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Revise tax return Publication 915 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Revise tax return Tax questions. Revise tax return Useful Items - You may want to see: Reminders Future developments. Revise tax return  The IRS has created a page on IRS. Revise tax return gov for information about Publication 915, at www. Revise tax return irs. Revise tax return gov/pub915. Revise tax return Information about any future developments affecting Publication 915 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. Revise tax return Photographs of missing children. Revise tax return  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Revise tax return Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Revise tax return You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Revise tax return Introduction This publication explains the federal income tax rules for social security benefits and equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Revise tax return It is prepared through the joint efforts of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the U. Revise tax return S. Revise tax return Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). Revise tax return Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. Revise tax return They do not include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Revise tax return Equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits are the part of tier 1 benefits that a railroad employee or beneficiary would have been entitled to receive under the social security system. Revise tax return They are commonly called the social security equivalent benefit (SSEB) portion of tier 1 benefits. Revise tax return If you received these benefits during 2013, you should have received a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, or Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board, showing the amount. Revise tax return (If you are a nonresident alien, you should have received Form SSA-1042S, Social Security Benefit Statement, or Form RRB-1042S, Statement for Nonresident Alien Recipients of: Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. Revise tax return ) Note. Revise tax return When the term “benefits” is used in this publication, it applies to both social security benefits and the SSEB portion of tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Revise tax return What is covered in this publication. Revise tax return   This publication covers the following topics: Whether any of your benefits are taxable, How much is taxable, How to report taxable benefits, How to treat lump-sum benefit payments, and Deductions related to your benefits, including a deduction or credit you can claim if your repayments are more than your gross benefits. Revise tax return The Appendix at the end of this publication explains items shown on your Form SSA-1099, SSA-1042S, RRB-1099, or RRB-1042S. Revise tax return What is not covered in this publication. Revise tax return   This publication does not cover the tax rules for the following railroad retirement benefits: Non-social security equivalent benefit (NSSEB) portion of tier 1 benefits, Tier 2 benefits, Vested dual benefits, and Supplemental annuity benefits. Revise tax return For information on these taxable pension benefits, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Revise tax return   This publication also does not cover the tax rules for foreign social security benefits. Revise tax return These benefits are taxable as annuities, unless they are exempt from U. Revise tax return S. Revise tax return tax or treated as a U. Revise tax return S. Revise tax return social security benefit under a tax treaty. Revise tax return Comments and suggestions. Revise tax return   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Revise tax return   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Revise tax return NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Revise tax return Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Revise tax return   You can send your comments from www. Revise tax return irs. 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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS. We help taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, such as not being able to provide necessities like housing, transportation, or food; taxpayers who are seeking help in resolving problems with the IRS; and those who believe an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. Here are ten things every taxpayer should know about TAS:

  1. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is your voice at the IRS.
  2. Our service is free and tailored to meet your needs.
  3. You may be eligible for our help if you have tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should.
  4. The worst thing you can do is nothing at all!
  5. We help taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty or significant cost, including the cost of professional representation. This includes businesses as well as individuals.
  6. If you qualify for our help, we’ll do everything we can to get your problem resolved. You will be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn.
  7. We have at least one local taxpayer advocate office in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book and in Publication 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service -- Your Voice at the IRS. You can also call our toll-free number at 1-877-777-4778.
  8. As a taxpayer, you have rights that the IRS must abide by in its dealings with you. Our tax toolkit at www.taxtoolkit.irs.gov can help you understand these rights.
  9. TAS also handles large-scale or systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System.
  10. You can get updates on hot tax topics by visiting our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/tasnta and our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/YourVoiceAtIRS, or by following our tweets at http://twitter.com/YourVoiceatIRS
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Revise tax return Publication 596 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What is the EIC? Can I Claim the EIC? Do I Need This Publication? Do I Have To Have A Child To Qualify For The EIC? How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? Is There Help Online? What's New for 2013 Reminders Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 596, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Revise tax return irs. Revise tax return gov/pub596. Revise tax return What is the EIC? The earned income credit (EIC) is a tax credit for certain people who work and have earned income under $51,567. Revise tax return A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket. Revise tax return It reduces the amount of tax you owe. Revise tax return The EIC may also give you a refund. Revise tax return Can I Claim the EIC? To claim the EIC, you must meet certain rules. Revise tax return These rules are summarized in Table 1. Revise tax return Table 1. Revise tax return Earned Income Credit in a Nutshell First, you must meet all the rules in this column. Revise tax return Second, you must meet all the rules in one of these columns, whichever applies. Revise tax return Third, you must meet the rule in this column. Revise tax return Chapter 1. Revise tax return  Rules for Everyone Chapter 2. Revise tax return  Rules If You Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 3. Revise tax return  Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 4. Revise tax return  Figuring and Claiming the EIC 1. Revise tax return Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:  • $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children,  • $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children,  • $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or   • $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. Revise tax return 2. Revise tax return You must have a valid social security number. Revise tax return   3. Revise tax return Your filing status cannot be Married filing separately. Revise tax return   4. Revise tax return You must be a U. Revise tax return S. Revise tax return citizen or resident alien all year. Revise tax return   5. Revise tax return You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Revise tax return   6. Revise tax return Your investment income must be $3,300 or less. Revise tax return    7. Revise tax return You must have earned income. Revise tax return 8. Revise tax return Your child must meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests. Revise tax return   9. Revise tax return Your qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EIC. Revise tax return   10. Revise tax return You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Revise tax return 11. Revise tax return You must be at least age 25 but under age 65. Revise tax return    12. Revise tax return You cannot be the dependent of another person. Revise tax return   13. Revise tax return You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Revise tax return   14. Revise tax return You must have lived in the United States more than half of the year. Revise tax return 15. Revise tax return Your earned income must be less than:  • $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children,  • $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children,  • $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or  • $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. Revise tax return Do I Need This Publication? Certain people who file Form 1040 must use Worksheet 1 in this publication, instead of Step 2 in their Form 1040 instructions, when they are checking whether they can take the EIC. Revise tax return You are one of those people if any of the following statements are true for 2013. Revise tax return You are filing Schedule E (Form 1040). Revise tax return You are reporting income from the rental of personal property not used in a trade or business. Revise tax return You are reporting income on Form 1040, line 21, from Form 8814 (relating to election to report child's interest and dividends). Revise tax return You are reporting an amount on Form 1040, line 13, that includes an amount from Form 4797. Revise tax return If none of the statements above apply to you, your tax form instructions have all the information you need to find out if you can claim the EIC and to figure the amount of your EIC. Revise tax return You do not need this publication. Revise tax return But you can read it to find out whether you can take the EIC and to learn more about the EIC. Revise tax return Do I Have To Have A Child To Qualify For The EIC? No, you can qualify for the EIC without a qualifying child if you are at least age 25 but under age 65 and your earned income is less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly). Revise tax return See chapter 3. Revise tax return How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? If you can claim the EIC, you can either have the IRS figure the amount of your credit, or you can figure it yourself. Revise tax return To figure it yourself, you can complete a worksheet in the instructions for the form you file. Revise tax return To find out how to have the IRS figure it for you, see chapter 4. Revise tax return How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? You can use the index to look up specific information. Revise tax return In most cases, index entries will point you to headings, tables, or a worksheet. Revise tax return Is There Help Online? Yes. Revise tax return You can use the EITC Assistant at www. Revise tax return irs. Revise tax return gov/eitc to find out if you may be eligible for the credit. Revise tax return The EITC Assistant is available in English and Spanish. Revise tax return What's New for 2013 Earned income amount is more. Revise tax return The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. Revise tax return You may be able to take the credit if: You have three or more qualifying children and you earned less than $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), You have two qualifying children and you earned less than $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), You have one qualifying child and you earned less than $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), or You do not have a qualifying child and you earned less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly). Revise tax return Your adjusted gross income also must be less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. Revise tax return For details, see Rules 1 and 15. Revise tax return Investment income amount is more. Revise tax return The maximum amount of investment income you can have and still get the credit has increased to $3,300. Revise tax return See Rule 6—Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less . Revise tax return Reminders Increased EIC on certain joint returns. Revise tax return . Revise tax return  A married person filing a joint return may get more EIC than someone with the same income but a different filing status. Revise tax return As a result, the EIC table has different columns for married persons filing jointly than for everyone else. Revise tax return When you look up your EIC in the EIC Table, be sure to use the correct column for your filing status and the number of children you have. Revise tax return Earned income credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. Revise tax return  Any refund you receive because of the EIC cannot be counted as income when determining whether you or anyone else is eligible for benefits or assistance, or how much you or anyone else can receive, under any federal program or under any state or local program financed in whole or in part with federal funds. Revise tax return These programs include the following. Revise tax return Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Revise tax return Medicaid. Revise tax return Supplemental security income (SSI). Revise tax return Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Revise tax return Low-income housing. Revise tax return In addition, when determining eligibility, the refund cannot be counted as a resource for at least 12 months after you receive it. Revise tax return Check with your local benefit coordinator to find out if your refund will affect your benefits. Revise tax return Do not overlook your state credit. Revise tax return  If you can claim the EIC on your federal income tax return, you may be able to take a similar credit on your state or local income tax return. Revise tax return For a list of states that offer a state EIC, go to www. Revise tax return irs. Revise tax return gov/eitc. Revise tax return EIC questioned by IRS. Revise tax return  The IRS may ask you to provide documents to prove you are entitled to claim the EIC. Revise tax return We will tell you what documents to send us. Revise tax return These may include: birth certificates, school records, etc. Revise tax return The process of establishing your eligibility will delay your refund. Revise tax return Spanish version of Publication 596. Revise tax return  You can order Publicación 596SP, Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo, from the IRS. Revise tax return It is a Spanish translation of Publication 596. Revise tax return See How To Get Tax Help to find out how to order this and other IRS forms and publications. Revise tax return Photographs of missing children. Revise tax return  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Revise tax return Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Revise tax return You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 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