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Tax software 2012 Publication 541 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Reminder IntroductionTax questions. Tax software 2012 Ordering forms and publications. Tax software 2012 Useful Items - You may want to see: Reminder Photographs of missing children. Tax software 2012  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tax software 2012 Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Tax software 2012 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. Tax software 2012 Introduction This publication provides supplemental federal income tax information for partnerships and partners. Tax software 2012 It supplements the information provided in the Instructions for Form 1065, U. Tax software 2012 S. Tax software 2012 Return of Partnership Income, and the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). Tax software 2012 Generally, a partnership does not pay tax on its income but “passes through” any profits or losses to its partners. Tax software 2012 Partners must include partnership items on their tax returns. Tax software 2012 For a discussion of business expenses a partnership can deduct, see Publication 535, Business Expenses. Tax software 2012 Members of oil and gas partnerships should read about the deduction for depletion in chapter 9 of that publication. Tax software 2012 Certain partnerships must have a tax matters partner (TMP) who is also a general partner. Tax software 2012 For information on the rules for designating a TMP, see Designation of Tax Matters Partner (TMP) in the Form 1065 instructions and section 301. Tax software 2012 6231(a)(7)-1 of the regulations. Tax software 2012 Many rules in this publication do not apply to partnerships that file Form 1065-B, U. Tax software 2012 S. Tax software 2012 Return of Income for Electing Large Partnerships. Tax software 2012 For the rules that apply to these partnerships, see the instructions for Form 1065-B. Tax software 2012 However, the partners of electing large partnerships can use the rules in this publication except as otherwise noted. Tax software 2012 Withholding on foreign partner or firm. Tax software 2012   If a partnership acquires a U. Tax software 2012 S. Tax software 2012 real property interest from a foreign person or firm, the partnership may have to withhold tax on the amount it pays for the property (including cash, the fair market value of other property, and any assumed liability). Tax software 2012 If a partnership has income effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States, it must withhold on the income allocable to its foreign partners. Tax software 2012 A partnership may have to withhold tax on a foreign partner's distributive share of fixed or determinable income not effectively connected with a U. Tax software 2012 S. Tax software 2012 trade or business. Tax software 2012 A partnership that fails to withhold may be held liable for the tax, applicable penalties, and interest. Tax software 2012   For more information, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities. Tax software 2012 Comments and suggestions. Tax software 2012   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Tax software 2012   You can write to: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications  SE:W:CAR:MP:TFP 1111 Constitution Ave. Tax software 2012 NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Tax software 2012 Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Tax software 2012    You can send us comments from www. Tax software 2012 irs. Tax software 2012 gov/formspubs. Tax software 2012 Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Tax software 2012 ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Tax software 2012 Tax questions. Tax software 2012   If you have a tax question, check the information available at IRS. Tax software 2012 gov or call 1-800-829-4933. Tax software 2012 We cannot answer tax questions at the address listed above. Tax software 2012 Ordering forms and publications. Tax software 2012    Visit www. Tax software 2012 irs. Tax software 2012 gov/formspubs to download forms and publications, call 1-800-829-3676, or write to one of the addresses shown under How To Get Tax Help in the back of this publication. 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Tax software 2012 4. Tax software 2012   Limit on Elective Deferrals Table of Contents Excess elective deferrals. Tax software 2012 General Limit 15-Year RuleYears of Service Figuring the Limit on Elective DeferralsExample The second and final component of MAC is the limit on elective deferrals. Tax software 2012 This is a limit on the amount of contributions that can be made to your account through a salary reduction agreement. Tax software 2012 A salary reduction agreement is an agreement between you and your employer that allows for a portion of your compensation to be directly invested in a 403(b) account on your behalf. Tax software 2012 You can enter into more than one salary reduction agreement during a year. Tax software 2012 More than one 403(b) account. Tax software 2012 If, for any year, elective deferrals are contributed to more than one 403(b) account for you (whether or not with the same employer), you must combine all the elective deferrals to determine whether the total is more than the limit for that year. Tax software 2012 403(b) plan and another retirement plan. Tax software 2012 If, during the year, contributions in the form of elective deferrals are made to other retirement plans on your behalf, you must combine all of the elective deferrals to determine if they are more than your limit on elective deferrals. Tax software 2012 The limit on elective deferrals applies to amounts contributed to: 401(k) plans, to the extent excluded from income, Roth contribution programs, Section 501(c)(18) plans, to the extent excluded from income, Savings incentive match plan for employees (SIMPLE plans), Simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, and All 403(b) plans. Tax software 2012 Roth contribution program. Tax software 2012   Your 403(b) plan may allow you to designate all or a portion of your elective deferrals as Roth contributions. Tax software 2012 Elective deferrals designated as Roth contributions must be maintained in a separate Roth account and are not excludable from your gross income. Tax software 2012   The maximum amount of contributions allowed under a Roth contribution program is your limit on elective deferrals, less your elective deferrals not designated as Roth contributions. Tax software 2012 For more information on the Roth contribution program, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Tax software 2012 Excess elective deferrals. Tax software 2012   If the amount contributed is more than the allowable limit, you must include the excess that is not a Roth contribution in your gross income for the year contributed. Tax software 2012 General Limit Under the general limit on elective deferrals, the most that can be contributed to your 403(b) account through a salary reduction agreement is $17,500 for 2013 and 2014. Tax software 2012 This limit applies without regard to community property laws. Tax software 2012 15-Year Rule If you have at least 15 years of service with an educational organization (such as a public or private school), hospital, home health service agency, health and welfare service agency, church, or convention or association of churches (or associated organization), the limit on elective deferrals to your 403(b) account is increased by the least of: $3,000, $15,000, reduced by the sum of: The additional pre-tax elective deferrals made in prior years because of this rule, plus The aggregate amount of designated Roth contributions permitted for prior years because of this rule, or $5,000 times the number of your years of service for the organization, minus the total elective deferrals made by your employer on your behalf for earlier years. Tax software 2012 If you qualify for the 15-year rule, your elective deferrals under this limit can be as high as $20,500 for 2013 and 2014. Tax software 2012 To determine whether you have 15 years of service with your employer, see Years of Service , next. Tax software 2012 Years of Service To determine if you are eligible for the increased limit on elective deferrals, you will first need to figure your years of service. Tax software 2012 How you figure your years of service depends on whether you were a full-time or a part-time employee, whether you worked for the full year or only part of the year, and whether you have worked for your employer for an entire year. Tax software 2012 You must figure years of service for each year during which you worked for the employer who is maintaining your 403(b) account. Tax software 2012 If more than one employer maintains a 403(b) account for you in the same year, you must figure years of service separately for each employer. Tax software 2012 Definition Your years of service are the total number of years you have worked as a full time employee for the employer maintaining your 403(b) account as of the end of the year. Tax software 2012 Figuring Your Years of Service Take the following rules into account when figuring your years of service. Tax software 2012 Status of employer. Tax software 2012   Your years of service include only periods during which your employer was a qualified employer. Tax software 2012 Your plan administrator can tell you whether or not your employer was qualified during all your periods of service. Tax software 2012 Service with one employer. Tax software 2012   Generally, you cannot count service for any employer other than the one who maintains your 403(b) account. Tax software 2012 Church employee. Tax software 2012   If you are a church employee, treat all of your years of service with related church organizations as years of service with the same employer. Tax software 2012 For more information about church employees, see chapter 5. Tax software 2012 Self-employed ministers. Tax software 2012   If you are a self-employed minister, your years of service include full and part years in which you have been treated as employed by a tax-exempt organization that is a qualified employer. Tax software 2012 Total years of service. Tax software 2012   When figuring prior years of service, figure each year individually and then add the individual years of service to determine your total years of service. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 The annual work period for full-time teachers employed by ABC Public Schools is September through December and February through May. Tax software 2012 Marsha began working with ABC schools in September 2009. Tax software 2012 She has always worked full-time for each annual work period. Tax software 2012 At the end of 2013, Marsha had 4. Tax software 2012 5 years of service with ABC Public Schools, as shown in Table 4-1. Tax software 2012 Table 4-1. Tax software 2012 Marsha's Years of Service Note. Tax software 2012 This table shows how Marsha figures her years of service, as explained in the previous example. Tax software 2012 Year Period Worked Portion of Work Period Years of Service 2009 Sept. Tax software 2012 –Dec. Tax software 2012 . Tax software 2012 5 year . Tax software 2012 5 year 2010 Feb. Tax software 2012 –May . Tax software 2012 5 year 1 year Sept. Tax software 2012 –Dec. Tax software 2012 . Tax software 2012 5 year 2011 Feb. Tax software 2012 –May . Tax software 2012 5 year 1 year Sept. Tax software 2012 –Dec. Tax software 2012 . Tax software 2012 5 year 2012 Feb. Tax software 2012 –May . Tax software 2012 5 year 1 year Sept. Tax software 2012 –Dec. Tax software 2012 . Tax software 2012 5 year 2013 Feb. Tax software 2012 –May . Tax software 2012 5 year 1 year Sept. Tax software 2012 –Dec. Tax software 2012 . Tax software 2012 5 year Total years of service 4. Tax software 2012 5 years Full-time or part-time. Tax software 2012   To figure your years of service, you must analyze each year individually and determine whether you worked full-time for the full year or something other than full-time. Tax software 2012 When determining whether you worked full-time or something other than full-time, use your employer's annual work period as the standard. Tax software 2012 Employer's annual work period. Tax software 2012   Your employer's annual work period is the usual amount of time an individual working full-time in a specific position is required to work. Tax software 2012 Generally, this period of time is expressed in days, weeks, months, or semesters, and can span 2 calendar years. Tax software 2012 Note. Tax software 2012 You cannot accumulate more than 1 year of service in a 12-month period. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 All full-time teachers at ABC Public Schools are required to work both the September through December semester and the February through May semester. Tax software 2012 Therefore, the annual work period for full-time teachers employed by ABC Public Schools is September through December and February through May. Tax software 2012 Teachers at ABC Public Schools who work both semesters in the same calendar year are considered working a full year of service in that calendar year. Tax software 2012 Full-Time Employee for the Full Year Count each full year during which you were employed full-time as 1 year of service. Tax software 2012 In determining whether you were employed full-time, compare the amount of work you were required to perform with the amount of work normally required of others who held the same position with the same employer and who generally received most of their pay from the position. Tax software 2012 How to compare. Tax software 2012   You can use any method that reasonably and accurately reflects the amount of work required. Tax software 2012 For example, if you are a teacher, you can use the number of hours of classroom instruction as a measure of the amount of work required. Tax software 2012   In determining whether positions with the same employer are the same, consider all of the facts and circumstances concerning the positions, including the work performed, the methods by which pay is determined, and the descriptions (or titles) of the positions. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 An assistant professor employed in the English department of a university will be considered a full-time employee if the amount of work that he or she is required to perform is the same as the amount of work normally required of assistant professors of English at that university who get most of their pay from that position. Tax software 2012   If no one else works for your employer in the same position, compare your work with the work normally required of others who held the same position with similar employers or similar positions with your employer. Tax software 2012 Full year of service. Tax software 2012   A full year of service for a particular position means the usual annual work period of anyone employed full-time in that general type of work at that place of employment. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 If a doctor works for a hospital 12 months of a year except for a 1-month vacation, the doctor will be considered as employed for a full year if the other doctors at that hospital also work 11 months of the year with a 1-month vacation. Tax software 2012 Similarly, if the usual annual work period at a university consists of the fall and spring semesters, an instructor at that university who teaches these semesters will be considered as working a full year. Tax software 2012 Other Than Full-Time for the Full Year If, during any year, you were employed full-time for only part of your employer's annual work period, part-time for the entire annual work period, or part-time for only part of the work period, your year of service for that year is a fraction of your employer's annual work period. Tax software 2012 Full-time for part of the year. Tax software 2012   If, during a year, you were employed full-time for only part of your employer's annual work period, figure the fraction for that year as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters you were a full-time employee. Tax software 2012 The denominator (bottom number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters considered the normal annual work period for the position. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 Jason was employed as a full-time instructor by a local college for the 4 months of the 2013 spring semester (February 2013 through May 2013). Tax software 2012 The annual work period for the college is 8 months (February through May and July through October). Tax software 2012 Given these facts, Jason was employed full-time for part of the annual work period and provided ½ of a year of service. Tax software 2012 Jason's years of service computation for 2013 is as follows: Number of months Jason worked = 4 = 1 Number of months in annual work period 8 2 Part-time for the full year. Tax software 2012   If, during a year, you were employed part-time for the employer's entire annual work period, you figure the fraction for that year as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of hours or days you worked. Tax software 2012 The denominator (bottom number) is the number of hours or days normally required of someone holding the same position who works full-time. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 Vance teaches one course at a local medical school. Tax software 2012 He teaches 3 hours per week for two semesters. Tax software 2012 Other faculty members at the same school teach 9 hours per week for two semesters. Tax software 2012 The annual work period of the medical school is two semesters. Tax software 2012 An instructor teaching 9 hours a week for two semesters is considered a full-time employee. Tax software 2012 Given these facts, Vance has worked part-time for a full annual work period. Tax software 2012 Vance has completed 1/3 of a year of service, figured as shown below. Tax software 2012 Number of hours per week Vance worked = 3 = 1 Number of hours per week considered full-time 9 3 Part-time for part of the year. Tax software 2012   If, during any year, you were employed part-time for only part of your employer's annual work period, you figure your fraction for that year by multiplying two fractions. Tax software 2012   Figure the first fraction as though you had worked full-time for part of the annual work period. Tax software 2012 The fraction is as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters you were a full-time employee. Tax software 2012 The denominator (bottom number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters considered the normal annual work period for the position. Tax software 2012   Figure the second fraction as though you had worked part-time for the entire annual work period. Tax software 2012 The fraction is as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of hours or days you worked. Tax software 2012 The denominator (bottom number) is the number of hours or days normally required of someone holding the same position who works full-time. Tax software 2012   Once you have figured these two fractions, multiply them together to determine the fraction representing your partial year of service for the year. Tax software 2012 Example. Tax software 2012 Maria, an attorney, teaches a course for one semester at a law school. Tax software 2012 She teaches 3 hours per week. Tax software 2012 The annual work period for teachers at the school is two semesters. Tax software 2012 All full-time instructors at the school are required to teach 12 hours per week. Tax software 2012 Based on these facts, Maria is employed part-time for part of the annual work period. Tax software 2012 Her year of service for this year is determined by multiplying two fractions. Tax software 2012 Her computation is as follows: Maria's first fraction Number of semesters Maria worked = 1 Number of semesters in annual work period 2 Maria's second fraction Number of hours Maria worked per week = 3 = 1 Number of hours per week considered full-time 12 4 Maria would multiply these fractions to obtain the fractional year of service: 1 x 1 = 1         2 4 8         Figuring the Limit on Elective Deferrals You can use Part II of Worksheet 1 in chapter 9 to figure the limit on elective deferrals. Tax software 2012 Example Floyd has figured his limit on annual additions. Tax software 2012 The only other component needed before he can determine his MAC for 2014 is his limit on elective deferrals. Tax software 2012 Figuring Floyd's limit on elective deferrals. Tax software 2012   Floyd has been employed with his current employer for less than 15 years. Tax software 2012 He is not eligible for the special 15-year increase. Tax software 2012 Therefore, his limit on elective deferrals for 2014 is $17,500 as shown in Table 4-2. Tax software 2012 Floyd's employer will not make any nonelective contributions to his 403(b) account and Floyd will not make any after-tax contributions. Tax software 2012 Additionally, Floyd's employer does not offer a Roth contribution program. Tax software 2012 Figuring Floyd's MAC Floyd has determined that his limit on annual additions for 2014 is $52,000 and his limit on elective deferrals is $17,500. Tax software 2012 Because elective deferrals are the only contributions made to Floyd's account, the maximum amount that can be contributed to a 403(b) account on Floyd's behalf in 2014 is $17,500, the lesser of both limits. Tax software 2012 Table 4-2. Tax software 2012 Worksheet 1. Tax software 2012 Maximum Amount Contributable (MAC) Note. Tax software 2012 Use this worksheet to figure your MAC. Tax software 2012 Part I. Tax software 2012 Limit on Annual Additions     1. Tax software 2012 Enter your includible compensation for your most recent year of service 1. Tax software 2012 $70,475 2. Tax software 2012 Maximum: For 2013 enter $51,000 For 2014 enter $52,000 2. Tax software 2012 52,000 3. Tax software 2012 Enter the lesser of line 1 or line 2. Tax software 2012 This is your limit on annual additions 3. Tax software 2012 52,000   Caution: If you had only nonelective contributions, skip Part II and enter the amount from line 3 on line 18. Tax software 2012     Part II. Tax software 2012 Limit on Elective Deferrals     4. Tax software 2012 Maximum contribution: For 2013, enter $17,500 For 2014, enter $17,500 4. Tax software 2012 17,500   Note. Tax software 2012 If you have at least 15 years of service with a qualifying organization, complete lines 5 through 17. Tax software 2012 If not, enter zero (-0-) on line 16 and go to line 17. Tax software 2012     5. Tax software 2012 Amount per year of service 5. Tax software 2012 5,000 6. Tax software 2012 Enter your years of service 6. Tax software 2012   7. Tax software 2012 Multiply line 5 by line 6 7. Tax software 2012   8. Tax software 2012 Enter the total of all elective deferrals made for you by the qualifying organization for prior years 8. Tax software 2012   9. Tax software 2012 Subtract line 8 from line 7. Tax software 2012 If zero or less, enter zero (-0-) 9. Tax software 2012   10. Tax software 2012 Maximum increase in limit for long service 10. Tax software 2012 15,000 11. Tax software 2012 Enter the total of additional pre-tax elective deferrals made in prior years under the 15-year rule 11. Tax software 2012   12. Tax software 2012 Enter the aggregate amount of all designated Roth contributions permitted for prior years under the 15-year rule 12. Tax software 2012   13. Tax software 2012 Add lines 11 and 12 13. Tax software 2012   14. Tax software 2012 Subtract line 13 from line 10 14. Tax software 2012   15. Tax software 2012 Maximum additional contributions 15. Tax software 2012 3,000 16. Tax software 2012 Enter the least of lines 9, 14, or 15. Tax software 2012 This is your increase in the limit for long service 16. Tax software 2012 -0- 17. Tax software 2012 Add lines 4 and 16. Tax software 2012 This is your limit on elective deferrals 17. Tax software 2012 17,500   Part III. Tax software 2012 Maximum Amount Contributable     18. Tax software 2012 If you had only nonelective contributions, enter the amount from line 3. Tax software 2012 This is your MAC. Tax software 2012    If you had only elective deferrals, enter the lesser of lines 3 or 17. Tax software 2012 This is your MAC. Tax software 2012    If you had both elective deferrals and nonelective contributions, enter the amount from line 3. Tax software 2012 This is your MAC. Tax software 2012 (Use the amount on line 17 to determine if you have excess elective deferrals as explained in chapter 7. Tax software 2012 ) 18. Tax software 2012 $17,500 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications