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Taxact 2013 FreeTaxact 2013 free Publication 54 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Taxact 2013 free Tax questions. Taxact 2013 free Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 54, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Taxact 2013 free irs. Taxact 2013 free gov/pub54. Taxact 2013 free What's New Exclusion amount. Taxact 2013 free The maximum foreign earned income exclusion is adjusted annually for inflation. Taxact 2013 free For 2013, the maximum exclusion has increased to $97,600. Taxact 2013 free See Limit on Excludable Amount under Foreign Earned Income Exclusion in chapter 4. Taxact 2013 free Housing expenses — base amount. Taxact 2013 free The computation of the base housing amount (line 32 of Form 2555) is tied to the maximum foreign earned income exclusion. Taxact 2013 free The amount is 16 percent of the exclusion amount (computed on a daily basis), multiplied by the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within your 2013 tax year. Taxact 2013 free For 2013, this amount is $42. Taxact 2013 free 78 per day ($15,616 per year). Taxact 2013 free See Housing Amount under Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction in chapter 4. Taxact 2013 free Housing expenses — maximum amount. Taxact 2013 free The amount of qualified housing expenses eligible for the housing exclusion and housing deduction has changed for some locations. Taxact 2013 free See Limit on housing expenses under Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction in chapter 4. Taxact 2013 free Filing requirements. Taxact 2013 free Generally, the amount of income you can receive before you must file an income tax return has increased. Taxact 2013 free These amounts are shown in chapter 1 under Filing Requirements . Taxact 2013 free Self-employment tax rate. Taxact 2013 free For 2013, the self-employment tax rate of 13. Taxact 2013 free 3% has increased to 15. Taxact 2013 free 3%. Taxact 2013 free The maximum amount of net earnings from self-employment that is subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax has increased to $113,700. Taxact 2013 free All net earnings are subject to the Medicare part of the tax. Taxact 2013 free For more information, see chapter 3. Taxact 2013 free IRA limitations for 2013. Taxact 2013 free . Taxact 2013 free The 2013 contribution limit to an IRA has increased to $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or older). Taxact 2013 free You may be able to take an IRA deduction if you were covered by a retirement plan and your 2013 modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than $69,000 ($115,000 if married filing jointly or a qualifying widow(er)). Taxact 2013 free If your spouse was covered by a retirement plan, but you were not, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if your 2013 modified AGI is less than $188,000. Taxact 2013 free See the Instructions for Form 1040 or the Instructions for Form 1040A for details and exceptions. Taxact 2013 free Reminders Figuring tax on income not excluded. Taxact 2013 free If you claim the foreign earned income exclusion, the housing exclusion, or both, you must figure the tax on your nonexcluded income using the tax rates that would have applied had you not claimed the exclusions. Taxact 2013 free See the Instructions for Form 1040 and complete the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet to figure the amount of tax to enter on Form 1040, line 44. Taxact 2013 free If you must attach Form 6251 to your return, use the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet provided in the Instructions for Form 6251. Taxact 2013 free Form 8938. Taxact 2013 free If you had foreign financial assets in 2013, you may have to file Form 8938 with your return. Taxact 2013 free See Form 8938 in chapter 1. Taxact 2013 free Change of address. Taxact 2013 free If you change your home mailing address, notify the Internal Revenue Service using Form 8822, Change of Address. Taxact 2013 free If you are changing your business address, use Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business. Taxact 2013 free Photographs of missing children. Taxact 2013 free The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Taxact 2013 free Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Taxact 2013 free 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. Taxact 2013 free Introduction This publication discusses special tax rules for U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free citizens and resident aliens who work abroad or who have income earned in foreign countries. Taxact 2013 free If you are a U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free citizen or resident alien, your worldwide income generally is subject to U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free income tax, regardless of where you are living. Taxact 2013 free Also, you are subject to the same income tax filing requirements that apply to U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free citizens or resident aliens living in the United States. Taxact 2013 free Expatriation tax provisions apply to U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free citizens who have renounced their citizenship and long-term residents who have ended their residency. Taxact 2013 free These provisions are discussed in chapter 4 of Publication 519, U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free Tax Guide for Aliens. Taxact 2013 free Resident alien. Taxact 2013 free A resident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who meets either the green card test or the substantial presence test for the calendar year. Taxact 2013 free Green card test. Taxact 2013 free You are a U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free resident if you were a lawful permanent resident of the United States at any time during the calendar year. Taxact 2013 free This is known as the green card test because resident aliens hold immigrant visas (also known as green cards). Taxact 2013 free Substantial presence test. Taxact 2013 free You are considered a U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free resident if you meet the substantial presence test for the calendar year. Taxact 2013 free To meet this test, you must be physically present in the United States on at least: 31 days during the current calendar year, and A total of 183 days during the current year and the 2 preceding years, counting all the days of physical presence in the current year, but only 1/3 the number of days of presence in the first preceding year, and only 1/6 the number of days in the second preceding year. Taxact 2013 free Example. Taxact 2013 free You were physically present in the United States on 120 days in each of the years 2011, 2012, and 2013. Taxact 2013 free To determine if you meet the substantial presence test for 2013, count the full 120 days of presence in 2013, 40 days in 2012 (1/3 of 120), and 20 days in 2011 (1/6 of 120). Taxact 2013 free Because the total for the 3-year period is 180 days, you are not considered a resident under the substantial presence test for 2013. Taxact 2013 free For more information on resident and nonresident status, the tests for residence, and the exceptions to them, see Publication 519. Taxact 2013 free Filing information. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 1 contains general filing information, such as: Whether you must file a U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free tax return, When and where to file your return, How to report your income if it is paid in foreign currency, How to treat a nonresident alien spouse as a U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free resident, and Whether you must pay estimated tax. Taxact 2013 free Withholding tax. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 2 discusses the withholding of income, social security, and Medicare taxes from the pay of U. Taxact 2013 free S. Taxact 2013 free citizens and resident aliens. Taxact 2013 free Self-employment tax. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 3 discusses who must pay self-employment tax. Taxact 2013 free Foreign earned income exclusion and housing exclusion and deduction. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 4 discusses income tax benefits that apply if you meet certain requirements while living abroad. Taxact 2013 free You may qualify to treat up to $97,600 of your income as not taxable by the United States. Taxact 2013 free You also may be able to either deduct part of your housing expenses from your income or treat a limited amount of income used for housing expenses as not taxable by the United States. Taxact 2013 free These benefits are called the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing deduction and exclusion. Taxact 2013 free To qualify for either of the exclusions or the deduction, you must have a tax home in a foreign country and earn income from personal services performed in a foreign country. Taxact 2013 free These rules are explained in chapter 4. Taxact 2013 free If you are going to exclude or deduct your income as discussed above, you must file Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Taxact 2013 free Exemptions, deductions, and credits. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 5 discusses exemptions, deductions, and credits you may be able to claim on your return. Taxact 2013 free These are generally the same as if you were living in the United States. Taxact 2013 free However, if you choose to exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, you cannot deduct or exclude any item or take a credit for any item that is related to the amounts you exclude. Taxact 2013 free Among the topics discussed in chapter 5 are: Exemptions, Contributions to foreign organizations, Foreign moving expenses, Contributions to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), and Foreign taxes. Taxact 2013 free Tax treaty benefits. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 6 discusses some benefits that are common to most tax treaties and explains how to get help if you think you are not receiving a treaty benefit to which you are entitled. Taxact 2013 free It also explains how to get copies of tax treaties. Taxact 2013 free How to get tax help. Taxact 2013 free Chapter 7 is an explanation of how to get information and assistance from the IRS. Taxact 2013 free Questions and answers. Taxact 2013 free Frequently asked questions and answers to those questions are presented in the back of the publication. Taxact 2013 free Comments and suggestions. Taxact 2013 free We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Taxact 2013 free You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Taxact 2013 free NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. Taxact 2013 free Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Taxact 2013 free You can send us comments from www. Taxact 2013 free irs. Taxact 2013 free gov/formspubs/. 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City, county, regional, and state consumer offices offer a variety of important services. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate professional service providers, provide educational materials and advocate for consumer rights. To save time, call before sending a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have and if complaint forms are provided.
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85 7th Pl. E, Suite 500
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