation expenses in going between home and school. Mypay military pay Example 4. Mypay military pay Assume the same facts as in Example 1 except that you attend classes twice a week for 15 months. Mypay military pay Since your attendance in school is not considered temporary, you cannot deduct your transportation expenses in going between home and school. Mypay military pay If you go directly from work to school, you can deduct the one-way transportation expenses of going from work to school. Mypay military pay If you go from work to home to school and return home, your transportation expenses cannot be more than if you had gone directly from work to school. Mypay military pay Using your car. Mypay military pay   If you use your car (whether you own or lease it) for transportation to school, you can deduct your actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate to figure the amount you can deduct. Mypay military pay The standard mileage rate for miles driven from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013 is 56½ cents per mile. Mypay military pay Whichever method you use, you can also deduct parking fees and tolls. Mypay military pay See chapter 26 for information on deducting your actual expenses of using a car. Mypay military pay Travel Expenses You can deduct expenses for travel, meals (see 50% limit on meals , later), and lodging if you travel overnight mainly to obtain qualifying work-related education. Mypay military pay Travel expenses for qualifying work-related education are treated the same as travel expenses for other employee business purposes. Mypay military pay For more information, see chapter 26. Mypay military pay You cannot deduct expenses for personal activities, such as sightseeing, visiting, or entertaining. Mypay military pay Mainly personal travel. Mypay military pay   If your travel away from home is mainly personal, you cannot deduct all of your expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Mypay military pay You can deduct only your expenses for lodging and 50% of your expenses for meals during the time you attend the qualified educational activities. Mypay military pay   Whether a trip's purpose is mainly personal or educational depends upon the facts and circumstances. Mypay military pay An important factor is the comparison of time spent on personal activities with time spent on educational activities. Mypay military pay If you spend more time on personal activities, the trip is considered mainly educational only if you can show a substantial nonpersonal reason for traveling to a particular location. Mypay military pay Example 1. Mypay military pay John works in Newark, New Jersey. Mypay military pay He traveled to Chicago to take a deductible 1-week course at the request of his employer. Mypay military pay His main reason for going to Chicago was to take the course. Mypay military pay While there, he took a sight-seeing trip, entertained some friends, and took a side trip to Pleasantville for a day. Mypay military pay Since the trip was mainly for business, John can deduct his round-trip airfare to Chicago. Mypay military pay He cannot deduct his transportation expenses of going to Pleasantville. Mypay military pay He can deduct only the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging connected with his educational activities. Mypay military pay Example 2. Mypay military pay Sue works in Boston. Mypay military pay She went to a university in Michigan to take a course for work. Mypay military pay The course is qualifying work-related education. Mypay military pay She took one course, which is one-fourth of a full course load of study. Mypay military pay She spent the rest of the time on personal activities. Mypay military pay Her reasons for taking the course in Michigan were all personal. Mypay military pay Sue's trip is mainly personal because three-fourths of her time is considered personal time. Mypay military pay She cannot deduct the cost of her round-trip train ticket to Michigan. Mypay military pay She can deduct one-fourth of the meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging costs for the time she attended the university. Mypay military pay Example 3. Mypay military pay Dave works in Nashville and recently traveled to California to take a 2-week seminar. Mypay military pay The seminar is qualifying work-related education. Mypay military pay While there, he spent an extra 8 weeks on personal activities. Mypay military pay The facts, including the extra 8-week stay, show that his main purpose was to take a vacation. Mypay military pay Dave cannot deduct his round-trip airfare or his meals and lodging for the 8 weeks. Mypay military pay He can deduct only his expenses for meals (subject to the 50% limit) and lodging for the 2 weeks he attended the seminar. Mypay military pay Cruises and conventions. Mypay military pay   Certain cruises and conventions offer seminars or courses as part of their itinerary. Mypay military pay Even if the seminars or courses are work-related, your deduction for travel may be limited. Mypay military pay This applies to: Travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation, and Conventions outside the North American area. Mypay military pay   For a discussion of the limits on travel expense deductions that apply to cruises and conventions, see Luxury Water Travel and Conventions in chapter 1 of Publication 463. Mypay military pay 50% limit on meals. Mypay military pay   You can deduct only 50% of the cost of your meals while traveling away from home to obtain qualifying work-related education. Mypay military pay You cannot have been reimbursed for the meals. Mypay military pay   Employees must use Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ to apply the 50% limit. Mypay military pay Travel as Education You cannot deduct the cost of travel as a form of education even if it is directly related to your duties in your work or business. Mypay military pay Example. Mypay military pay You are a French language teacher. Mypay military pay While on sabbatical leave granted for travel, you traveled through France to improve your knowledge of the French language. Mypay military pay You chose your itinerary and most of your activities to improve your French language skills. Mypay military pay You cannot deduct your travel expenses as education expenses. Mypay military pay This is true even if you spent most of your time learning French by visiting French schools and families, attending movies or plays, and engaging in similar activities. Mypay military pay No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do either of the following. Mypay military pay Deduct work-related education expenses as business expenses if you benefit from these expenses under any other provision of the law, for example, the tuition and fees deduction (see chapter 35). Mypay military pay Deduct work-related education expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Mypay military pay See Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses , next. Mypay military pay Adjustments to Qualifying Work-Related Education Expenses If you pay qualifying work-related education expenses with certain tax-free funds, you cannot claim a deduction for those amounts. Mypay military pay You must reduce the qualifying expenses by the amount of such expenses allocable to the tax-free educational assistance. Mypay military pay For more information, see chapter 12 of Publication 970. Mypay military pay Tax-free educational assistance includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of Pell grants (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11 of Publication 970), Veterans' educational assistance (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received for education assistance. Mypay military pay Amounts that do not reduce qualifying work-related education expenses. Mypay military pay   Do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Mypay military pay   Also, do not reduce the qualifying work-related education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's return or any scholarship which, by its terms, cannot be applied to qualifying work-related education expenses. Mypay military pay Reimbursements How you treat reimbursements depends on the arrangement you have with your employer. Mypay military pay There are two basic types of reimbursement arrangements—accountable plans and nonaccountable plans. Mypay military pay You can tell the type of plan you are reimbursed under by the way the reimbursement is reported on your Form W-2. Mypay military pay For information on how to treat reimbursements under both accountable and nonaccountable plans, see Reimbursements in chapter 26. Mypay military pay Deducting Business Expenses Self-employed persons and employees report business expenses differently. Mypay military pay The following information explains what forms you must use to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense. Mypay military pay Self-Employed Persons If you are self-employed, report the cost of your qualifying work-related education on the appropriate form used to report your business income and expenses (generally Schedule C, C-EZ, or F). Mypay military pay If your educational expenses include expenses for a car or truck, travel, or meals, report those expenses the same way you report other business expenses for those items. Mypay military pay See the instructions for the form you file for information on how to complete it. Mypay military pay Employees If you are an employee, you can deduct the cost of qualifying work-related education only if you: Did not receive (and were not entitled to receive) any reimbursement from your employer, Were reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (amount is included in box 1 of Form W-2), or Received reimbursement under an accountable plan, but the amount received was less than your expenses for which you claimed reimbursement. Mypay military pay If either (1) or (2) applies, you can deduct the total qualifying cost. Mypay military pay If (3) applies, you can deduct only the qualifying costs that were more than your reimbursement. Mypay military pay In order to deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as a business expense, include the amount with your deduction for any other employee business expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Mypay military pay (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Mypay military pay ) This deduction (except for impairment-related work expenses of disabled individuals) is subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Mypay military pay See chapter 28. Mypay military pay Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Mypay military pay   To figure your deduction for employee business expenses, including qualifying work-related education, you generally must complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Mypay military pay Form not required. Mypay military pay   Do not complete either Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ if: If amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2, are not considered reimbursements, and You are not claiming travel, transportation, meal, or entertainment expenses. Mypay military pay   If you meet both of these requirements, enter the expenses directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Mypay military pay (Special rules for expenses of certain performing artists and fee-basis officials and for impairment-related work expenses are explained later. Mypay military pay ) Using Form 2106-EZ. Mypay military pay   This form is shorter and easier to use than Form 2106. Mypay military pay Generally, you can use this form if: All reimbursements, if any, are included in box 1 of your Form W-2, and You are using the standard mileage rate if you are claiming vehicle expenses. Mypay military pay   If you do not meet both of these requirements, use Form 2106. Mypay military pay Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials If you are a qualified performing artist, or a state (or local) government official who is paid in whole or in part on a fee basis, you can deduct the cost of your qualifying work-related education as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction. Mypay military pay Include the cost of your qualifying work-related education with any other employee business expenses on Form 1040, line 24. Mypay military pay You do not have to itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), and, therefore, the deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Mypay military pay You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to figure your deduction, even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Mypay military pay For more information on qualified performing artists, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Mypay military pay Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled and have impairment-related work expenses that are necessary for you to be able to get qualifying work-related education, you can deduct these expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28. Mypay military pay They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Mypay military pay To deduct these expenses, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ even if you meet the requirements described earlier under Form not required . Mypay military pay For more information on impairment-related work expenses, see chapter 6 of Publication 463. Mypay military pay Recordkeeping You must keep records as proof of any deduction claimed on your tax return. Mypay military pay Generally, you should keep your records for 3 years from the date of filing the tax return and claiming the deduction. Mypay military pay For specific information about keeping records of business expenses, see Recordkeeping in chapter 26. 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