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State tax forms online Publication 939 - Main Content Table of Contents General Information Taxation of Periodic PaymentsInvestment in the Contract Expected Return Computation Under the General Rule How To Use Actuarial TablesUnisex Annuity Tables Special Elections Worksheets for Determining Taxable Annuity Actuarial Tables Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics General Information Some of the terms used in this publication are defined in the following paragraphs. State tax forms online A pension is generally a series of payments made to you after you retire from work. State tax forms online Pension payments are made regularly and are for past services with an employer. State tax forms online An annuity is a series of payments under a contract. State tax forms online You can buy the contract alone or you can buy it with the help of your employer. State tax forms online Annuity payments are made regularly for more than one full year. State tax forms online Note. State tax forms online Distributions from pensions and annuities follow the same rules as outlined in this publication unless otherwise noted. State tax forms online Types of pensions and annuities. State tax forms online   Particular types of pensions and annuities include: Fixed period annuities. State tax forms online You receive definite amounts at regular intervals for a definite length of time. State tax forms online Annuities for a single life. State tax forms online You receive definite amounts at regular intervals for life. State tax forms online The payments end at death. State tax forms online Joint and survivor annuities. State tax forms online The first annuitant receives a definite amount at regular intervals for life. State tax forms online After he or she dies, a second annuitant receives a definite amount at regular intervals for life. State tax forms online The amount paid to the second annuitant may or may not differ from the amount paid to the first annuitant. State tax forms online Variable annuities. State tax forms online You receive payments that may vary in amount for a definite length of time or for life. State tax forms online The amounts you receive may depend upon such variables as profits earned by the pension or annuity funds or cost-of-living indexes. State tax forms online Disability pensions. State tax forms online You are under minimum retirement age and receive payments because you retired on disability. State tax forms online If, at the time of your retirement, you were permanently and totally disabled, you may be eligible for the credit for the elderly or the disabled discussed in Publication 524. State tax forms online If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, the General Rule cannot be used for the following qualified plans. State tax forms online A qualified employee plan is an employer's stock bonus, pension, or profit-sharing plan that is for the exclusive benefit of employees or their beneficiaries. State tax forms online This plan must meet Internal Revenue Code requirements. State tax forms online It qualifies for special tax benefits, including tax deferral for employer contributions and rollover distributions. State tax forms online However, you must use the General Rule if you were 75 or over and the annuity payments are guaranteed for more than 5 years. State tax forms online A qualified employee annuity is a retirement annuity purchased by an employer for an employee under a plan that meets Internal Revenue Code requirements. State tax forms online A tax-sheltered annuity is a special annuity plan or contract purchased for an employee of a public school or tax-exempt organization. State tax forms online   The General Rule is used to figure the tax treatment of various types of pensions and annuities, including nonqualified employee plans. State tax forms online A nonqualified employee plan is an employer's plan that does not meet Internal Revenue Code requirements. State tax forms online It does not qualify for most of the tax benefits of a qualified plan. State tax forms online Annuity worksheets. State tax forms online   The worksheets found near the end of the text of this publication may be useful to you in figuring the taxable part of your annuity. State tax forms online Request for a ruling. State tax forms online   If you are unable to determine the income tax treatment of your pension or annuity, you may ask the Internal Revenue Service to figure the taxable part of your annuity payments. State tax forms online This is treated as a request for a ruling. State tax forms online See Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. State tax forms online Withholding tax and estimated tax. State tax forms online   Your pension or annuity is subject to federal income tax withholding unless you choose not to have tax withheld. State tax forms online If you choose not to have tax withheld from your pension or annuity, or if you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to make estimated tax payments. State tax forms online Taxation of Periodic Payments This section explains how the periodic payments you receive under a pension or annuity plan are taxed under the General Rule. State tax forms online Periodic payments are amounts paid at regular intervals (such as weekly, monthly, or yearly) for a period of time greater than one year (such as for 15 years or for life). State tax forms online These payments are also known as amounts received as an annuity. State tax forms online If you receive an amount from your plan that is a nonperiodic payment (amount not received as an annuity), see Taxation of Nonperiodic Payments in Publication 575. State tax forms online In general, you can recover your net cost of the pension or annuity tax free over the period you are to receive the payments. State tax forms online The amount of each payment that is more than the part that represents your net cost is taxable. State tax forms online Under the General Rule, the part of each annuity payment that represents your net cost is in the same proportion that your investment in the contract is to your expected return. State tax forms online These terms are explained in the following discussions. State tax forms online Investment in the Contract In figuring how much of your pension or annuity is taxable under the General Rule, you must figure your investment in the contract. State tax forms online First, find your net cost of the contract as of the annuity starting date (defined later). State tax forms online To find this amount, you must first figure the total premiums, contributions, or other amounts paid. State tax forms online This includes the amounts your employer contributed if you were required to include these amounts in income. State tax forms online It also includes amounts you actually contributed (except amounts for health and accident benefits and deductible voluntary employee contributions). State tax forms online From this total cost you subtract: Any refunded premiums, rebates, dividends, or unrepaid loans (any of which were not included in your income) that you received by the later of the annuity starting date or the date on which you received your first payment. State tax forms online Any additional premiums paid for double indemnity or disability benefits. State tax forms online Any other tax-free amounts you received under the contract or plan before the later of the dates in (1). State tax forms online The annuity starting date   is the later of the first day of the first period for which you receive payment under the contract or the date on which the obligation under the contract becomes fixed. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online On January 1 you completed all your payments required under an annuity contract providing for monthly payments starting on August 1, for the period beginning July 1. State tax forms online The annuity starting date is July 1. State tax forms online This is the date you use in figuring your investment in the contract and your expected return (discussed later). State tax forms online Adjustments If any of the following items apply, adjust (add or subtract) your total cost to find your net cost. State tax forms online Foreign employment. State tax forms online   If you worked abroad, your cost may include contributions by your employer to the retirement plan, but only if those contributions would be excludible from your gross income had they been paid directly to you as compensation. State tax forms online The contributions that apply are: Contributions before 1963 by your employer, Contributions after 1962 by your employer if the contributions would be excludible from your gross income (without regard to the foreign earned income exclusion) had they been paid directly to you, or Contributions after 1996 by your employer on your behalf if you performed the services of a foreign missionary (a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church or a lay person) if the contributions would be excludible from your gross income had they been paid directly to you. State tax forms online Foreign employment contributions while a nonresident alien. State tax forms online   In determining your cost, special rules apply if you are a U. State tax forms online S. State tax forms online citizen or resident alien who received distributions from a plan to which contributions were made while you were a nonresident alien. State tax forms online Your contributions and your employer's contributions are not included in your cost if the contributions: Were made based on compensation which was for services performed outside the United States which you were a nonresident alien, and Were not subject to income tax under the laws of the United States or any foreign country, but only if the contribution would have been subject to income tax if they had been paid as cash compensation when the services were performed. State tax forms online Death benefit exclusion. State tax forms online   If you are the beneficiary of a deceased employee (or former employee), who died before August 21, 1996, you may qualify for a death benefit exclusion of up to $5,000. State tax forms online The beneficiary of a deceased employee who died after August 20, 1996, will not qualify for the death benefit exclusion. State tax forms online How to adjust your total cost. State tax forms online   If you are eligible, treat the amount of any allowable death benefit exclusion as additional cost paid by the employee. State tax forms online Add it to the cost or unrecovered cost of the annuity at the annuity starting date. State tax forms online See Example 3 under Computation Under General Rule for an illustration of the adjustment to the cost of the contract. State tax forms online Net cost. State tax forms online   Your total cost plus certain adjustments and minus other amounts already recovered before the annuity starting date is your net cost. State tax forms online This is the unrecovered investment in the contract as of the annuity starting date. State tax forms online If your annuity starting date is after 1986, this is the maximum amount that you may recover tax free under the contract. State tax forms online Refund feature. State tax forms online   Adjustment for the value of the refund feature is only applicable when you report your pension or annuity under the General Rule. State tax forms online Your annuity contract has a refund feature if: The expected return ( discussed later) of an annuity depends entirely or partly on the life of one or more individuals, The contract provides that payments will be made to a beneficiary or the estate of an annuitant on or after the death of the annuitant if a stated amount or a stated number of payments has not been paid to the annuitant or annuitants before death, and The payments are a refund of the amount you paid for the annuity contract. State tax forms online   If your annuity has a refund feature, you must reduce your net cost of the contract by the value of the refund feature (figured using Table III or VII at the end of this publication, also see How To Use Actuarial Tables , later) to find the investment in the contract. State tax forms online Zero value of refund feature. State tax forms online   For a joint and survivor annuity, the value of the refund feature is zero if: Both annuitants are age 74 or younger, The payments are guaranteed for less than 2½ years, and The survivor's annuity is at least 50% of the first annuitant's annuity. State tax forms online   For a single-life annuity without survivor benefit, the value of the refund feature is zero if: The payments are guaranteed for less than 2½ years, and The annuitant is: Age 57 or younger (if using the new (unisex) annuity tables), Age 42 or younger (if male and using the old annuity tables), or Age 47 or younger (if female and using the old annuity tables). State tax forms online   If you do not meet these requirements, you will have to figure the value of the refund feature, as explained in the following discussion. State tax forms online Examples. State tax forms online The first example shows how to figure the value of the refund feature when there is only one beneficiary. State tax forms online Example 2 shows how to figure the value of the refund feature when the contract provides, in addition to a whole life annuity, one or more temporary life annuities for the lives of children. State tax forms online In both examples, the taxpayer elects to use Tables V through VIII. State tax forms online If you need the value of the refund feature for a joint and survivor annuity, write to the Internal Revenue Service as explained under Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. State tax forms online Example 1. State tax forms online At age 65, Barbara bought for $21,053 an annuity with a refund feature. State tax forms online She will get $100 a month for life. State tax forms online Barbara's contract provides that if she does not live long enough to recover the full $21,053, similar payments will be made to her surviving beneficiary until a total of $21,053 has been paid under the contract. State tax forms online In this case, the contract cost and the total guaranteed return are the same ($21,053). State tax forms online Barbara's investment in the contract is figured as follows: Net cost $21,053 Amount to be received annually $1,200   Number of years for which payment is guaranteed ($21,053 divided by $1,200) 17. State tax forms online 54   Rounded to nearest whole number of years 18   Percentage from Actuarial Table VII for age 65 with 18 years of guaranteed payments 15%   Value of the refund feature (rounded to the nearest dollar)—15% of $21,053 3,158 Investment in the contract, adjusted for value of refund feature $17,895       If the total guaranteed return were less than the $21,053 net cost of the contract, Barbara would apply the appropriate percentage from the tables to the lesser amount. State tax forms online For example, if the contract guaranteed the $100 monthly payments for 17 years to Barbara's estate or beneficiary if she were to die before receiving all the payments for that period, the total guaranteed return would be $20,400 ($100 × 12 × 17 years). State tax forms online In this case, the value of the refund feature would be $2,856 (14% of $20,400) and Barbara's investment in the contract would be $18,197 ($21,053 minus $2,856) instead of $17,895. State tax forms online Example 2. State tax forms online John died while still employed. State tax forms online His widow, Eleanor, age 48, receives $171 a month for the rest of her life. State tax forms online John's son, Elmer, age 9, receives $50 a month until he reaches age 18. State tax forms online John's contributions to the retirement fund totaled $7,559. State tax forms online 45, with interest on those contributions of $1,602. State tax forms online 53. State tax forms online The guarantee or total refund feature of the contract is $9,161. State tax forms online 98 ($7,559. State tax forms online 45 plus $1,602. State tax forms online 53). State tax forms online The adjustment in the investment in the contract is figured as follows: A) Expected return:*       1) Widow's expected return:         Annual annuity ($171 × 12) $2,052       Multiplied by factor from Table V         (nearest age 48) 34. State tax forms online 9 $71,614. State tax forms online 80   2) Child's expected return:         Annual annuity ($50 × 12) $600       Multiplied by factor from         Table VIII (nearest age 9         for term of 9 years) 9. State tax forms online 0 5,400. State tax forms online 00   3) Total expected return   $77,014. State tax forms online 80 B) Adjustment for refund feature:       1) Contributions (net cost) $7,559. State tax forms online 45   2) Guaranteed amount (contributions of $7,559. State tax forms online 45 plus interest of $1,602. State tax forms online 53) $9,161. State tax forms online 98   3) Minus: Expected return under child's (temporary life) annuity (A(2)) 5,400. State tax forms online 00   4) Net guaranteed amount $3,761. State tax forms online 98   5) Multiple from Table VII (nearest age 48 for 2 years duration (recovery of $3,761. State tax forms online 98 at $171 a month to nearest whole year)) 0%   6) Adjustment required for value of refund feature rounded to the nearest whole dollar  (0% × $3,761. State tax forms online 98, the smaller of B(3) or B(6)) 0 *Expected return is the total amount you and other eligible annuitants can expect to receive under the contract. State tax forms online See the discussion of expected return, later in this publication. State tax forms online Free IRS help. State tax forms online   If you need to request assistance to figure the value of the refund feature, see Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. State tax forms online Expected Return Your expected return is the total amount you and other eligible annuitants can expect to receive under the contract. State tax forms online The following discussions explain how to figure the expected return with each type of annuity. State tax forms online A person's age, for purposes of figuring the expected return, is the age at the birthday nearest to the annuity starting date. State tax forms online Fixed period annuity. State tax forms online   If you will get annuity payments for a fixed number of years, without regard to your life expectancy, you must figure your expected return based on that fixed number of years. State tax forms online It is the total amount you will get beginning at the annuity starting date. State tax forms online You will receive specific periodic payments for a definite period of time, such as a fixed number of months (but not less than 13). State tax forms online To figure your expected return, multiply the fixed number of months for which payments are to be made by the amount of the payment specified for each period. State tax forms online Single life annuity. State tax forms online   If you are to get annuity payments for the rest of your life, find your expected return as follows. State tax forms online You must multiply the amount of the annual payment by a multiple based on your life expectancy as of the annuity starting date. State tax forms online These multiples are set out in actuarial Tables I and V near the end of this publication (see How To Use Actuarial Tables , later). State tax forms online   You may need to adjust these multiples if the payments are made quarterly, semiannually, or annually. State tax forms online See Adjustments to Tables I, II, V, VI, and VIA following Table I. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online Henry bought an annuity contract that will give him an annuity of $500 a month for his life. State tax forms online If at the annuity starting date Henry's nearest birthday is 66, the expected return is figured as follows: Annual payment ($500 × 12 months) $6,000 Multiple shown in Table V, age 66 × 19. State tax forms online 2 Expected return $115,200 If the payments were to be made to Henry quarterly and the first payment was made one full month after the annuity starting date, Henry would adjust the 19. State tax forms online 2 multiple by +. State tax forms online 1. State tax forms online His expected return would then be $115,800 ($6,000 × 19. State tax forms online 3). State tax forms online Annuity for shorter of life or specified period. State tax forms online   With this type of annuity, you are to get annuity payments either for the rest of your life or until the end of a specified period, whichever period is shorter. State tax forms online To figure your expected return, multiply the amount of your annual payment by a multiple in Table IV or VIII for temporary life annuities. State tax forms online Find the proper multiple based on your sex (if using Table IV), your age at the annuity starting date, and the nearest whole number of years in the specified period. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online Harriet purchased an annuity this year that will pay her $200 each month for five years or until she dies, whichever period is shorter. State tax forms online She was age 65 at her birthday nearest the annuity starting date. State tax forms online She figures the expected return as follows: Annual payment ($200 × 12 months) $2,400 Multiple shown in Table VIII, age 65, 5-year term × 4. State tax forms online 9 Expected return $11,760 She uses Table VIII (not Table IV) because all her contributions were made after June 30, 1986. State tax forms online See Special Elections, later. State tax forms online Joint and survivor annuities. State tax forms online   If you have an annuity that pays you a periodic income for life and after your death provides an identical lifetime periodic income to your spouse (or some other person), you figure the expected return based on your combined life expectancies. State tax forms online To figure the expected return, multiply the annual payment by a multiple in Table II or VI based on your joint life expectancies. State tax forms online If your payments are made quarterly, semiannually, or annually, you may need to adjust these multiples. State tax forms online See Adjustments to Tables I, II, V, VI, and VIA following Table I near the end of this publication. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online John bought a joint and survivor annuity providing payments of $500 a month for his life, and, after his death, $500 a month for the remainder of his wife's life. State tax forms online At John's annuity starting date, his age at his nearest birthday is 70 and his wife's at her nearest birthday is 67. State tax forms online The expected return is figured as follows: Annual payment ($500 × 12 months) $6,000 Multiple shown in Table VI, ages 67 and 70 × 22. State tax forms online 0 Expected return $132,000 Different payments to survivor. State tax forms online   If your contract provides that payments to a survivor annuitant will be different from the amount you receive, you must use a computation which accounts for both the joint lives of the annuitants and the life of the survivor. State tax forms online Example 1. State tax forms online Gerald bought a contract providing for payments to him of $500 a month for life and, after his death, payments to his wife, Mary, of $350 a month for life. State tax forms online If, at the annuity starting date, Gerald's nearest birthday is 70 and Mary's is 67, the expected return under the contract is figured as follows: Combined multiple for Gerald and Mary, ages 70 and 67 (from Table VI)   22. State tax forms online 0 Multiple for Gerald, age 70 (from Table V)   16. State tax forms online 0 Difference: Multiple applicable to Mary   6. State tax forms online 0 Gerald's annual payment ($500 × 12) $6,000   Gerald's multiple 16. State tax forms online 0   Gerald's expected return   $96,000 Mary's annual payment ($350 × 12) $4,200   Mary's multiple 6. State tax forms online 0   Mary's expected return   25,200 Total expected return under the contract   $121,200 Example 2. State tax forms online Your husband died while still employed. State tax forms online Under the terms of his employer's retirement plan, you are entitled to get an immediate annuity of $400 a month for the rest of your life or until you remarry. State tax forms online Your daughters, Marie and Jean, are each entitled to immediate temporary life annuities of $150 a month until they reach age 18. State tax forms online You were 50 years old at the annuity starting date. State tax forms online Marie was 16 and Jean was 14. State tax forms online Using the multiples shown in Tables V and VIII at the end of this publication, the total expected return on the annuity starting date is $169,680, figured as follows: Widow, age 50 (multiple from Table V—33. State tax forms online 1 × $4,800 annual payment) $158,880 Marie, age 16 for 2 years duration (multiple from Table VIII—2. State tax forms online 0 × $1,800 annual payment) 3,600 Jean, age 14 for 4 years duration (multiple from Table VIII—4. State tax forms online 0 × $1,800 annual payment) 7,200 Total expected return $169,680 No computation of expected return is made based on your husband's age at the date of death because he died before the annuity starting date. State tax forms online Computation Under the General Rule Note. State tax forms online Variable annuities use a different computation for determining the exclusion amounts. State tax forms online See Variable annuities later. State tax forms online Under the General Rule, you figure the taxable part of your annuity by using the following steps: Step 1. State tax forms online   Figure the amount of your investment in the contract, including any adjustments for the refund feature and the death benefit exclusion, if applicable. State tax forms online See Death benefit exclusion , earlier. State tax forms online Step 2. State tax forms online   Figure your expected return. State tax forms online Step 3. State tax forms online   Divide Step 1 by Step 2 and round to three decimal places. State tax forms online This will give you the exclusion percentage. State tax forms online Step 4. State tax forms online   Multiply the exclusion percentage by the first regular periodic payment. State tax forms online The result is the tax-free part of each pension or annuity payment. State tax forms online   The tax-free part remains the same even if the total payment increases due to variation in the annuity amount such as cost of living increases, or you outlive the life expectancy factor used. State tax forms online However, if your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that is tax free over the years cannot exceed your net cost. State tax forms online   Each annuitant applies the same exclusion percentage to his or her initial payment called for in the contract. State tax forms online Step 5. State tax forms online   Multiply the tax-free part of each payment (step 4) by the number of payments received during the year. State tax forms online This will give you the tax-free part of the total payment for the year. State tax forms online    In the first year of your annuity, your first payment or part of your first payment may be for a fraction of the payment period. State tax forms online This fractional amount is multiplied by your exclusion percentage to get the tax-free part. State tax forms online Step 6. State tax forms online   Subtract the tax-free part from the total payment you received. State tax forms online The rest is the taxable part of your pension or annuity. State tax forms online Example 1. State tax forms online You purchased an annuity with an investment in the contract of $10,800. State tax forms online Under its terms, the annuity will pay you $100 a month for life. State tax forms online The multiple for your age (age 65) is 20. State tax forms online 0 as shown in Table V. State tax forms online Your expected return is $24,000 (20 × 12 × $100). State tax forms online Your cost of $10,800, divided by your expected return of $24,000, equals 45. State tax forms online 0%. State tax forms online This is the percentage you will not have to include in income. State tax forms online Each year, until your net cost is recovered, $540 (45% of $1,200) will be tax free and you will include $660 ($1,200 − $540) in your income. State tax forms online If you had received only six payments of $100 ($600) during the year, your exclusion would have been $270 (45% of $100 × 6 payments). State tax forms online Example 2. State tax forms online Gerald bought a joint and survivor annuity. State tax forms online Gerald's investment in the contract is $62,712 and the expected return is $121,200. State tax forms online The exclusion percentage is 51. State tax forms online 7% ($62,712 ÷ $121,200). State tax forms online Gerald will receive $500 a month ($6,000 a year). State tax forms online Each year, until his net cost is recovered, $3,102 (51. State tax forms online 7% of his total payments received of $6,000) will be tax free and $2,898 ($6,000 − $3,102) will be included in his income. State tax forms online If Gerald dies, his wife will receive $350 a month ($4,200 a year). State tax forms online If Gerald had not recovered all of his net cost before his death, his wife will use the same exclusion percentage (51. State tax forms online 7%). State tax forms online Each year, until the entire net cost is recovered, his wife will receive $2,171. State tax forms online 40 (51. State tax forms online 7% of her payments received of $4,200) tax free. State tax forms online She will include $2,028. State tax forms online 60 ($4,200 − $2,171. State tax forms online 40) in her income tax return. State tax forms online Example 3. State tax forms online Using the same facts as Example 2 under Different payments to survivor, you are to receive an annual annuity of $4,800 until you die or remarry. State tax forms online Your two daughters each receive annual annuities of $1,800 until they reach age 18. State tax forms online Your husband contributed $25,576 to the plan. State tax forms online You are eligible for the $5,000 death benefit exclusion because your husband died before August 21, 1996. State tax forms online Adjusted Investment in the Contract Contributions $25,576 Plus: Death benefit exclusion 5,000 Adjusted investment in the contract $30,576 The total expected return, as previously figured (in Example 2 under Different payments to survivor), is $169,680. State tax forms online The exclusion percentage of 18. State tax forms online 0% ($30,576 ÷ $169,680) applies to the annuity payments you and each of your daughters receive. State tax forms online Each full year $864 (18. State tax forms online 0% × $4,800) will be tax free to you, and you must include $3,936 in your income tax return. State tax forms online Each year, until age 18, $324 (18. State tax forms online 0% × $1,800) of each of your daughters' payments will be tax free and each must include the balance, $1,476, as income on her own income tax return. State tax forms online Part-year payments. State tax forms online   If you receive payments for only part of a year, apply the exclusion percentage to the first regular periodic payment, and multiply the result by the number of payments received during the year. State tax forms online   If you receive amounts during the year that represent 12 payments, one for each month in that year, and an amount that represents payments for months in a prior year, apply the exclusion percentage to the first regular periodic payment, and multiply the result by the number of payments the amounts received represent. State tax forms online For instance, if you received amounts during the year that represent the 12 payments for that year plus an amount that represents three payments for a prior year, multiply that amount by the 15 (12 + 3) payments received that the year. State tax forms online   If you received a fractional payment, follow Step 5, discussed earlier. State tax forms online This gives you the tax-free part of your total payment. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online On September 28, Mary bought an annuity contract for $22,050 that will give her $125 a month for life, beginning October 30. State tax forms online The applicable multiple from Table V is 23. State tax forms online 3 (age 61). State tax forms online Her expected return is $34,950 ($125 × 12 × 23. State tax forms online 3). State tax forms online Mary's investment in the contract of $22,050, divided by her expected return of $34,950, equals 63. State tax forms online 1%. State tax forms online Each payment received will consist of 63. State tax forms online 1% return of cost and 36. State tax forms online 9% taxable income, until her net cost of the contract is fully recovered. State tax forms online During the first year, Mary received three payments of $125, or $375, of which $236. State tax forms online 63 (63. State tax forms online 1% × $375) is a return of cost. State tax forms online The remaining $138. State tax forms online 37 is included in income. State tax forms online Increase in annuity payments. State tax forms online   The tax-free amount remains the same as the amount figured at the annuity starting date, even if the payment increases. State tax forms online All increases in the installment payments are fully taxable. State tax forms online   However, if your annuity payments are scheduled to increase at a definite date in the future you must figure the expected return for that annuity using the method described in section 1. State tax forms online 72-5(a)(5) of the regulations. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online Joe's wife died while she was still employed and, as her beneficiary, he began receiving an annuity of $147 per month. State tax forms online In figuring the taxable part, Joe elects to use Tables V through VIII. State tax forms online The cost of the contract was $7,938, consisting of the sum of his wife's net contributions, adjusted for any refund feature. State tax forms online His expected return as of the annuity starting date is $35,280 (age 65, multiple of 20. State tax forms online 0 × $1,764 annual payment). State tax forms online The exclusion percentage is $7,938 ÷ $35,280, or 22. State tax forms online 5%. State tax forms online During the year he received 11 monthly payments of $147, or $1,617. State tax forms online Of this amount, 22. State tax forms online 5% × $147 × 11 ($363. State tax forms online 83) is tax free as a return of cost and the balance of $1,253. State tax forms online 17 is taxable. State tax forms online Later, because of a cost-of-living increase, his annuity payment was increased to $166 per month, or $1,992 a year (12 × $166). State tax forms online The tax-free part is still only 22. State tax forms online 5% of the annuity payments as of the annuity starting date (22. State tax forms online 5% × $147 × 12 = $396. State tax forms online 90 for a full year). State tax forms online The increase of $228 ($1,992 − $1,764 (12 × $147)) is fully taxable. State tax forms online Variable annuities. State tax forms online   For variable annuity payments, figure the amount of each payment that is tax free by dividing your investment in the contract (adjusted for any refund feature) by the total number of periodic payments you expect to get under the contract. State tax forms online   If the annuity is for a definite period, you determine the total number of payments by multiplying the number of payments to be made each year by the number of years you will receive payments. State tax forms online If the annuity is for life, you determine the total number of payments by using a multiple from the appropriate actuarial table. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online Frank purchased a variable annuity at age 65. State tax forms online The total cost of the contract was $12,000. State tax forms online The annuity starting date is January 1 of the year of purchase. State tax forms online His annuity will be paid, starting July 1, in variable annual installments for his life. State tax forms online The tax-free amount of each payment, until he has recovered his cost of his contract, is: Investment in the contract $12,000 Number of expected annual payments (multiple for age 65 from Table V) 20 Tax-free amount of each payment ($12,000 ÷ 20) $600 If Frank's first payment is $920, he includes only $320 ($920 − $600) in his gross income. State tax forms online   If the tax-free amount for a year is more than the payments you receive in that year, you may choose, when you receive the next payment, to refigure the tax-free part. State tax forms online Divide the amount of the periodic tax-free part that is more than the payment you received by the remaining number of payments you expect. State tax forms online The result is added to the previously figured periodic tax-free part. State tax forms online The sum is the amount of each future payment that will be tax free. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online Using the facts of the previous example about Frank, assume that after Frank's $920 payment, he received $500 in the following year, and $1,200 in the year after that. State tax forms online Frank does not pay tax on the $500 (second year) payment because $600 of each annual pension payment is tax free. State tax forms online Since the $500 payment is less than the $600 annual tax-free amount, he may choose to refigure his tax-free part when he receives his $1,200 (third year) payment, as follows: Amount tax free in second year $600. State tax forms online 00 Amount received in second year 500. State tax forms online 00 Difference $100. State tax forms online 00 Number of remaining payments after the first 2 payments (age 67, from Table V) 18. State tax forms online 4 Amount to be added to previously determined annual tax-free part ($100 ÷ 18. State tax forms online 4) $5. State tax forms online 43 Revised annual tax-free part for third and later years ($600 + $5. State tax forms online 43) $605. State tax forms online 43 Amount taxable in third year ($1,200 − $605. State tax forms online 43) $594. State tax forms online 57 If you choose to refigure your tax-free amount,   you must file a statement with your income tax return stating that you are refiguring the tax-free amount in accordance with the rules of section 1. State tax forms online 72–4(d)(3) of the Income Tax Regulations. State tax forms online The statement must also show the following information: The annuity starting date and your age on that date. State tax forms online The first day of the first period for which you received an annuity payment in the current year. State tax forms online Your investment in the contract as originally figured. State tax forms online The total of all amounts received tax free under the annuity from the annuity starting date through the first day of the first period for which you received an annuity payment in the current tax year. State tax forms online Exclusion Limits Your annuity starting date determines the total amount of annuity income that you can exclude from income over the years. State tax forms online Exclusion limited to net cost. State tax forms online   If your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that you can exclude over the years as a return of your cost cannot exceed your net cost (figured without any reduction for a refund feature). State tax forms online This is the unrecovered investment in the contract as of the annuity starting date. State tax forms online   If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, any unrecovered net cost at your (or last annuitant's) death is allowed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on the final return of the decedent. State tax forms online This deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. State tax forms online Example 1. State tax forms online Your annuity starting date is after 1986. State tax forms online Your total cost is $12,500, and your net cost is $10,000, taking into account certain adjustments. State tax forms online There is no refund feature. State tax forms online Your monthly annuity payment is $833. State tax forms online 33. State tax forms online Your exclusion ratio is 12% and you exclude $100 a month. State tax forms online Your exclusion ends after 100 months, when you have excluded your net cost of $10,000. State tax forms online Thereafter, your annuity payments are fully taxable. State tax forms online Example 2. State tax forms online The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that there is a refund feature, and you die after 5 years with no surviving annuitant. State tax forms online The adjustment for the refund feature is $1,000, so the investment in the contract is $9,000. State tax forms online The exclusion ratio is 10. State tax forms online 8%, and your monthly exclusion is $90. State tax forms online After 5 years (60 months), you have recovered tax free only $5,400 ($90 x 60). State tax forms online An itemized deduction for the unrecovered net cost of $4,600 ($10,000 net cost minus $5,400) may be taken on your final income tax return. State tax forms online Your unrecovered investment is determined without regard to the refund feature adjustment, discussed earlier, under Adjustments. State tax forms online Exclusion not limited to net cost. State tax forms online   If your annuity starting date was before 1987, you could continue to take your monthly exclusion for as long as you receive your annuity. State tax forms online If you choose a joint and survivor annuity, your survivor continues to take the survivor's exclusion figured as of the annuity starting date. State tax forms online The total exclusion may be more than your investment in the contract. State tax forms online How To Use Actuarial Tables In figuring, under the General Rule, the taxable part of your annuity payments that you are to get for the rest of your life (rather than for a fixed number of years), you must use one or more of the actuarial tables in this publication. State tax forms online Unisex Annuity Tables Effective July 1, 1986, the Internal Revenue Service adopted new annuity Tables V through VIII, in which your sex is not considered when determining the applicable factor. State tax forms online These tables correspond to the old Tables I through IV. State tax forms online In general, Tables V through VIII must be used if you made contributions to the retirement plan after June 30, 1986. State tax forms online If you made no contributions to the plan after June 30, 1986, generally you must use only Tables I through IV. State tax forms online However, if you received an annuity payment after June 30, 1986, you may elect to use Tables V through VIII (see Annuity received after June 30, 1986, later). State tax forms online Special Elections Although you generally must use Tables V through VIII if you made contributions to the retirement plan after June 30, 1986, and Tables I through IV if you made no contributions after June 30, 1986, you can make the following special elections to select which tables to use. State tax forms online Contributions made both before July 1986 and after June 1986. State tax forms online   If you made contributions to the retirement plan both before July 1986 and after June 1986, you may elect to use Tables I through IV for the pre-July 1986 cost of the contract, and Tables V through VIII for the post-June 1986 cost. State tax forms online (See the examples below. State tax forms online )    Making the election. State tax forms online Attach this statement to your income tax return for the first year in which you receive an annuity:    “I elect to apply the provisions of paragraph (d) of section 1. State tax forms online 72–6 of the Income Tax Regulations. State tax forms online ”   The statement must also include your name, address, social security number, and the amount of the pre-July 1986 investment in the contract. State tax forms online   If your investment in the contract includes post-June 1986 contributions to the plan, and you do not make the election to use Tables I through IV and Tables V through VIII, then you can only use Tables V through VIII in figuring the taxable part of your annuity. State tax forms online You must also use Tables V through VIII if you are unable or do not wish to determine the portions of your contributions which were made before July 1, 1986, and after June 30, 1986. State tax forms online    Advantages of election. State tax forms online In general, a lesser amount of each annual annuity payment is taxable if you separately figure your exclusion ratio for pre-July 1986 and post-June 1986 contributions. State tax forms online    If you intend to make this election, save your records that substantiate your pre-July 1986 and post-June 1986 contributions. State tax forms online If the death benefit exclusion applies (see discussion, earlier), you do not have to apportion it between the pre-July 1986 and the post-June 1986 investment in the contract. State tax forms online   The following examples illustrate the separate computations required if you elect to use Tables I through IV for your pre-July 1986 investment in the contract and Tables V through VIII for your post-June 1986 investment in the contract. State tax forms online Example 1. State tax forms online Bill, who is single, contributed $42,000 to the retirement plan and will receive an annual annuity of $24,000 for life. State tax forms online Payment of the $42,000 contribution is guaranteed under a refund feature. State tax forms online Bill is 55 years old as of the annuity starting date. State tax forms online For figuring the taxable part of Bill's annuity, he chose to make separate computations for his pre-July 1986 investment in the contract of $41,300, and for his post-June 1986 investment in the contract of $700. State tax forms online       Pre- July 1986   Post- June 1986 A. State tax forms online Adjustment for refund feature         1) Net cost $41,300   $700   2) Annual annuity—$24,000  ($41,300/$42,000 × $24,000) $23,600       ($700/$42,000 × $24,000)     $400   3) Guarantee under contract $41,300   $700   4) No. State tax forms online of years payments  guaranteed (rounded), A(3) ÷ A(2) 2   2   5) Applicable percentage from  Tables III and VII 1%   0%   6) Adjustment for value of refund  feature, A(5) × smaller of A(1)  or A(3) $413   $0 B. State tax forms online Investment in the contract         1) Net cost $41,300   $700   2) Minus: Amount in A(6) 413   0   3) Investment in the contract $40,887   $700 C. State tax forms online Expected return         1) Annual annuity receivable $24,000   $24,000   2) Multiples from Tables I and V 21. State tax forms online 7   28. State tax forms online 6   3) Expected return, C(1) × C(2) $520,800   $686,400 D. State tax forms online Tax-free part of annuity         1) Exclusion ratio as decimal,  B(3) ÷ C(3) . State tax forms online 079   . State tax forms online 001   2) Tax-free part, C(1) × D(1) $1,896   $24 The tax-free part of Bill's total annuity is $1,920 ($1,896 plus $24). State tax forms online The taxable part of his annuity is $22,080 ($24,000 minus $1,920). State tax forms online If the annuity starting date is after 1986, the exclusion over the years cannot exceed the net cost (figured without any reduction for a refund feature). State tax forms online Example 2. State tax forms online Al is age 62 at his nearest birthday to the annuity starting date. State tax forms online Al's wife is age 60 at her nearest birthday to the annuity starting date. State tax forms online The joint and survivor annuity pays $1,000 per month to Al for life, and $500 per month to Al's surviving wife after his death. State tax forms online The pre-July 1986 investment in the contract is $53,100 and the post-June 1986 investment in the contract is $7,000. State tax forms online Al makes the election described in Example 1 . State tax forms online For purposes of this example, assume the refund feature adjustment is zero. State tax forms online If an adjustment is required, IRS will figure the amount. State tax forms online See Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. State tax forms online       Pre-  July 1986   Post-  June 1986 A. State tax forms online Adjustment for refund feature         1) Net cost $53,100   $7,000   2) Annual annuity—$12,000  ($53,100/$60,100 × $12,000) $10,602       ($7,000/$60,100 × $12,000)     $1,398   3) Guaranteed under the contract $53,100   $7,000   4) Number of years guaranteed,  rounded, A(3) ÷ A(2) 5   5   5) Applicable percentages 0%   0%   6) Refund feature adjustment, A(5) × smaller of A(1) or A(3) 0   0 B. State tax forms online Investment in the contract         1) Net cost $53,100   $7,000   2) Refund feature adjustment 0   0   3) Investment in the contract adjusted for refund feature $53,100   $7,000 C. State tax forms online Expected return         1) Multiple for both annuitants from Tables II and VI 25. State tax forms online 4   28. State tax forms online 8   2) Multiple for first annuitant from Tables I and V 16. State tax forms online 9   22. State tax forms online 5   3) Multiple applicable to surviving annuitant, subtract C(2) from C(1) 8. State tax forms online 5   6. State tax forms online 3   4) Annual annuity to surviving annuitant $6,000   $6,000   5) Portion of expected return for surviving annuitant, C(4) × C(3) $51,000   $37,800   6) Annual annuity to first annuitant $12,000   $12,000   7) Plus: Portion of expected return for first annuitant, C(6) × C(2) $202,800   $270,000   8) Expected return for both annuitants, C(5) + C(7) $253,800   $307,800 D. State tax forms online Tax-free part of annuity         1) Exclusion ratio as a decimal, B(3) ÷ C(8) . State tax forms online 209   . State tax forms online 023   2) Retiree's tax-free part of annuity, C(6) × D(1) $2,508   $276   3) Survivor's tax-free part of annuity, C(4) × D(1) $1,254   $138 The tax-free part of Al's total annuity is $2,784 ($2,508 + $276). State tax forms online The taxable part of his annuity is $9,216 ($12,000 − $2,784). State tax forms online The exclusion over the years cannot exceed the net cost of the contract (figured without any reduction for a refund feature) if the annuity starting date is after 1986. State tax forms online After Al's death, his widow will apply the same exclusion percentages (20. State tax forms online 9% and 2. State tax forms online 3%) to her annual annuity of $6,000 to figure the tax-free part of her annuity. State tax forms online Annuity received after June 30, 1986. State tax forms online   If you receive an annuity payment after June 30, 1986, (regardless of your annuity starting date), you may elect to treat the entire cost of the contract as post-June 1986 cost (even if you made no post-June 1986 contributions to the plan) and use Tables V through VIII. State tax forms online Once made, you cannot revoke the election, which will apply to all payments during the year and in any later year. State tax forms online    Make the election by attaching the following statement to your income tax return. State tax forms online    “I elect, under section 1. State tax forms online 72–9 of the Income Tax Regulations, to treat my entire cost of the contract as a post-June 1986 cost of the plan. State tax forms online ”   The statement must also include your name, address, and social security number. State tax forms online   You should also indicate you are making this election if you are unable or do not wish to determine the parts of your contributions which were made before July 1, 1986, and after June 30, 1986. State tax forms online Disqualifying form of payment or settlement. State tax forms online   If your annuity starting date is after June 30, 1986, and the contract provides for a disqualifying form of payment or settlement, such as an option to receive a lump sum in full discharge of the obligation under the contract, the entire investment in the contract is treated as post-June 1986 investment in the contract. State tax forms online See regulations section 1. State tax forms online 72–6(d)(3) for additional examples of disqualifying forms of payment or settlement. State tax forms online You can find the Income Tax Regulations in many libraries and at Internal Revenue Service Offices. State tax forms online Worksheets for Determining Taxable Annuity Worksheets I and II. State tax forms online   Worksheets I and II follow for determining your taxable annuity under Regulations Section 1. State tax forms online 72–6(d)(6) Election. State tax forms online Worksheet I For Determining Taxable Annuity Under Regulations Section 1. State tax forms online 72-6(d)(6) Election For Single Annuitant With No Survivor Annuity               Pre-July 1986   Post-June 1986 A. State tax forms online   Refund Feature Adjustment             1)   Net cost (total cost less returned premiums, dividends, etc. State tax forms online )             2)   Annual annuity allocation:                   Portion of net cost in A(1) x annual annuity                   Net cost             3)   Guaranteed under the contract             4)   Number of years guaranteed, rounded to whole years:                   A(3) divided by A(2)             5)   Applicable percentages* from Tables III and VII                   *If your annuity meets the three conditions listed in Zero value of refund feature in Investment in the Contract, earlier, both percentages are 0. State tax forms online If not, the IRS will calculate the refund feature percentage. State tax forms online             6)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(5) times lesser of A(1) or A(3)                             B. State tax forms online   Investment in the Contract             1)   Net cost:                   A(1)             2)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(6)             3)   Investment in the contract adjusted for refund feature:                   B(1) minus B(2)                             C. State tax forms online   Expected Return             1)   Annual Annuity:                   12 times monthly annuity**             2)   Expected return multiples from Tables I and V             3)     Expected return:                   C(1) times C(2)                             D. State tax forms online   Tax-Free Part of Annuity             1)     Exclusion ratio, as a decimal rounded to 3 places:                   B(3) divided by C(3)             2)     Tax-free part of annuity:                   C(1) times D(1)             **If the annuity is not paid monthly, figure the amount to enter by using the total number of periodic payments for the year times the amount of the periodic payment. State tax forms online     Worksheet II For Determining Taxable Annuity Under Regulations Section 1. State tax forms online 72-6(d)(6) Election For Joint and Survivor Annuity               Pre-July 1986   Post-June 1986 A. State tax forms online   Refund Feature Adjustment             1)   Net cost (total cost less returned premiums, dividends, etc. State tax forms online )             2)   Annual annuity allocation:                   Portion of net cost in A(1) x annual annuity                   Net cost             3)   Guaranteed under the contract             4)     Number of years guaranteed, rounded to whole years:                   A(3) divided by A(2)             5)   Applicable percentages*                   *If your annuity meets the three conditions listed in Zero value of refund feature in Investment in the Contract, earlier, both percentages are 0. State tax forms online If not, the IRS will calculate the refund feature percentage. State tax forms online             6)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(5) times lesser of A(1) or A(3)                             B. State tax forms online   Investment in the Contract             1)   Net cost:                   A(1)             2)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(6)             3)   Investment in the contract adjusted for refund future:                   B(1) minus B(2)                             C. State tax forms online   Expected Return             1)   Multiples for both annuitants, Tables II and VI             2)   Multiple for retiree. State tax forms online Tables I and VI             3)   Multiple for survivor:                   C(1) minus C(2)             4)   Annual annuity to survivor:                   12 times potential monthly rate for survivor**             5)   Expected return for survivor:                   C(3) times C(4)             6)   Annual annuity to retiree:                   12 times monthly rate for retiree**             7)   Expected return for retiree:                   C(2) times C(6)             8)   Total expected return:                   C(5) plus C(7)                             D. 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State tax forms online Actuarial tables Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity If you are a retiree, or the survivor of an employee or retiree, you may ask the Internal Revenue Service to help you determine the taxation of your annuity. State tax forms online If you make this request, you are asking for a ruling. State tax forms online User fee. State tax forms online   Under the law in effect at the time this publication went to print, the IRS must charge a user fee for all ruling requests. State tax forms online You should call the IRS for the proper fee. State tax forms online A request solely for the value of the refund feature is not treated as a ruling request and requires no fee. State tax forms online Send your request to:     Internal Revenue Service  Attention: EP Letter Rulings P. State tax forms online O. State tax forms online Box 27063 McPherson Station Washington, DC 20038 The user fee is allowed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. State tax forms online When to make the request. State tax forms online   Please note that requests sent between February 1 and April 15 may experience some delay. State tax forms online We process requests in the order received, and we will reply to your request as soon as we can process it. State tax forms online If you do not receive your ruling by the required filing date, you may use Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. State tax forms online S. State tax forms online Individual Income Tax Return, to get an extension of time to file. State tax forms online Information you must furnish. State tax forms online   You must furnish the information listed below so the IRS can comply with your request. 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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Find a VITA or TCE Site Near You

VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.

At select tax sites, taxpayers also have an option to prepare their own basic federal and state tax return for free using Web-based tax preparation software with an IRS-certified volunteer to help guide you through the process. This option is only available at locations that list “Self-Prep” in the site listing.

Please note that when using the locator tool, you will exit IRS.gov and open Google Maps if you need directions to a specific location.

Find an AARP TCE Tax-Aide Site Near You

A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide program. To locate the nearest AARP TCE Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.

Before going to a VITA or TCE site, check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you. 

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State tax forms online Publication 926 - Main Content Table of Contents Do You Have a Household Employee? Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes?Social Security and Medicare Taxes Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? What Do You Need To Know About the Earned Income Credit? How Do You Make Tax Payments? What Forms Must You File?Employee who leaves during the year. State tax forms online Filing options when no return is required. State tax forms online What Records Must You Keep? Can You Claim a Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses? How Can You Correct Schedule H?Adjust the overpayment. State tax forms online Claim for refund process. State tax forms online How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Do You Have a Household Employee? You have a household employee if you hired someone to do household work and that worker is your employee. State tax forms online The worker is your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but how it is done. State tax forms online If the worker is your employee, it does not matter whether the work is full time or part time or that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. State tax forms online It also does not matter whether you pay the worker on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, or by the job. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online You pay Betty Shore to babysit your child and do light housework 4 days a week in your home. State tax forms online Betty follows your specific instructions about household and child care duties. State tax forms online You provide the household equipment and supplies that Betty needs to do her work. State tax forms online Betty is your household employee. State tax forms online Household work. State tax forms online   Household work is work done in or around your home. State tax forms online Some examples of workers who do household work are: Babysitters, Caretakers, House cleaning workers, Domestic workers, Drivers, Health aides, Housekeepers, Maids, Nannies, Private nurses, and Yard workers. State tax forms online Workers who are not your employees. State tax forms online   If only the worker can control how the work is done, the worker is not your employee but is self-employed. State tax forms online A self-employed worker usually provides his or her own tools and offers services to the general public in an independent business. State tax forms online   A worker who performs child care services for you in his or her home generally is not your employee. State tax forms online   If an agency provides the worker and controls what work is done and how it is done, the worker is not your employee. State tax forms online Example. State tax forms online You made an agreement with John Peters to care for your lawn. State tax forms online John runs a lawn care business and offers his services to the general public. State tax forms online He provides his own tools and supplies, and he hires and pays any helpers he needs. State tax forms online Neither John nor his helpers are your household employees. State tax forms online More information. State tax forms online   More information about who is an employee is in Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. State tax forms online Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States? It is unlawful for you knowingly to hire or continue to employ an alien who cannot legally work in the United States. State tax forms online When you hire a household employee to work for you on a regular basis, you and the employee must complete the U. State tax forms online S. State tax forms online Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. State tax forms online No later than the first day of work, the employee must complete the employee section of the form by providing certain required information and attesting to his or her current work eligibility status in the United States. State tax forms online You must complete the employer section by examining documents presented by the employee as evidence of his or her identity and employment eligibility. State tax forms online Acceptable documents to establish identity and employment eligibility are listed on Form I-9. State tax forms online You should keep the completed Form I-9 in your own records. State tax forms online Do not submit it to the IRS, the USCIS, or any other government or other entity. State tax forms online The form must be kept available for review upon notice by an authorized U. State tax forms online S. State tax forms online Government official. State tax forms online Two copies of Form I-9 are contained in the Handbook for Employers (Form M-274) published by the USCIS. State tax forms online Call the USCIS at 1-800-870-3676 to order the Handbook for Employers; or you may download the handbook at www. State tax forms online uscis. State tax forms online gov. State tax forms online If you have questions about the employment eligibility verification process or other immigration-related employment matters, contact the USCIS Office of Business Liaison at 1-800-357-2099. State tax forms online You also can visit the USCIS website at www. State tax forms online uscis. State tax forms online gov to get Form I-9. State tax forms online For more information, see Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. State tax forms online Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? If you have a household employee, you may need to withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, pay federal unemployment tax, or both. State tax forms online To find out, read Table 1. State tax forms online You do not need to withhold federal income tax from your household employee's wages. State tax forms online But if your employee asks you to withhold it, you can. State tax forms online See Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax, later. State tax forms online If you need to pay social security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax or choose to withhold federal income tax, read Table 2 for an overview of what you may need to do. State tax forms online If you do not need to pay social security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax and do not choose to withhold federal income tax, read State employment taxes, next. State tax forms online The rest of this publication does not apply to you. State tax forms online State employment taxes. State tax forms online   You should contact your state unemployment tax agency to find out whether you need to pay state unemployment tax for your household employee. State tax forms online For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. State tax forms online S. State tax forms online Department of Labor's website at www. State tax forms online workforcesecurity. State tax forms online doleta. State tax forms online gov/unemploy/agencies. State tax forms online asp. State tax forms online You should also determine if you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. State tax forms online    Table 1. State tax forms online Do You Need To Pay Employment Taxes? IF you . State tax forms online . State tax forms online . State tax forms online THEN you need to . State tax forms online . State tax forms online . State tax forms online A– Pay cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014 to any one household employee. 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State tax forms online All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. State tax forms online Note. State tax forms online If neither A nor B above applies, you do not need to pay any federal employment taxes. State tax forms online But you may still need to pay state employment taxes. State tax forms online Table 2. State tax forms online Household Employer's Checklist You may need to do the following things when you have a household employee. State tax forms online   When you hire a household employee: □ Find out if the person can legally work in the United States. State tax forms online  □ Find out if you need to pay state taxes. State tax forms online When you pay your household employee: □ Withhold social security and Medicare taxes. State tax forms online  □ Withhold federal income tax. State tax forms online  □ Decide how you will make tax payments. 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State tax forms online Both you and your household employee may owe social security and Medicare taxes. State tax forms online Your share is 7. State tax forms online 65% (6. State tax forms online 2% for social security tax and 1. State tax forms online 45% for Medicare tax) of the employee's social security and Medicare wages. State tax forms online Your employee's share is also 7. State tax forms online 65% (6. State tax forms online 2% for social security tax and 1. State tax forms online 45% for Medicare tax). State tax forms online In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1. State tax forms online 45%, you must withhold a 0. State tax forms online 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. State tax forms online You are required to begin withholding Additional Medicare Tax in the pay period in which you pay wages in excess of $200,000 to an employee and continue to withhold it each pay period until the end of the calendar year. State tax forms online Additional Medicare Tax is only imposed on the employee. State tax forms online There is no employer share of Additional Medicare Tax. State tax forms online All wages that are subject to Medicare tax are subject to Additional Medicare Tax withholding if paid in excess of the $200,000 withholding threshold. State tax forms online For more information on Additional Medicare Tax, visit IRS. State tax forms online gov and enter “Additional Medicare Tax” in the search box. State tax forms online Generally, you can use Table 3 to figure the amount of social security and Medicare taxes to withhold from each wage payment. State tax forms online You are responsible for payment of your employee's share of the taxes as well as your own. State tax forms online You can either withhold your employee's share from the employee's wages or pay it from your own funds. State tax forms online If you decide to pay the employee's share from your own funds, see Not withholding the employee's share, later. State tax forms online Pay the taxes as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. State tax forms online Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. State tax forms online Social security and Medicare wages. State tax forms online   You figure social security and Medicare taxes on the social security and Medicare wages you pay your employee. State tax forms online   If you pay your household employee cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014, all cash wages you pay to that employee in 2014 (regardless of when the wages were earned) up to $117,000 are social security wages and all cash wages are Medicare wages. 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State tax forms online For more information about these payments, see the Instructions for Schedule H (Form 1040) and the notice issued by the state. State tax forms online Wages not counted. State tax forms online   Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as social security or Medicare wages, even if these wages are $1,900 or more during the year. State tax forms online Your spouse. State tax forms online Your child who is under the age of 21. State tax forms online Your parent. State tax forms online Exception: Count these wages if both the following conditions apply. State tax forms online Your parent cares for your child who is either of the following. State tax forms online Under the age of 18, or Has a physical or mental condition that requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed. State tax forms online Your marital status is one of the following. 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State tax forms online Like most employers, you may owe both the federal unemployment tax (the FUTA tax) and a state unemployment tax. State tax forms online Or, you may owe only the FUTA tax or only the state unemployment tax. State tax forms online To find out whether you will owe state unemployment tax, contact your state's unemployment tax agency. State tax forms online For a list of state unemployment tax agencies, visit the U. State tax forms online S. State tax forms online Department of Labor's website at www. State tax forms online workforcesecurity. State tax forms online doleta. State tax forms online gov/unemploy/agencies. State tax forms online asp. State tax forms online You should also find out if you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance. State tax forms online The FUTA tax is 6. State tax forms online 0% of your employee's FUTA wages. State tax forms online However, you may be able to take a credit of up to 5. State tax forms online 4% against the FUTA tax, resulting in a net tax rate of 0. State tax forms online 6%. State tax forms online Your credit for 2014 is limited unless you pay all the required contributions for 2014 to your state unemployment fund by April 15, 2015. State tax forms online The credit you can take for any contributions for 2014 that you pay after April 15, 2015, is limited to 90% of the credit that would have been allowable if the contributions were paid by April 15, 2015. State tax forms online (If you did not pay all the required contributions for 2013 by April 15, 2014, see Credit for 2013, later. State tax forms online ) Note. State tax forms online   If a due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, payments are considered timely if made by the next business day. State tax forms online The term “legal holiday” means any legal holiday in the District of Columbia. State tax forms online Pay the tax as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments, later. State tax forms online Also, see What Forms Must You File, later. State tax forms online Note. State tax forms online   The 5. State tax forms online 4% credit is reduced for wages paid in a credit reduction state. State tax forms online See the Instructions for Schedule H (Form 1040). State tax forms online Do not withhold the FUTA tax from your employee's wages. State tax forms online You must pay it from your own funds. State tax forms online FUTA wages. State tax forms online   Figure the FUTA tax on the FUTA wages you pay. State tax forms online If you pay cash wages to all of your household employees totaling $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2013 or 2014, the first $7,000 of cash wages you pay to each household employee in 2014 is FUTA wages. State tax forms online (A calendar quarter is January through March, April through June, July through September, or October through December. State tax forms online ) If your employee's cash wages reach $7,000 during the year, do not figure the FUTA tax on any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year. State tax forms online For an explanation of cash wages, see the discussion on Social security and Medicare wages under Social Security and Medicare Taxes, earlier. State tax forms online Wages not counted. State tax forms online   Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as FUTA wages. State tax forms online Your spouse. State tax forms online Your child who is under the age of 21. State tax forms online Your parent. State tax forms online Credit for 2013. State tax forms online   The credit you can take for any state unemployment fund contributions for 2013 that you pay after April 15, 2014, is limited to 90% of the credit that would have been allowable if the contributions were paid on or before April 15, 2014. State tax forms online Use Worksheet A to figure the credit for late contributions if you paid any state contributions after the due date for filing  Form 1040. State tax forms online Worksheet A. State tax forms online Worksheet for Credit for Late Contributions 1. State tax forms online Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 22   2. State tax forms online Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 19   3. State tax forms online Subtract line 2 from line 1. State tax forms online If zero or less, enter -0-   4. State tax forms online Enter total contributions paid to the state(s) after the Form 1040 due date   5. State tax forms online Enter the smaller of line 3 or line 4   6. State tax forms online Multiply line 5 by . State tax forms online 90 (90%)   7. State tax forms online Add lines 2 and 6   8. State tax forms online Enter the smaller of the amount on line 1 or line 7 here and on Schedule H, line 23   Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax? 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State tax forms online Figure federal income tax withholding on wages before you deduct any amounts for other withheld taxes. State tax forms online Withhold federal income tax from each payment of wages based on the filing status and exemptions shown on your employee's Form W-4. State tax forms online Publication 15 (Circular E) contains detailed instructions. State tax forms online Wages. State tax forms online   Figure federal income tax withholding on both cash and noncash wages you pay. State tax forms online Measure wages you pay in any form other than cash by the fair market value of the noncash item. State tax forms online   Do not count as wages any of the following items. State tax forms online Meals provided to your employee at your home for your convenience. State tax forms online Lodging provided to your employee at your home for your convenience and as a condition of employment. State tax forms online Up to $130 per month for 2014 for transit passes you give your employee (or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays for transit passes used to commute to your home if you qualify for this exclusion). State tax forms online A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride on mass transit, such as a bus or train. State tax forms online See Publication 15-B for special requirements for this exclusion. State tax forms online Up to $250 per month for 2014 for the value of parking you provide your employee or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays and substantiates for parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home. State tax forms online   See Publication 15 (Circular E) for more information on cash and noncash wages. State tax forms online Paying tax without withholding. 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State tax forms online If you give your employee that copy by February 2, 2015 (as discussed under Form W-2 under What Forms Must You File, later), you do not have to give the employee any other notice about the EIC. State tax forms online   If you do not give your employee Copy B of the Form W-2, your notice about the EIC can be any of the following items. State tax forms online A substitute Form W-2 with the same EIC information on the back of the employee's copy that is on Copy B of the Form W-2. State tax forms online Notice 797, Possible Federal Tax Refund Due to the Earned Income Credit (EIC). State tax forms online Your own written statement with the same wording as in Notice 797. State tax forms online If a substitute Form W-2 is given on time but does not have the required EIC information, you must notify the employee within one week of the date the substitute Form W-2 is given. State tax forms online If Form W-2 is required but is not given on time, you must give the employee Notice 797 or your written statement about the 2014 EIC by February 2, 2015. State tax forms online If Form W-2 is not required, you must notify the employee by February 7, 2015. State tax forms online   You must give your household employee a notice about the EIC if you agree to withhold federal income tax from the employee's wages (as discussed earlier under Do You Need To Withhold Federal Income Tax?) and the income tax withholding tables show that no tax should be withheld. State tax forms online Even if not required, you are encouraged to give the employee a notice about the EIC if his or her 2014 wages are less than $46,997 ($52,427 if married filing jointly). State tax forms online How Do You Make Tax Payments? When you file your 2014 federal income tax return in 2015, attach Schedule H (Form 1040) to your Form 1040, 1040NR, 1040-SS, or 1041. 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State tax forms online Increase your payments if you already make estimated tax payments. State tax forms online You may be subject to the estimated tax underpayment penalty if you did not pay enough income and household employment taxes during the year. State tax forms online (See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for information about the underpayment penalty. State tax forms online ) However, you will not be subject to the penalty if both of the following situations apply to you. State tax forms online You will not have federal income tax withheld from wages, pensions, or any other payments you receive. State tax forms online Your income taxes, excluding your household employment taxes, would not be enough to require payment of estimated taxes. State tax forms online Asking for more federal income tax withholding. State tax forms online   If you are employed and want more federal income tax withheld from your wages to cover your household employment taxes, give your employer a new Form W-4. State tax forms online Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each paycheck on line 6. State tax forms online   If you receive a pension or annuity and want more federal income tax withheld to cover household employment taxes, give the payer a new Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or a similar form provided by the payer). State tax forms online Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each benefit payment on line 3. State tax forms online   See Publication 505 to make sure you will have the right amount withheld. 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State tax forms online ) Instead, include the social security, Medicare, and withheld federal income taxes for the employee on the Form 941 or Form 944 you file for your business or on the Form 943 you file for your farm. State tax forms online Include the FUTA tax for the employee on your Form 940. State tax forms online   If you report the employment taxes for your household employee on Form 941, Form 944, or Form 943, file Form W-2 for that employee with the Forms W-2 and Form W-3 for your business or farm employees. State tax forms online   For information on filing Form 941 or Form 944, see Publication 15 (Circular E). State tax forms online For information on filing Form 943, see Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. State tax forms online Both of these publications also provide information about filing Form 940. State tax forms online What Records Must You Keep? 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State tax forms online   You must keep a record of your employee's name and social security number exactly as they appear on his or her social security card if you pay the employee either of the following. State tax forms online Social security and Medicare wages of $1,900 or more. State tax forms online Wages from which you withhold federal income tax. State tax forms online You must ask for your employee's social security number no later than the first day on which you pay the wages. State tax forms online You may wish to ask for it when you hire your employee. State tax forms online You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. State tax forms online The employee may show the card if it is available. State tax forms online You may, but are not required to, photocopy the card if the employee provides it. State tax forms online   An employee who does not have a social security number must apply for one on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. 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State tax forms online   If the corrected Schedule H is filed with a Form 1040X or an amended Form 1041, adjust your return by indicating on line 22 of the Form 1040X or on line 29a of the Form 1041 that you would like the overpayment applied to your estimated taxes on Form 1040, Form 1040NR, Form 1040-PR, Form 1040-SS, or Form 1041 for the year in which you are filing the corrected Schedule H. State tax forms online If the corrected Schedule H is filed as a stand-alone return, adjust your return by writing “ADJUSTED” (or “CORREGIDO”) in the top margin (in dark, bold letters). State tax forms online If you adjust your return, you will not receive interest on your overpayment. State tax forms online If the corrected Schedule H will be filed within 90 days of the expiration of the refund period of limitations, you may not adjust the return and must claim a refund for the overpayment. State tax forms online You may not adjust your return to correct overpayments of FUTA tax. State tax forms online Claim for refund process. State tax forms online   If the corrected Schedule H is filed with a Form 1040X or an amended Form 1041, claim a refund by indicating that you would like the overpayment refunded to you on line 21 of the Form 1040X or line 29b of the Form 1041. State tax forms online If the corrected Schedule H is filed as a stand-alone return, claim a refund by writing “REFUND” (or “REEMBOLSO”) in the top margin (in dark, bold letters). State tax forms online You will receive interest on any overpayment refunded, unless the overpayment is for FUTA tax because you were entitled to increased credits for state contributions. State tax forms online Required repayment or consent. State tax forms online   If you previously overreported social security and Medicare taxes, you may adjust your overpayment only after you have repaid or reimbursed your employees in the amount of the overcollection of employee tax. State tax forms online You reimburse your employees by applying the overwithheld amount against taxes to be withheld on future wages. State tax forms online You may claim a refund for the overpayment only after you have repaid or reimbursed your employees in the amount of the overcollection or you have obtained consents from your employees to file the claim for refund for the employee tax. State tax forms online Include a statement that you repaid or reimbursed your employees, or obtained their written consents in the case of a claim for refund, in Part III of Form 1040X or in a statement attached to the amended Form 1041 or the stand-alone corrected Schedule H. State tax forms online Filing required Forms W-2 or Forms W-2c. State tax forms online   Whether you previously underreported tax or overreported tax, you will generally be required to file Form W-2, or their territorial equivalents (if none was previously filed), or Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, to reflect the changes reported on your corrected Schedule H. State tax forms online Additional Medicare Tax. State tax forms online   Generally, you may not correct an error in Additional Medicare Tax withholding for wages paid to employees in a prior year unless it is an administrative error. State tax forms online An administrative error occurs if the amount you entered on Schedule H is not the amount you actually withheld. State tax forms online For example, if the Additional Medicare Tax actually withheld was incorrectly reported on Schedule H due to a mathematical or transposition error, this would be an administrative error. 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