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Senior tax stimulus check Publication 4492-B - Main Content Table of Contents DefinitionsMidwestern Disaster Areas Applicable Disaster Date Charitable Giving IncentivesTemporary Suspension of Limits on Charitable Contributions Standard Mileage Rate for Charitable Use of Vehicles Mileage Reimbursements to Charitable Volunteers Casualty and Theft LossesTime limit for making election. Senior tax stimulus check Replacement Period for Nonrecognition of Gain Net Operating Losses IRAs and Other Retirement PlansDefinitions Taxation of Qualified Disaster Recovery Assistance Distributions Repayment of Qualified Disaster Recovery Assistance Distributions Repayment of Qualified Distributions for the Purchase or Construction of a Main Home Loans From Qualified Plans Additional Tax Relief for IndividualsEarned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit Additional Exemption for Housing Individuals Displaced by the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, or Flooding Education Credits Recapture of Federal Mortgage Subsidy Exclusion of Certain Cancellations of Indebtedness by Reason of the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, or Flooding Tax Relief for Temporary Relocation Additional Tax Relief for BusinessesEmployee Retention Credit Employer Housing Credit and Exclusion Demolition and Clean-up Costs Increase in Rehabilitation Tax Credit Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Senior tax stimulus check Definitions The following definitions are used throughout this publication. Senior tax stimulus check Midwestern Disaster Areas A Midwestern disaster area is an area for which a major disaster was declared by the President during the period beginning on May 20, 2008, and ending on July 31, 2008, in the state of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, or Wisconsin, as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding that occurred on the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check See Tables 1 and 2 for a list of the counties included in the Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check Applicable Disaster Date The term “applicable disaster date” as used in this publication, refers to the date on which the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding occurred in the Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check You will need to know this date when using this publication for the various tax provisions. Senior tax stimulus check Table 1 The counties listed in Table 1 below are eligible for all tax provisions shown in this publication. Senior tax stimulus check Applicable Disaster Dates* State Affected Counties—Midwestern Disaster Areas 05/02/2008through05/12/2008 Arkansas Arkansas, Benton, Cleburne, Conway, Crittenden, Grant, Lonoke, Mississippi, Phillips, Pulaski, Saline, and Van Buren. Senior tax stimulus check 06/01/2008through07/22/2008 Illinois Adams, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside, and Winnebago. Senior tax stimulus check 05/30/2008through06/27/2008 Indiana Adams, Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, Washington, and Wayne. Senior tax stimulus check 05/25/2008through08/13/2008 Iowa Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Story, Tama, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright. Senior tax stimulus check 05/10/2008through05/11/2008 Missouri Barry, Jasper, and Newton. Senior tax stimulus check 06/01/2008through08/13/2008 Missouri Adair, Andrew, Callaway, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Gentry, Greene, Harrison, Holt, Johnson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Nodaway, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, St. Senior tax stimulus check Charles, Stone, Taney, Vernon, and Webster. Senior tax stimulus check 05/22/2008through06/24/2008 Nebraska Buffalo, Butler, Colfax, Custer, Dawson, Douglas, Gage, Hamilton, Holt, Jefferson, Kearney, Lancaster, Platte, Richardson, Sarpy, and Saunders. Senior tax stimulus check 06/05/2008through07/25/2008 Wisconsin Adams, Calumet, Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago. Senior tax stimulus check *For more details, go to www. Senior tax stimulus check fema. Senior tax stimulus check gov Table 2 The counties listed in Table 2 below are eligible for all of the special tax provisions shown in this publication except the following. Senior tax stimulus check Charitable Giving Incentives. Senior tax stimulus check Net Operating Losses. Senior tax stimulus check Education Credits. Senior tax stimulus check Recapture of Federal Mortgage Subsidy. Senior tax stimulus check Tax Relief for Temporary Relocation. Senior tax stimulus check Employee Retention Credit. Senior tax stimulus check Employer Housing Credit and Exclusion. Senior tax stimulus check Demolition and Clean-up Costs. Senior tax stimulus check Increase in Rehabilitation Credit. Senior tax stimulus check Applicable Disaster Dates* State Affected Counties—Midwestern Disaster Areas 06/01/2008through07/22/2008 Illinois Greene, Madison, Monroe, Pike, Randolph, St. Senior tax stimulus check Clair, and Scott. Senior tax stimulus check 05/30/2008through06/27/2008 Indiana Benton, Boone, Fountain, Franklin, Jay, Montgomery, Ohio, Switzerland, Union, and Wabash. Senior tax stimulus check 05/25/2008through08/13/2008 Iowa Carroll, Cherokee, Lyon, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Taylor, and Wayne. Senior tax stimulus check 05/22/2008through06/16/2008 Kansas Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth, Franklin, Gove, Graham, Harper, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jewell, Kingman, Kiowa, Lane, Linn, Logan, Mitchell, Montgomery, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Saline, Seward, Sheridan, Smith, Stafford, Sumner, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, and Wilson. Senior tax stimulus check 06/06/2008through06/13/2008 Michigan Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola, Ottawa, Saginaw, and Wexford. Senior tax stimulus check 06/06/2008through06/12/2008 Minnesota Cook, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, and Nobles. Senior tax stimulus check 06/01/2008through08/13/2008 Missouri Atchison, Audrain, Bates, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Christian, Daviess, Grundy, Howard, Jefferson, Knox, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Morgan, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Platte, Polk, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Senior tax stimulus check Genevieve, St. Senior tax stimulus check Louis, the Independent City of St. Senior tax stimulus check Louis, Scott, Sullivan, and Worth. Senior tax stimulus check 04/23/2008through04/26/2008 Nebraska Gage, Johnson, Morrill, Nemaha, and Pawnee. Senior tax stimulus check 05/22/2008through06/24/2008 Nebraska Adams, Blaine, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cass, Chase, Cherry, Cuming, Dundy, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hayes, Howard, Johnson, Keya Paha, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Merrick, McPherson, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Otoe, Phelps, Polk, Red Willow, Rock, Saline, Seward, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thomas, Thurston, Valley, Webster, Wheeler, and York. Senior tax stimulus check 06/27/2008 Nebraska Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders. Senior tax stimulus check 06/05/2008through07/25/2008 Wisconsin Lafayette. Senior tax stimulus check * For more details, go to www. Senior tax stimulus check fema. Senior tax stimulus check gov Charitable Giving Incentives Temporary Suspension of Limits on Charitable Contributions This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check Individuals. Senior tax stimulus check   Qualified contributions are not subject to the overall limit on itemized deductions or the 50% of adjusted gross income (AGI) limit. Senior tax stimulus check A qualified contribution is a charitable contribution paid in cash or by check to a 50% limit organization if you make an election to have the 50% limit not apply to these contributions. Senior tax stimulus check   A qualified contribution must also meet all of the following requirements. Senior tax stimulus check Be paid after May 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2009. Senior tax stimulus check The contribution must be for relief efforts in one or more Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check Documentation must be provided by the donee organization that the contribution was used (or will be used) for relief efforts in one or more Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check   Your deduction for qualified contributions is limited to your AGI minus your deduction for all other charitable contributions. Senior tax stimulus check You can carry over any contributions you are not able to deduct for 2008 because of this limit. Senior tax stimulus check In 2009, the carryover of your unused qualified contributions is subject to the 50% of AGI limit. Senior tax stimulus check Exception. Senior tax stimulus check   Qualified contributions do not include contributions to certain private foundations described in section 509(a)(3) or contributions for the establishment of a new, or maintenance of an existing, donor advised fund. Senior tax stimulus check Corporations. Senior tax stimulus check   A corporation can elect to deduct qualified cash contributions without regard to the 10% of taxable income limit if the contributions were paid after May 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2009, to a qualified charitable organization (other than certain private foundations described in section 509(a)(3) or contributions for the establishment of a new, or maintenance of an existing, donor advised fund), for relief efforts in one or more Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check Documentation must be provided by the donee organization that the contribution was used (or will be used) for relief efforts in one or more Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check The corporation's deduction for these qualified contributions is limited to 100% of taxable income (as modified for the 10% limit) minus the corporation's deduction for all other charitable contributions. Senior tax stimulus check Any qualified contributions over this limit can be carried over to the next 5 years, subject to the 10% of taxable income limit. Senior tax stimulus check Partners and shareholders. Senior tax stimulus check   Each partner in a partnership and each shareholder in an S corporation must make a separate election to have the appropriate limit not apply. Senior tax stimulus check More information. Senior tax stimulus check   For more information, see Publication 526 or Publication 542, Corporations. Senior tax stimulus check Publication 526 includes a worksheet you can use to figure your deduction if any limits apply to your charitable contributions. Senior tax stimulus check Standard Mileage Rate for Charitable Use of Vehicles This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check The following are special standard mileage rates in effect for 2008 for the cost of operating your vehicle for providing charitable services related only to the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check 36 cents per mile for the period beginning on the applicable disaster date through June 30, 2008. Senior tax stimulus check 41 cents per mile for the period July 1 through December 31, 2008. Senior tax stimulus check Mileage Reimbursements to Charitable Volunteers This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check You can exclude from income amounts you receive as mileage reimbursements for the use of a private passenger vehicle for the benefit of a qualified charitable organization in providing relief related to the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding during the period beginning on the applicable disaster date, and ending on December 31, 2008. Senior tax stimulus check You cannot claim a deduction or credit for amounts you exclude. Senior tax stimulus check You must keep records of miles driven, time, place (or use), and purpose of the mileage. Senior tax stimulus check The amount you can exclude cannot exceed the standard business mileage rate (shown below) for expenses incurred during the following periods. Senior tax stimulus check 50. Senior tax stimulus check 5 cents per mile for the period beginning on the applicable disaster date through June 30, 2008. Senior tax stimulus check 58. Senior tax stimulus check 5 cents per mile for the period July 1 through December 31, 2008. Senior tax stimulus check Casualty and Theft Losses This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check The following paragraphs explain changes to casualty and theft losses that were caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding in the Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Publication 547. Senior tax stimulus check Limits on personal casualty or theft losses. Senior tax stimulus check   Losses of personal use property that arose in a Midwestern disaster area on or after the applicable disaster date are not subject to the $100 or 10% of AGI limits. Senior tax stimulus check Qualifying losses include losses from casualties and thefts that arose in a Midwestern disaster area that were attributable to the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check When completing Form 4684, do not include on line 17 any losses that arose in a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check A loss arising in a Midwestern disaster area is not considered a loss attributable to a federally declared disaster for purposes of that line and cannot be added to your standard deduction. Senior tax stimulus check When to deduct the loss. Senior tax stimulus check   Casualty and theft losses are generally deductible only in the year the casualty occurred or the theft was discovered. Senior tax stimulus check However, you can elect to deduct losses caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding on your return for the prior year. Senior tax stimulus check Special instructions for individuals who elect to claim a Midwestern disaster area casualty or theft loss for 2007. Senior tax stimulus check   Individuals filing or amending their 2007 tax return for casualty or theft losses that were attributable to the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding should: Enter “Midwestern Disaster Area” at the top of Form 1040 or Form 1040X, and Complete the 2008 version of Form 4684. Senior tax stimulus check Cross out “2008” and enter “2007” at the top of Form 4684. Senior tax stimulus check Time limit for making election. Senior tax stimulus check   You must make this election to claim your casualty or theft loss in 2007 by the later of the following dates. Senior tax stimulus check The due date (without extensions) for filing your 2008 income tax return. Senior tax stimulus check The due date (with extensions) for filing your 2007 income tax return. Senior tax stimulus check Example. Senior tax stimulus check If you are a calendar year individual taxpayer, you have until April 15, 2009, to amend your 2007 tax return to claim a casualty or theft loss that occurred during 2008. Senior tax stimulus check Replacement Period for Nonrecognition of Gain This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, an involuntary conversion occurs when property is damaged, destroyed, stolen, seized, requisitioned, or condemned, and you receive other property or money in payment, such as insurance or a condemnation award. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, you do not have to report a gain (if any) if you replace the property within 2 years (4 years for a main home in a federally declared disaster area). Senior tax stimulus check However, for property that was involuntarily converted on or after the applicable disaster date, as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding, a 5-year replacement period applies if substantially all of the use of the replacement property is in a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see the Instructions for Form 4684. Senior tax stimulus check Net Operating Losses This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance loss. Senior tax stimulus check   Generally, you can carry a net operating loss (NOL) back to the 2 tax years before the NOL year. Senior tax stimulus check However, the portion of an NOL that is a qualified disaster recovery assistance loss can be carried back to the 5 tax years before the NOL year. Senior tax stimulus check In addition, the 90% limit on the alternative tax NOL deduction (ATNOLD) does not apply to such portion of the ATNOLD. Senior tax stimulus check   A qualified disaster recovery assistance loss is the smaller of: The excess of the NOL for the year over the specified liability loss for the year to which a 10-year carryback applies, or The total of the following deductions (to the extent they are taken into account in computing the NOL for the tax year): Qualified disaster recovery assistance casualty loss (as defined below), Moving expenses paid or incurred on or after the applicable disaster date, and before January 1, 2011, for the employment of an individual whose main home was in a Midwestern disaster area before the applicable disaster date, who was unable to remain in that home because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding, and whose main job location (after the move) is in a Midwestern disaster area, Temporary housing expenses paid or incurred on or after the applicable disaster date, and before January 1, 2011, to house employees of the taxpayer whose main job location is in a Midwestern disaster area, Depreciation or amortization allowable for any qualified disaster recovery assistance property (even if you elected not to claim the special disaster recovery assistance depreciation allowance for such property) for the year placed in service, and Repair expenses (including expenses for the removal of debris) paid or incurred on or after the applicable disaster date, and before January 1, 2011, for any damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding to property located in a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance casualty loss. Senior tax stimulus check   A qualified disaster recovery assistance casualty loss is any deductible section 1231 loss of property located in a Midwestern disaster area if the loss was caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check For this purpose, the amount of the loss is reduced by any recognized gain from an involuntary conversion caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding of property located in a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check Any such loss taken into account in figuring your qualified disaster recovery assistance loss is not eligible for the election to be treated as having occurred in the previous tax year. Senior tax stimulus check More information. Senior tax stimulus check   For more information on NOLs, see Publication 536 or Publication 542, Corporations. Senior tax stimulus check IRAs and Other Retirement Plans New rules provide for tax-favored withdrawals, repayments, and loans from certain retirement plans for taxpayers who suffered economic losses as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Definitions Qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution. Senior tax stimulus check   A qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution is any distribution you received from an eligible retirement plan if all of the following apply. Senior tax stimulus check The distribution was made on or after the applicable disaster date and before January 1, 2010. Senior tax stimulus check Your main home was located in a Midwestern disaster area on the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check You sustained an economic loss because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding and your main home was in a Midwestern disaster area on the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check Examples of an economic loss include, but are not limited to: Loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind, or other cause; Loss related to displacement from your home; or Loss of livelihood due to temporary or permanent layoffs. Senior tax stimulus check   If (1) through (3) above apply, you can generally designate any distribution (including periodic payments and required minimum distributions) from an eligible retirement plan as a qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution, regardless of whether the distribution was made on account of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance distributions are permitted without regard to your need or the actual amount of your economic loss. Senior tax stimulus check   The total of your qualified disaster recovery assistance distributions from all plans is limited to $100,000. Senior tax stimulus check If you have distributions in excess of $100,000 from more than one type of plan, such as a 401(k) plan and an IRA, you can allocate the $100,000 limit among the plans any way you choose. Senior tax stimulus check   A reduction or offset (on or after the applicable disaster date) of your account balance in an eligible retirement plan in order to repay a loan can also be designated as a qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution. Senior tax stimulus check Eligible retirement plan. Senior tax stimulus check   An eligible retirement plan can be any of the following. Senior tax stimulus check A qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan (including a 401(k) plan). Senior tax stimulus check A qualified annuity plan. Senior tax stimulus check A tax-sheltered annuity contract. Senior tax stimulus check A governmental section 457 deferred compensation plan. Senior tax stimulus check A traditional, SEP, SIMPLE, or Roth IRA. Senior tax stimulus check Main home. Senior tax stimulus check   Generally, your main home is the home where you live most of the time. Senior tax stimulus check A temporary absence due to special circumstances, such as illness, education, business, military service, evacuation, or vacation, will not change your main home. Senior tax stimulus check Taxation of Qualified Disaster Recovery Assistance Distributions This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance distributions are included in income in equal amounts over three years. Senior tax stimulus check However, if you elect, you can include the entire distribution in your income in the year it was received. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance distributions are not subject to the additional 10% tax (or the additional 25% tax for certain distributions from SIMPLE IRAs) on early distributions from qualified retirement plans (including IRAs). Senior tax stimulus check However, any distributions you receive in excess of the $100,000 qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution limit may be subject to the additional tax on early distributions. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Form 8930. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment of Qualified Disaster Recovery Assistance Distributions This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check If you choose, you generally can repay any portion of a qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution that is eligible for tax-free rollover treatment to an eligible retirement plan. Senior tax stimulus check Also, you can repay a qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution made on account of a hardship from a retirement plan. Senior tax stimulus check However, see Exceptions later for qualified disaster recovery assistance distributions you cannot repay. Senior tax stimulus check You have three years from the day after the date you received the distribution to make a repayment. Senior tax stimulus check Amounts that are repaid are treated as a qualified rollover and are not included in income. Senior tax stimulus check Also, a repayment of a qualified disaster recovery assistance distribution to an IRA is not counted when figuring the one-rollover-per-year limitation. Senior tax stimulus check See Form 8930 for more information on how to report repayments. Senior tax stimulus check Exceptions. Senior tax stimulus check   You cannot repay the following types of distributions. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance distributions received as a beneficiary (other than a surviving spouse). Senior tax stimulus check Required minimum distributions. Senior tax stimulus check Periodic payments (other than from an IRA) that are for: A period of 10 years or more, Your life or life expectancy, or The joint lives or joint life expectancies of you and your beneficiary. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment of Qualified Distributions for the Purchase or Construction of a Main Home This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check If you received a qualified distribution to purchase or construct a main home in a Midwestern disaster area, you can repay part or all of that distribution on or after the applicable disaster date, but no later than March 3, 2009, to an eligible retirement plan. Senior tax stimulus check For this purpose, an eligible retirement plan is any plan, annuity, or IRA to which a qualified rollover can be made. Senior tax stimulus check To be a qualified distribution, the distribution must meet all of the following requirements. Senior tax stimulus check The distribution is a hardship distribution from a 401(k) plan, a hardship distribution from a tax-sheltered annuity contract, or a qualified first-time homebuyer distribution from an IRA. Senior tax stimulus check The distribution was received after the date that was 6 months before the day after the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check The distribution was to be used to purchase or construct a main home in a Midwestern disaster area that was not purchased or constructed because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Amounts that are repaid before March 4, 2009, are treated as a qualified rollover and are not included in income. Senior tax stimulus check Also, a repayment of a qualified distribution to an IRA is not counted when figuring the one-rollover-per-year limitation. Senior tax stimulus check A qualified distribution not repaid before March 4, 2009, may be taxable for 2007 or 2008 and subject to the additional 10% tax (or the additional 25% tax for certain SIMPLE IRAs) on early distributions. Senior tax stimulus check You must file Form 8930 if you received a qualified distribution that you repaid, in whole or in part, before March 4, 2009. Senior tax stimulus check Loans From Qualified Plans This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check The following benefits are available to qualified individuals. Senior tax stimulus check Increases to the limits for distributions treated as loans from employer plans. Senior tax stimulus check A 1-year suspension for payments due on plan loans. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified individual. Senior tax stimulus check   You are a qualified individual if your main home was located in a Midwestern disaster area on the applicable disaster date and you had an economic loss because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Examples of an economic loss include, but are not limited to: Loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind, or other cause; Loss related to displacement from your home; or Loss of livelihood due to temporary or permanent layoffs. Senior tax stimulus check Limits on plan loans. Senior tax stimulus check   The $50,000 limit for distributions treated as plan loans is increased to $100,000. Senior tax stimulus check In addition, the limit based on 50% of your vested accrued benefit is increased to 100% of that benefit. Senior tax stimulus check If your main home was located in a Midwestern disaster area, the higher limits apply only to loans received during the period beginning on October 3, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2009. Senior tax stimulus check One-year suspension of loan payments. Senior tax stimulus check   Payments on plan loans outstanding on or after the applicable disaster date, may be suspended for 1 year by the plan administrator. Senior tax stimulus check To qualify for the suspension, the due date for any loan payment must occur during the period beginning on the applicable disaster date and ending on December 31, 2009. Senior tax stimulus check Additional Tax Relief for Individuals Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check You can elect to use your 2007 earned income to figure your earned income credit (EIC) and additional child tax credit for 2008 if: Your 2008 earned income is less than your 2007 earned income, and At least one of the following statements is true. Senior tax stimulus check Your main home on the applicable disaster date was in a Midwestern disaster area as shown in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check Your main home on the applicable disaster date was in a Midwestern disaster area as shown in Table 2, and you were displaced from that home because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Earned income. Senior tax stimulus check    For the purpose of this election, your earned income for both the EIC and the additional child tax credit is the amount of earned income used to figure your EIC, even if you did not take the EIC and even if that amount is different than your earned income for the additional child tax credit. Senior tax stimulus check If you are claiming only the additional child tax credit, you must figure the amount of your earned income for EIC purposes to determine your eligibility to make the election and the amount of the credit. Senior tax stimulus check Joint returns. Senior tax stimulus check   If you file a joint return, you qualify to make this election even if only one spouse meets the requirements. Senior tax stimulus check If you make the election, your 2007 earned income is the sum of your 2007 earned income and your spouse's 2007 earned income. Senior tax stimulus check Making the election. Senior tax stimulus check   If you make the election to use your 2007 earned income, the election applies for figuring both the EIC and the additional child tax credit. Senior tax stimulus check However, you can make the election for the additional child tax credit even if you do not take the EIC. Senior tax stimulus check   Electing to use your 2007 earned income can increase or decrease your EIC. Senior tax stimulus check Take the following steps to decide whether to make the election. Senior tax stimulus check Figure your 2008 EIC using your 2007 earned income. Senior tax stimulus check Figure your 2008 additional child tax credit using your 2007 earned income for EIC purposes. Senior tax stimulus check Add the results of (1) and (2). Senior tax stimulus check Figure your 2008 EIC using your 2008 earned income. Senior tax stimulus check Figure your 2008 additional child tax credit using your 2008 earned income for additional child tax credit purposes. Senior tax stimulus check Add the results of (4) and (5). Senior tax stimulus check Compare the results of (3) and (6). Senior tax stimulus check If (3) is larger than (6), it is to your benefit to make the election. Senior tax stimulus check If (3) is equal to or smaller than (6), making the election will not help you. Senior tax stimulus check   If you elect to use your 2007 earned income and you are claiming the EIC, enter “PYEI” and the amount of your 2007 earned income on the dotted line next to line 64a of Form 1040, on the line next to line 40a of Form 1040A, or in the space to the left of line 8a of Form 1040EZ. Senior tax stimulus check   If you elect to use your 2007 earned income and you are claiming the additional child tax credit, enter your 2007 earned income for EIC purposes (even if you did not claim the EIC) on Form 8812, Additional Child Tax Credit, line 4a, and check the box on that line. Senior tax stimulus check Getting your 2007 tax return information. Senior tax stimulus check   If you do not have your 2007 tax records, you can get the amount of earned income used to figure your 2007 EIC by calling 1-866-562-5227. Senior tax stimulus check You can also get this information by visiting the IRS website at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov. Senior tax stimulus check   If you prefer to figure your 2007 earned income yourself, copies or transcripts of your filed and processed tax returns can help you reconstruct your tax records. Senior tax stimulus check See Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return on page 11. Senior tax stimulus check Additional Exemption for Housing Individuals Displaced by the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, or Flooding This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check You can claim an additional exemption amount of $500 for providing housing in your main home for each individual displaced by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check The additional exemption amount is claimed on Form 8914. Senior tax stimulus check You can claim an additional exemption amount only one time for a specific individual. Senior tax stimulus check If you claimed an additional exemption amount for an individual in 2008, you cannot claim that amount again for the same individual in 2009. Senior tax stimulus check The maximum additional exemption amount you can claim for all displaced individuals is $2,000. Senior tax stimulus check Any additional exemption amount you claimed for displaced individuals in 2008 will reduce the $2,000 maximum for 2009. Senior tax stimulus check The $2,000 limit applies to a husband and wife, whether the husband and wife file joint returns or separate returns. Senior tax stimulus check If married filing separately, the $2,000 can be divided in $500 increments between the spouses. Senior tax stimulus check For example, if one spouse claims an additional exemption amount for one displaced individual, the other spouse, if otherwise eligible, can claim additional exemption amounts for three different displaced individuals. Senior tax stimulus check If two or more taxpayers share the same main home, only one taxpayer in that main home can claim the additional exemption amount for a specific displaced individual. Senior tax stimulus check In order for you to be considered to have provided housing, you must have a legal interest in the main home (that is, own or rent the home). Senior tax stimulus check To qualify as a displaced individual, the individual: Must have had his or her main home in a Midwestern disaster area on the applicable disaster date, and he or she must have been displaced from that home. Senior tax stimulus check If the individual's main home was located in a Midwestern disaster area as shown in Table 2, that home must have been damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding or the individual must have been evacuated from that home because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding, Must have been provided housing in your main home for a period of at least 60 consecutive days ending in the tax year in which the exemption is claimed, and Cannot be your spouse or dependent. Senior tax stimulus check You cannot claim the additional exemption amount if you received rent (or any other amount) from any source for providing the housing. Senior tax stimulus check You are permitted to receive payments or reimbursements that do not relate to normal housing costs, including the following. Senior tax stimulus check Food, clothing, or personal items consumed or used by the displaced individual. Senior tax stimulus check Reimbursement for the cost of any long distance telephone calls made by the displaced individual. Senior tax stimulus check Reimbursement for the cost of gasoline for the displaced individual's use of your vehicle. Senior tax stimulus check However, you cannot claim the additional exemption amount if you received any reimbursement for the extra costs of heat, electricity, or water used by the displaced individual. Senior tax stimulus check Also, you must report on Form 8914 the displaced individual's social security number or individual taxpayer identification number to claim an additional exemption amount. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Form 8914. Senior tax stimulus check Education Credits This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check The education credits have been expanded for students attending an eligible educational institution located in a Midwestern disaster area (Midwestern disaster area students) for any tax year beginning in 2008 or 2009. Senior tax stimulus check The Hope credit for a Midwestern disaster area student is increased to 100% of the first $2,400 in qualified education expenses and 50% of the next $2,400 of qualified education expenses for a maximum credit of $3,600 per student. Senior tax stimulus check The lifetime learning credit rate for a Midwestern disaster area student is increased from 20% to 40%. Senior tax stimulus check The definition of qualified education expenses for a Midwestern disaster area student also has been expanded. Senior tax stimulus check This expanded definition also applies to the tuition and fees deduction claimed on Form 8917. Senior tax stimulus check In addition to tuition and fees required for the student's enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, qualified education expenses for a Midwestern disaster area student include the following. Senior tax stimulus check Books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Senior tax stimulus check For a special needs student, expenses that are necessary for that person's enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. Senior tax stimulus check For a student who is at least a half-time student, the reasonable costs of room and board, but only to the extent that the costs are not more than the greater of the following two amounts. Senior tax stimulus check The allowance for room and board, as determined by the eligible educational institution, that was included in the cost of attendance (for federal financial aid purposes) for a particular academic period and living arrangement of the student. Senior tax stimulus check The actual amount charged if the student is residing in housing owned or operated by the eligible educational institution. Senior tax stimulus check You will need to contact the eligible educational institution for qualified room and board costs. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Form 8863. Senior tax stimulus check See Form 8917 for the tuition and fees deduction. Senior tax stimulus check Recapture of Federal Mortgage Subsidy This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, if you financed your home under a federally subsidized program (loans from tax-exempt qualified mortgage bonds or loans with mortgage credit certificates), you may have to recapture all or part of the benefit you received from that program when you sell or otherwise dispose of your home. Senior tax stimulus check However, you do not have to recapture any benefit if your mortgage loan was a qualified home improvement loan of not more than $15,000. Senior tax stimulus check This amount is increased to $150,000 if the loan was provided before 2011 and was used to alter, repair, or improve an existing owner-occupied residence in a Midwestern disaster area as shown in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check Exclusion of Certain Cancellations of Indebtedness by Reason of the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, or Flooding This benefit applies to the counties in both Tables 1 and 2. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, discharges of nonbusiness debts (such as mortgages) made on or after the applicable disaster date and before January 1, 2010, are excluded from income for individuals whose main home was in a Midwestern disaster area on the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check If the individual's main home was located in a Midwestern disaster area as shown in Table 2, the individual also must have had an economic loss because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Examples of an economic loss include, but are not limited to: Loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind, or other cause; Loss related to displacement from your home; or Loss of livelihood due to temporary or permanent layoffs. Senior tax stimulus check This relief does not apply to any debt secured by real property located outside a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check You may also have to reduce certain tax attributes by the amount excluded. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment). Senior tax stimulus check Tax Relief for Temporary Relocation This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check The IRS can adjust the internal revenue laws to ensure that taxpayers do not lose a deduction or credit or experience a change of filing status in 2008 or 2009 as a result of a temporary relocation caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check However, any such adjustment must ensure that an individual is not taken into account by more than one taxpayer for the same tax benefit. Senior tax stimulus check The IRS has exercised this authority as follows. Senior tax stimulus check In determining whether you furnished over one-half of the cost of maintaining a household, you can exclude from total household costs any assistance received from the government or charitable organizations because you were temporarily relocated as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check In determining whether you provided more than one-half of an individual's support, you can disregard any assistance received from the government or charitable organizations because you were temporarily relocated as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check You can treat as a student an individual who enrolled in school before the applicable disaster date, and who is unable to attend classes because of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding, for each month of the enrollment period that individual is prevented by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding from attending school as planned. Senior tax stimulus check Additional Tax Relief for Businesses Employee Retention Credit This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check An eligible employer who conducted an active trade or business in a Midwestern disaster area can claim the employee retention credit. Senior tax stimulus check The credit is 40% of qualified wages for each eligible employee (up to a maximum of $6,000 in qualified wages per employee). Senior tax stimulus check Generally, you must reduce your deduction for salaries and wages by the amount of this credit (before the tax liability limit). Senior tax stimulus check Use Form 5884-A to claim the credit. Senior tax stimulus check Employers affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check   The following definitions apply to employers affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Eligible employer. Senior tax stimulus check   For this purpose, an eligible employer is any employer who meets all of the following. Senior tax stimulus check Employed an average of not more than 200 employees on business days during the tax year before the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check Conducted an active trade or business on the applicable disaster date in a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check Whose trade or business was inoperable on any day after the applicable disaster date and before January 1, 2009, because of the damage caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Eligible employee. Senior tax stimulus check   For this purpose, an eligible employee is an employee whose principal place of employment on the applicable disaster date with such eligible employer was in a Midwestern disaster area. Senior tax stimulus check An employee is not an eligible employee for purposes of the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding if the employee is treated as an eligible employee for the work opportunity credit. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified wages. Senior tax stimulus check   Qualified wages are wages (up to $6,000 per employee) you paid or incurred before January 1, 2009, for an eligible employee beginning on the date your trade or business first became inoperable at the employee's principal place of employment immediately before the applicable disaster, and ending on the date your trade or business resumed significant operations at that place. Senior tax stimulus check In addition, the wages must have been paid or incurred after the applicable disaster date. Senior tax stimulus check    This includes wages paid even if the employee performed no services, performed services at a place of employment other than the principal place of employment, or performed services at the principal place of employment before significant operations resumed. Senior tax stimulus check    Wages qualifying for the credit generally have the same meaning as wages subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Senior tax stimulus check Qualified wages also include amounts you paid for medical or hospitalization expenses in connection with sickness or accident disability. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified wages for any employee must be reduced by the amount of any work supplementation payment you received under the Social Security Act. Senior tax stimulus check   For agricultural employees, if the work performed by any employee during more than half of any pay period qualified under FUTA as agricultural labor, that employee's wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes are qualified wages. Senior tax stimulus check For a special rule that applies to railroad employees, see section 51(h)(1)(B). Senior tax stimulus check   Qualified wages do not include the following. Senior tax stimulus check Wages paid to your dependent or a related individual. Senior tax stimulus check See section 51(i)(1). Senior tax stimulus check Wages paid to any employee during the period for which you received payment for the employee from a federally funded on-the-job training program. Senior tax stimulus check Wages for services of replacement workers during a strike or lockout. Senior tax stimulus check   For more information, see Form 5884-A. Senior tax stimulus check Employer Housing Credit and Exclusion This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check An employer who conducted an active trade or business in a Midwestern disaster area can claim the employer housing credit. Senior tax stimulus check The credit is equal to 30% of the value (up to $600 per month per employee) of in-kind lodging furnished to a qualified employee (and the employee's spouse or dependents) from November 1, 2008, through May 1, 2009. Senior tax stimulus check The value of the lodging is excluded from the income of the qualified employee but is treated as wages for purposes of taxes imposed under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Senior tax stimulus check Generally, you must reduce your deduction for salaries and wages by the amount of this credit (before the tax liability limit). Senior tax stimulus check The employer must use Form 5884-A to claim the credit. Senior tax stimulus check A qualified employee is an individual who had a main home in a Midwestern disaster area on the applicable disaster date, and who performs substantially all employment services in a Midwestern disaster area for the employer furnishing the lodging. Senior tax stimulus check The employee cannot be your dependent or a related individual. Senior tax stimulus check See section 51(i)(1). Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Form 5884-A. Senior tax stimulus check Demolition and Clean-up Costs This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check You can elect to deduct 50% of any qualified disaster recovery assistance clean-up costs for the tax year in which the costs are paid or incurred, instead of capitalizing them. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance clean-up costs are any amounts paid or incurred on or after the applicable disaster date, and before January 1, 2011, for the removal of debris from, or the demolition of structures on, real property located in a Midwestern disaster area that is: Held by you for use in a trade or business or for the production of income, or Inventory or other property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Senior tax stimulus check Qualified disaster recovery assistance clean-up costs are limited to amounts necessary due to damage attributable to the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding in the Midwestern disaster areas. Senior tax stimulus check Increase in Rehabilitation Tax Credit This benefit applies only to the counties in Table 1. Senior tax stimulus check The rehabilitation credit is increased for qualified rehabilitation expenditures paid or incurred on or after the applicable disaster date, and before January 1, 2012, on buildings located in a Midwestern disaster area as follows. Senior tax stimulus check For pre-1936 buildings (other than certified historic structures), the credit percentage is increased from 10% to 13%. Senior tax stimulus check For certified historic structures, the credit percentage is increased from 20% to 26%. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit. Senior tax stimulus check Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return Request for copy of tax return. Senior tax stimulus check   You can use Form 4506 to order a copy of your tax return. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, there is a $57 fee for requesting each copy of a tax return. Senior tax stimulus check If your main home, principal place of business, or tax records are located in a Midwestern disaster area, the fee will be waived if “Midwestern Disaster Area” is written in red across the top of the form when filed. Senior tax stimulus check Request for transcript of tax return. Senior tax stimulus check   You can use Form 4506-T to order a free transcript of your tax return. Senior tax stimulus check A transcript provides most of the line entries from a tax return and usually contains the information that a third party requires. Senior tax stimulus check You can also call 1-800-829-1040 to order a transcript. Senior tax stimulus check How To Get Tax Help Special IRS assistance. Senior tax stimulus check   The IRS is providing special help for those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding, as well as survivors and personal representatives of the victims. Senior tax stimulus check We have set up a special toll-free number for people who may have trouble filing or paying their taxes because they were affected by recent federally declared disasters, or who have other tax issues related to the severe storms, tornadoes, or flooding. Senior tax stimulus check Call 1-866-562-5227 Monday through FridayIn English–7 a. Senior tax stimulus check m. Senior tax stimulus check to 10 p. Senior tax stimulus check m. Senior tax stimulus check local timeIn Spanish–8 a. Senior tax stimulus check m. Senior tax stimulus check to 9:30 p. Senior tax stimulus check m. Senior tax stimulus check local time   The IRS website at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov has notices and other tax relief information. Senior tax stimulus check Check it periodically for any new guidance. Senior tax stimulus check You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. Senior tax stimulus check By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Senior tax stimulus check Contacting your Taxpayer Advocate. Senior tax stimulus check   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, or who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. Senior tax stimulus check Here are seven things every taxpayer should know about TAS: TAS is your voice at the IRS. Senior tax stimulus check Our service is free, confidential, and tailored to meet your needs. Senior tax stimulus check You may be eligible for TAS help if you have tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should. Senior tax stimulus check TAS helps taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty or significant cost, including the cost of professional representation. Senior tax stimulus check This includes businesses as well as individuals. Senior tax stimulus check TAS employees know the IRS and how to navigate it. Senior tax stimulus check We will listen to your problem, help you understand what needs to be done to resolve it, and stay with you every step of the way until your problem is resolved. Senior tax stimulus check TAS has at least one local taxpayer advocate in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Senior tax stimulus check You can call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book, in Pub. Senior tax stimulus check 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service—Your Voice at the IRS, and on our website at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov/advocate. Senior tax stimulus check You can also call our toll-free line at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059. Senior tax stimulus check You can learn about your rights and responsibilities as a taxpayer by visiting our online tax toolkit at www. Senior tax stimulus check taxtoolkit. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov. Senior tax stimulus check Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Senior tax stimulus check   The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic program serves individuals who have a problem with the IRS and whose income is below a certain level. Senior tax stimulus check LITCs are independent from the IRS. Senior tax stimulus check Most LITCs can provide representation before the IRS or in court on audits, tax collection disputes, and other issues for free or a small fee. Senior tax stimulus check If an individual's native language is not English, some clinics can provide multilingual information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Senior tax stimulus check This publication is available at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov, by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or at your local IRS office. Senior tax stimulus check Free tax services. Senior tax stimulus check   To find out what services are available, get Publication 910, IRS Guide to Free Tax Services. Senior tax stimulus check It contains lists of free tax information sources, including publications, services, and free tax education and assistance programs. Senior tax stimulus check It also has an index of over 100 TeleTax topics (recorded tax information) you can listen to on your telephone. Senior tax stimulus check   Accessible versions of IRS published products are available on request in a variety of alternative formats for people with disabilities. Senior tax stimulus check Free help with your return. Senior tax stimulus check   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-trained volunteers. Senior tax stimulus check The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-income taxpayers and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Senior tax stimulus check Many VITA sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Senior tax stimulus check To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, call 1-800-829-1040. Senior tax stimulus check   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Senior tax stimulus check To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 1-888-227-7669 or visit AARP's website atwww. Senior tax stimulus check aarp. Senior tax stimulus check org/money/taxaide. Senior tax stimulus check   For more information on these programs, go to www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov and enter keyword “VITA” in the upper right-hand corner. Senior tax stimulus check Internet. Senior tax stimulus check You can access the IRS website at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. Senior tax stimulus check Find out about commercial tax preparation and e-file services available free to eligible taxpayers. Senior tax stimulus check Check the status of your 2009 refund. Senior tax stimulus check Go to www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov and click on Where's My Refund. Senior tax stimulus check Wait at least 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after mailing a paper return. Senior tax stimulus check If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Senior tax stimulus check Have your 2009 tax return available so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Senior tax stimulus check Download forms, instructions, and publications. Senior tax stimulus check Order IRS products online. Senior tax stimulus check Research your tax questions online. Senior tax stimulus check Search publications online by topic or keyword. Senior tax stimulus check Use the online Internal Revenue Code, Regulations, or other official guidance. Senior tax stimulus check View Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRBs) published in the last few years. Senior tax stimulus check Figure your withholding allowances using the withholding calculator online at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov/individuals. Senior tax stimulus check Determine if Form 6251 must be filed by using our Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Assistant. Senior tax stimulus check Sign up to receive local and national tax news by email. Senior tax stimulus check Get information on starting and operating a small business. Senior tax stimulus check Phone. Senior tax stimulus check Many services are available by phone. Senior tax stimulus check Ordering forms, instructions, and publications. Senior tax stimulus check Call 1-800-TAX FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, and publications, and prior-year forms and instructions. Senior tax stimulus check You should receive your order within 10 days. Senior tax stimulus check Asking tax questions. 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Senior tax stimulus check Call 1-800-829-4477 to listen to pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics. Senior tax stimulus check Refund information. Senior tax stimulus check To check the status of your 2009 refund, call 1-800-829-1954 during business hours or 1-800-829-4477 (automated refund information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Senior tax stimulus check Wait at least 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after mailing a paper return. Senior tax stimulus check If you filed Form 8379 with your return, wait 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically). Senior tax stimulus check Have your 2009 tax return available so you can provide your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Senior tax stimulus check Refunds are sent out weekly on Fridays. 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Senior tax stimulus check 11. Senior tax stimulus check   Other Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and EntertainmentReimbursements Miscellaneous ExpensesMeaning of generally enforced. Senior tax stimulus check Kickbacks. Senior tax stimulus check Form 1099-MISC. Senior tax stimulus check Exception. Senior tax stimulus check Tax preparation fees. Senior tax stimulus check Covered executive branch official. Senior tax stimulus check Exceptions to denial of deduction. Senior tax stimulus check Indirect political contributions. Senior tax stimulus check Type of deduction. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment—$3,000 or less. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment—over $3,000. Senior tax stimulus check Method 1. Senior tax stimulus check Method 2. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment does not apply. Senior tax stimulus check Year of deduction (or credit). Senior tax stimulus check Telephone. Senior tax stimulus check What's New Standard mileage rate. Senior tax stimulus check  Beginning in 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for business use is 56. Senior tax stimulus check 5 cents per mile. Senior tax stimulus check For more information, see Car and truck expenses under Miscellaneous Expenses. Senior tax stimulus check Introduction This chapter covers business expenses that may not have been explained to you, as a business owner, in previous chapters of this publication. Senior tax stimulus check Topics - This chapter discusses: Travel, meals, and entertainment Bribes and kickbacks Charitable contributions Education expenses Lobbying expenses Penalties and fines Repayments (claim of right) Other miscellaneous expenses Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 526 Charitable Contributions 529 Miscellaneous Deductions 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 970 Tax Benefits for Education 1542 Per Diem Rates See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. Senior tax stimulus check Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment The following discussion explains how to handle any reimbursements or allowances you may provide to your employees under a reimbursement or allowance arrangement for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses. Senior tax stimulus check If you are self-employed and report your income and expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040), see Publication 463. Senior tax stimulus check To be deductible for tax purposes, expenses incurred for travel, meals, and entertainment must be ordinary and necessary expenses incurred while carrying on your trade or business. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, you also must show that entertainment expenses (including meals) are directly related to, or associated with, the conduct of your trade or business. Senior tax stimulus check For more information on travel, meals, and entertainment, including deductibility, see Publication 463. Senior tax stimulus check Reimbursements A “reimbursement or allowance arrangement” provides for payment of advances, reimbursements, and allowances for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses incurred by your employees during the ordinary course of business. Senior tax stimulus check If the expenses are substantiated, you can deduct the allowable amount on your tax return. Senior tax stimulus check Because of differences between accounting methods and tax law, the amount you can deduct for tax purposes may not be the same as the amount you deduct on your business books and records. Senior tax stimulus check For example, you can deduct 100% of the cost of meals on your business books and records. Senior tax stimulus check However, only 50% of these costs are allowed by law as a tax deduction. Senior tax stimulus check How you deduct a business expense under a reimbursement or allowance arrangement depends on whether you have: An accountable plan, or A nonaccountable plan. Senior tax stimulus check If you reimburse these expenses under an accountable plan, deduct them as travel, meals, or entertainment expenses. Senior tax stimulus check If you reimburse these expenses under a nonaccountable plan, report the reimbursements as wages on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and deduct them as wages on the appropriate line of your tax return. Senior tax stimulus check If you make a single payment to your employees and it includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement and report it accordingly. Senior tax stimulus check See Table 11-1 , Reporting Reimbursements. Senior tax stimulus check Accountable Plans An accountable plan requires your employees to meet all of the following requirements. Senior tax stimulus check Each employee must: Have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employee, Adequately account to you for these expenses within a reasonable period of time, and Return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Senior tax stimulus check An arrangement under which you advance money to employees is treated as meeting (3) above only if the following requirements are also met. Senior tax stimulus check The advance is reasonably calculated not to exceed the amount of anticipated expenses. Senior tax stimulus check You make the advance within a reasonable period of time of your employee paying or incurring the expense. Senior tax stimulus check If any expenses reimbursed under this arrangement are not substantiated, or an excess reimbursement is not returned within a reasonable period of time by an employee, you cannot treat these expenses as reimbursed under an accountable plan. Senior tax stimulus check Instead, treat the reimbursed expenses as paid under a nonaccountable plan, discussed later. Senior tax stimulus check Adequate accounting. Senior tax stimulus check   Your employees must adequately account to you for their travel, meals, and entertainment expenses. Senior tax stimulus check They must give you documentary evidence of their travel, mileage, and other employee business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check This evidence should include items such as receipts, along with either a statement of expenses, an account book, a day-planner, or similar record in which the employee entered each expense at or near the time the expense was incurred. Senior tax stimulus check Excess reimbursement or allowance. Senior tax stimulus check   An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you pay to an employee that is more than the business-related expenses for which the employee adequately accounted. Senior tax stimulus check The employee must return any excess reimbursement or other expense allowance to you within a reasonable period of time. Senior tax stimulus check Reasonable period of time. Senior tax stimulus check   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Senior tax stimulus check You give an advance within 30 days of the time the employee pays or incurs the expense. Senior tax stimulus check Your employees adequately account for their expenses within 60 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. Senior tax stimulus check Your employees return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. Senior tax stimulus check You give a periodic statement (at least quarterly) to your employees that asks them to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and they comply within 120 days of the date of the statement. Senior tax stimulus check How to deduct. Senior tax stimulus check   You can claim a deduction for travel, meals, and entertainment expenses if you reimburse your employees for these expenses under an accountable plan. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, the amount you can deduct for meals and entertainment is subject to a 50% limit, discussed later. Senior tax stimulus check If you are a sole proprietor, or are filing as a single member limited liability company, deduct the travel reimbursement on line 24a and the deductible part of the meals and entertainment reimbursement on line 24b, Schedule C (Form 1040) or line 2, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Senior tax stimulus check   If you are filing an income tax return for a corporation, include the reimbursement on the Other deductions line of Form 1120, U. Senior tax stimulus check S. Senior tax stimulus check Corporation Income Tax Return. Senior tax stimulus check If you are filing any other business income tax return, such as a partnership or S corporation return, deduct the reimbursement on the appropriate line of the return as provided in the instructions for that return. Senior tax stimulus check Table 11-1. Senior tax stimulus check Reporting Reimbursements IF the type of reimbursement (or other expense allowance) arrangement is under THEN the employer reports on Form W-2 An accountable plan with: Actual expense reimbursement:  Adequate accounting made and excess returned No amount. Senior tax stimulus check Actual expense reimbursement:  Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned The excess amount as wages in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate:  Adequate accounting made and excess returned No amount. Senior tax stimulus check Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate:  Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned The excess amount as wages in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check Per diem or mileage allowance exceeds the federal rate:  Adequate accounting made up to the federal rate only and excess not returned The excess amount as wages in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check A nonaccountable plan with: Either adequate accounting or return of excess, or both, not required by plan The entire amount as wages in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check No reimbursement plan The entire amount as wages in box 1. Senior tax stimulus check Per Diem and Car Allowances You can reimburse your employees under an accountable plan based on travel days, miles, or some other fixed allowance. Senior tax stimulus check In these cases, your employee is considered to have accounted to you for the amount of the expense that does not exceed the rates established by the federal government. Senior tax stimulus check Your employee must actually substantiate to you the other elements of the expense, such as time, place, and business purpose. Senior tax stimulus check Federal rate. Senior tax stimulus check   The federal rate can be figured using any one of the following methods. Senior tax stimulus check For car expenses: The standard mileage rate. Senior tax stimulus check A fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Senior tax stimulus check For per diem amounts: The regular federal per diem rate. Senior tax stimulus check The standard meal allowance. Senior tax stimulus check The high-low rate. Senior tax stimulus check Car allowance. Senior tax stimulus check   Your employee is considered to have accounted to you for car expenses that do not exceed the standard mileage rate. Senior tax stimulus check Beginning in 2013, the standard business mileage rate is 56. Senior tax stimulus check 5 cents per mile. Senior tax stimulus check   You can choose to reimburse your employees using a fixed and variable rate (FAVR) allowance. Senior tax stimulus check This is an allowance that includes a combination of payments covering fixed and variable costs, such as a cents-per-mile rate to cover your employees' variable operating costs (such as gas, oil, etc. Senior tax stimulus check ) plus a flat amount to cover your employees' fixed costs (such as depreciation, insurance, etc. Senior tax stimulus check ). Senior tax stimulus check For information on using a FAVR allowance, see Revenue Procedure 2010-51, available at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov/irb/2010-51_IRB/ar14. Senior tax stimulus check html and Notice 2012-72, available at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov/irb/2012-50_IRB/ar10. Senior tax stimulus check html. Senior tax stimulus check Per diem allowance. Senior tax stimulus check   If your employee actually substantiates to you the other elements (discussed earlier) of the expenses reimbursed using the per diem allowance, how you report and deduct the allowance depends on whether the allowance is for lodging and meal expenses or for meal expenses only and whether the allowance is more than the federal rate. Senior tax stimulus check Regular federal per diem rate. Senior tax stimulus check   The regular federal per diem rate is the highest amount the federal government will pay to its employees while away from home on travel. Senior tax stimulus check It has two components: Lodging expense, and Meal and incidental expense (M&IE). Senior tax stimulus check The rates are different for different locations. Senior tax stimulus check Publication 1542 lists the rates in the continental United States. Senior tax stimulus check Standard meal allowance. Senior tax stimulus check   The federal rate for meal and incidental expenses (M&IE) is the standard meal allowance. Senior tax stimulus check You can pay only an M&IE allowance to employees who travel away from home if: You pay the employee for actual expenses for lodging based on receipts submitted to you, You provide for the lodging, You pay for the actual expense of the lodging directly to the provider, You do not have a reasonable belief that lodging expenses were incurred by the employee, or The allowance is computed on a basis similar to that used in computing the employee's wages (that is, number of hours worked or miles traveled). Senior tax stimulus check Internet access. Senior tax stimulus check    Per diem rates are available on the Internet. Senior tax stimulus check You can access per diem rates at www. Senior tax stimulus check gsa. Senior tax stimulus check gov/perdiemrates. Senior tax stimulus check High-low method. Senior tax stimulus check   This is a simplified method of computing the federal per diem rate for travel within the continental United States. Senior tax stimulus check It eliminates the need to keep a current list of the per diem rate for each city. Senior tax stimulus check   Under the high-low method, the per diem amount for travel during January through September of 2013 is $242 ($65 for M&IE) for certain high-cost locations. Senior tax stimulus check All other areas have a per diem amount of $163 ($52 for M&IE). Senior tax stimulus check The high-cost locations eligible for the higher per diem amount under the high-low method are listed in Publication 1542. Senior tax stimulus check   Effective October 1, 2013, the per diem rate for high-cost locations increased to $251 ($65 for M&IE). Senior tax stimulus check The rate for all other locations increased to $170 ($52 for M&IE). Senior tax stimulus check For October, November, and December 2013, you can either continue to use the rates described in the preceding paragraph or change to the new rates. Senior tax stimulus check However, you must use the same rate for all employees reimbursed under the high-low method. Senior tax stimulus check   For more information about the high-low method, see Notice 2013-65, available at www. Senior tax stimulus check irs. Senior tax stimulus check gov/irb/2013-44_IRB/ar13. Senior tax stimulus check html. Senior tax stimulus check See Publication 1542 (available on the Internet at IRS. Senior tax stimulus check gov) for the current per diem rates for all locations. Senior tax stimulus check Reporting per diem and car allowances. Senior tax stimulus check   The following discussion explains how to report per diem and car allowances. Senior tax stimulus check The manner in which you report them depends on how the allowance compares to the federal rate. Senior tax stimulus check See Table 11-1. Senior tax stimulus check Allowance less than or equal to the federal rate. Senior tax stimulus check   If your allowance for the employee is less than or equal to the appropriate federal rate, that allowance is not included as part of the employee's pay in box 1 of the employee's Form W-2. Senior tax stimulus check Deduct the allowance as travel expenses (including meals that may be subject to the 50% limit, discussed later). Senior tax stimulus check See How to deduct under Accountable Plans, earlier. Senior tax stimulus check Allowance more than the federal rate. Senior tax stimulus check   If your employee's allowance is more than the appropriate federal rate, you must report the allowance as two separate items. Senior tax stimulus check   Include the allowance amount up to the federal rate in box 12 (code L) of the employee's Form W-2. Senior tax stimulus check Deduct it as travel expenses (as explained above). Senior tax stimulus check This part of the allowance is treated as reimbursed under an accountable plan. Senior tax stimulus check   Include the amount that is more than the federal rate in box 1 (and in boxes 3 and 5 if they apply) of the employee's Form W-2. Senior tax stimulus check Deduct it as wages subject to income tax withholding, social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment taxes. Senior tax stimulus check This part of the allowance is treated as reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan as explained later under Nonaccountable Plans. Senior tax stimulus check Meals and Entertainment Under an accountable plan, you can generally deduct only 50% of any otherwise deductible business-related meal and entertainment expenses you reimburse your employees. Senior tax stimulus check The deduction limit applies even if you reimburse them for 100% of the expenses. Senior tax stimulus check Application of the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check   The 50% deduction limit applies to reimbursements you make to your employees for expenses they incur for meals while traveling away from home on business and for entertaining business customers at your place of business, a restaurant, or another location. Senior tax stimulus check It applies to expenses incurred at a business convention or reception, business meeting, or business luncheon at a club. Senior tax stimulus check The deduction limit may also apply to meals you furnish on your premises to your employees. Senior tax stimulus check Related expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   Taxes and tips relating to a meal or entertainment activity you reimburse to your employee under an accountable plan are included in the amount subject to the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check Reimbursements you make for expenses, such as cover charges for admission to a nightclub, rent paid for a room to hold a dinner or cocktail party, or the amount you pay for parking at a sports arena, are all subject to the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check However, the cost of transportation to and from an otherwise allowable business meal or a business-related entertainment activity is not subject to the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check Amount subject to 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check   If you provide your employees with a per diem allowance only for meal and incidental expenses, the amount treated as an expense for food and beverages is the lesser of the following. Senior tax stimulus check The per diem allowance. Senior tax stimulus check The federal rate for M&IE. Senior tax stimulus check   If you provide your employees with a per diem allowance that covers lodging, meals, and incidental expenses, you must treat an amount equal to the federal M&IE rate for the area of travel as an expense for food and beverages. Senior tax stimulus check If the per diem allowance you provide is less than the federal per diem rate for the area of travel, you can treat 40% of the per diem allowance as the amount for food and beverages. Senior tax stimulus check Meal expenses when subject to “hours of service” limits. Senior tax stimulus check   You can deduct 80% of the cost of reimbursed meals your employees consume while away from their tax home on business during, or incident to, any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. Senior tax stimulus check   See Publication 463 for a detailed discussion of individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. Senior tax stimulus check De minimis (minimal) fringe benefit. Senior tax stimulus check   The 50% limit does not apply to an expense for food or beverage that is excluded from the gross income of an employee because it is a de minimis fringe benefit. Senior tax stimulus check See Publication 15-B for additional information on de minimis fringe benefits. Senior tax stimulus check Company cafeteria or executive dining room. Senior tax stimulus check   The cost of food and beverages you provide primarily to your employees on your business premises is deductible. Senior tax stimulus check This includes the cost of maintaining the facilities for providing the food and beverages. Senior tax stimulus check These expenses are subject to the 50% limit unless they qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit, as just discussed, or unless they are compensation to your employees (explained later). Senior tax stimulus check Employee activities. Senior tax stimulus check   The expense of providing recreational, social, or similar activities (including the use of a facility) for your employees is deductible and is not subject to the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check The benefit must be primarily for your employees who are not highly compensated. Senior tax stimulus check   For this purpose, a highly compensated employee is an employee who meets either of the following requirements. Senior tax stimulus check Owned a 10% or more interest in the business during the year or the preceding year. Senior tax stimulus check An employee is treated as owning any interest owned by his or her brother, sister, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Senior tax stimulus check Received more than $115,000 in pay for the preceding year. Senior tax stimulus check You can choose to include only employees who were also in the top 20% of employees when ranked by pay for the preceding year. Senior tax stimulus check   For example, the expenses for food, beverages, and entertainment for a company-wide picnic are not subject to the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check Meals or entertainment treated as compensation. Senior tax stimulus check   The 50% limit does not apply to either of the following. Senior tax stimulus check Expenses for meals or entertainment that you treat as: Compensation to an employee who was the recipient of the meals or entertainment, and Wages subject to withholding of federal income tax. Senior tax stimulus check Expenses for meals or entertainment if: A recipient of the meals or entertainment who is not your employee has to include the expenses in gross income as compensation for services or as a prize or award, and You include that amount on a Form 1099 issued to the recipient, if a Form 1099 is required. Senior tax stimulus check Sales of meals or entertainment. Senior tax stimulus check   You can deduct the cost of meals or entertainment (including the use of facilities) you sell to the public. Senior tax stimulus check For example, if you run a nightclub, your expense for the entertainment you furnish to your customers, such as a floor show, is a business expense that is fully deductible. Senior tax stimulus check The 50% limit does not apply to this expense. Senior tax stimulus check Providing meals or entertainment to general public to promote goodwill. Senior tax stimulus check   You can deduct the cost of providing meals, entertainment, or recreational facilities to the general public as a means of advertising or promoting goodwill in the community. Senior tax stimulus check The 50% limit does not apply to this expense. Senior tax stimulus check Director, stockholder, or employee meetings. Senior tax stimulus check   You can deduct entertainment expenses directly related to business meetings of your employees, partners, stockholders, agents, or directors. Senior tax stimulus check You can provide some minor social activities, but the main purpose of the meeting must be your company's business. Senior tax stimulus check These expenses are subject to the 50% limit. Senior tax stimulus check Trade association meetings. Senior tax stimulus check   You can deduct expenses directly related to and necessary for attending business meetings or conventions of certain tax-exempt organizations. Senior tax stimulus check These organizations include business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, and trade and professional associations. Senior tax stimulus check Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is an arrangement that does not meet the requirements for an accountable plan. Senior tax stimulus check All amounts paid, or treated as paid, under a nonaccountable plan are reported as wages on Form W-2. Senior tax stimulus check The payments are subject to income tax withholding, social security, Medicare, and federal unemployment taxes. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct the reimbursement as compensation or wages only to the extent it meets the deductibility tests for employees' pay in chapter 2. Senior tax stimulus check Deduct the allowable amount as compensation or wages on the appropriate line of your income tax return, as provided in its instructions. Senior tax stimulus check Miscellaneous Expenses In addition to travel, meal, and entertainment expenses, there are other expenses you can deduct. Senior tax stimulus check Advertising expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   You generally can deduct reasonable advertising expenses that are directly related to your business activities. Senior tax stimulus check Generally, you cannot deduct amounts paid to influence legislation (i. Senior tax stimulus check e. Senior tax stimulus check , lobbying). Senior tax stimulus check See Lobbying expenses , later. Senior tax stimulus check   You can usually deduct as a business expense the cost of institutional or goodwill advertising to keep your name before the public if it relates to business you reasonably expect to gain in the future. Senior tax stimulus check For example, the cost of advertising that encourages people to contribute to the Red Cross, to buy U. Senior tax stimulus check S. Senior tax stimulus check Savings Bonds, or to participate in similar causes is usually deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Anticipated liabilities. Senior tax stimulus check   Anticipated liabilities or reserves for anticipated liabilities are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check For example, assume you sold 1-year TV service contracts this year totaling $50,000. Senior tax stimulus check From experience, you know you will have expenses of about $15,000 in the coming year for these contracts. Senior tax stimulus check You cannot deduct any of the $15,000 this year by charging expenses to a reserve or liability account. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct your expenses only when you actually pay or accrue them, depending on your accounting method. Senior tax stimulus check Bribes and kickbacks. Senior tax stimulus check   Engaging in the payment of bribes or kickbacks is a serious criminal matter. Senior tax stimulus check Such activity could result in criminal prosecution. Senior tax stimulus check Any payments that appear to have been made, either directly or indirectly, to an official or employee of any government or an agency or instrumentality of any government are not deductible for tax purposes and are in violation of the law. Senior tax stimulus check   Payments paid directly or indirectly to a person in violation of any federal or state law (but only if that state law is generally enforced, defined below) that provides for a criminal penalty or for the loss of a license or privilege to engage in a trade or business are also not allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. Senior tax stimulus check Meaning of “generally enforced. Senior tax stimulus check ”   A state law is considered generally enforced unless it is never enforced or enforced only for infamous persons or persons whose violations are extraordinarily flagrant. Senior tax stimulus check For example, a state law is generally enforced unless proper reporting of a violation of the law results in enforcement only under unusual circumstances. Senior tax stimulus check Kickbacks. Senior tax stimulus check   A kickback is a payment for referring a client, patient, or customer. Senior tax stimulus check The common kickback situation occurs when money or property is given to someone as payment for influencing a third party to purchase from, use the services of, or otherwise deal with the person who pays the kickback. Senior tax stimulus check In many cases, the person whose business is being sought or enjoyed by the person who pays the kickback is not aware of the payment. Senior tax stimulus check   For example, the Yard Corporation is in the business of repairing ships. Senior tax stimulus check It returns 10% of the repair bills as kickbacks to the captains and chief officers of the vessels it repairs. Senior tax stimulus check Although this practice is considered an ordinary and necessary expense of getting business, it is clearly a violation of a state law that is generally enforced. Senior tax stimulus check These expenditures are not deductible for tax purposes, whether or not the owners of the shipyard are subsequently prosecuted. Senior tax stimulus check Form 1099-MISC. Senior tax stimulus check   It does not matter whether any kickbacks paid during the tax year are deductible on your income tax return in regards to information reporting. Senior tax stimulus check See Form 1099-MISC for more information. Senior tax stimulus check Car and truck expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   The costs of operating a car, truck, or other vehicle in your business are deductible. Senior tax stimulus check For more information on how to figure your deduction, see Publication 463. Senior tax stimulus check Charitable contributions. Senior tax stimulus check   Cash payments to an organization, charitable or otherwise, may be deductible as business expenses if the payments are not charitable contributions or gifts and are directly related to your business. Senior tax stimulus check If the payments are charitable contributions or gifts, you cannot deduct them as business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check However, corporations (other than S corporations) can deduct charitable contributions on their income tax returns, subject to limitations. Senior tax stimulus check See the Instructions for Form 1120 for more information. Senior tax stimulus check Sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, or shareholders in an S corporation may be able to deduct charitable contributions made by their business on Schedule A (Form 1040). Senior tax stimulus check Example. Senior tax stimulus check You paid $15 to a local church for a half-page ad in a program for a concert it is sponsoring. Senior tax stimulus check The purpose of the ad was to encourage readers to buy your products. Senior tax stimulus check Your payment is not a charitable contribution. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct it as an advertising expense. Senior tax stimulus check Example. Senior tax stimulus check You made a $100,000 donation to a committee organized by the local Chamber of Commerce to bring a convention to your city, intended to increase business activity, including yours. Senior tax stimulus check Your payment is not a charitable contribution. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct it as a business expense. Senior tax stimulus check See Publication 526 for a discussion of donated inventory, including capital gain property. Senior tax stimulus check Club dues and membership fees. Senior tax stimulus check   Generally, you cannot deduct amounts paid or incurred for membership in any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or any other social purpose. Senior tax stimulus check This includes country clubs, golf and athletic clubs, hotel clubs, sporting clubs, airline clubs, and clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. Senior tax stimulus check Exception. Senior tax stimulus check   The following organizations are not treated as clubs organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social purpose unless one of the main purposes is to conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests or to provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. Senior tax stimulus check Boards of trade. Senior tax stimulus check Business leagues. Senior tax stimulus check Chambers of commerce. Senior tax stimulus check Civic or public service organizations. Senior tax stimulus check Professional organizations such as bar associations and medical associations. Senior tax stimulus check Real estate boards. Senior tax stimulus check Trade associations. Senior tax stimulus check Credit card convenience fees. Senior tax stimulus check   Credit card companies charge a fee to businesses who accept their cards. Senior tax stimulus check This fee when paid or incurred by the business can be deducted as a business expense. Senior tax stimulus check Damages recovered. Senior tax stimulus check   Special rules apply to compensation you receive for damages sustained as a result of patent infringement, breach of contract or fiduciary duty, or antitrust violations. Senior tax stimulus check You must include this compensation in your income. Senior tax stimulus check However, you may be able to take a special deduction. Senior tax stimulus check The deduction applies only to amounts recovered for actual economic injury, not any additional amount. Senior tax stimulus check The deduction is the smaller of the following. Senior tax stimulus check The amount you received or accrued for damages in the tax year reduced by the amount you paid or incurred in the year to recover that amount. Senior tax stimulus check Your losses from the injury you have not deducted. Senior tax stimulus check Demolition expenses or losses. Senior tax stimulus check   Amounts paid or incurred to demolish a structure are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check These amounts are added to the basis of the land where the demolished structure was located. Senior tax stimulus check Any loss for the remaining undepreciated basis of a demolished structure would not be recognized until the property is disposed of. Senior tax stimulus check Education expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   Ordinary and necessary expenses paid for the cost of the education and training of your employees are deductible. Senior tax stimulus check See Education Expenses in chapter 2. Senior tax stimulus check   You can also deduct the cost of your own education (including certain related travel) related to your trade or business. Senior tax stimulus check You must be able to show the education maintains or improves skills required in your trade or business, or that it is required by law or regulations, for keeping your license to practice, status, or job. Senior tax stimulus check For example, an attorney can deduct the cost of attending Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes that are required by the state bar association to maintain his or her license to practice law. Senior tax stimulus check   Education expenses you incur to meet the minimum requirements of your present trade or business, or those that qualify you for a new trade or business, are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check This is true even if the education maintains or improves skills presently required in your business. Senior tax stimulus check For more information on education expenses, see Publication 970. Senior tax stimulus check Franchise, trademark, trade name. Senior tax stimulus check   If you buy a franchise, trademark, or trade name, you can deduct the amount you pay or incur as a business expense only if your payments are part of a series of payments that are: Contingent on productivity, use, or disposition of the item, Payable at least annually for the entire term of the transfer agreement, and Substantially equal in amount (or payable under a fixed formula). Senior tax stimulus check   When determining the term of the transfer agreement, include all renewal options and any other period for which you and the transferrer reasonably expect the agreement to be renewed. Senior tax stimulus check   A franchise includes an agreement that gives one of the parties to the agreement the right to distribute, sell, or provide goods, services, or facilities within a specified area. Senior tax stimulus check Impairment-related expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   If you are disabled, you can deduct expenses necessary for you to be able to work (impairment-related expenses) as a business expense, rather than as a medical expense. Senior tax stimulus check   You are disabled if you have either of the following. Senior tax stimulus check A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed. Senior tax stimulus check A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities. Senior tax stimulus check   The expense qualifies as a business expense if all the following apply. Senior tax stimulus check Your work clearly requires the expense for you to satisfactorily perform that work. Senior tax stimulus check The goods or services purchased are clearly not needed or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities. Senior tax stimulus check Their treatment is not specifically provided for under other tax law provisions. Senior tax stimulus check Example. Senior tax stimulus check You are blind. Senior tax stimulus check You must use a reader to do your work, both at and away from your place of work. Senior tax stimulus check The reader's services are only for your work. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct your expenses for the reader as a business expense. Senior tax stimulus check Internet-related expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   Generally, you can deduct internet-related expenses including domain registrations fees and webmaster consulting costs. Senior tax stimulus check If you are starting a business you may have to amortize these expenses as start-up costs. Senior tax stimulus check For more information about amortizing start-up and organizational costs, see chapter 8. Senior tax stimulus check Interview expense allowances. Senior tax stimulus check   Reimbursements you make to job candidates for transportation or other expenses related to interviews for possible employment are not wages. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct the reimbursements as a business expense. Senior tax stimulus check However, expenses for food, beverages, and entertainment are subject to the 50% limit discussed earlier under Meals and Entertainment. Senior tax stimulus check Legal and professional fees. Senior tax stimulus check   Fees charged by accountants and attorneys that are ordinary and necessary expenses directly related to operating your business are deductible as business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check However, usually legal fees you pay to acquire business assets are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check These costs are added to the basis of the property. Senior tax stimulus check   Fees that include payments for work of a personal nature (such as drafting a will, or damages arising from a personal injury) are not allowed as a business deduction on Schedule C or C-EZ. Senior tax stimulus check If the invoice includes both business and personal charges, compute the business portion as follows: multiply the total amount of the bill by a fraction, the numerator of which is the amount attributable to business matters, the denominator of which is the total amount paid. Senior tax stimulus check The result is the portion of the invoice attributable to business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check The portion attributable to personal matters is the difference between the total amount and the business portion (computed above). Senior tax stimulus check   Legal fees relating to personal tax advice may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040), if you itemize deductions. Senior tax stimulus check However, the deduction is subject to the 2% limitation on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Senior tax stimulus check See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Senior tax stimulus check Tax preparation fees. Senior tax stimulus check   The cost of hiring a tax professional, such as a C. Senior tax stimulus check P. Senior tax stimulus check A. Senior tax stimulus check , to prepare that part of your tax return relating to your business as a sole proprietor is deductible on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ. Senior tax stimulus check Any remaining cost may be deductible on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize deductions. Senior tax stimulus check   You can also claim a business deduction for amounts paid or incurred in resolving asserted tax deficiencies for your business operated as a sole proprietor. Senior tax stimulus check Licenses and regulatory fees. Senior tax stimulus check   Licenses and regulatory fees for your trade or business paid annually to state or local governments generally are deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Some licenses and fees may have to be amortized. Senior tax stimulus check See chapter 8 for more information. Senior tax stimulus check Lobbying expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   Generally, lobbying expenses are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Lobbying expenses include amounts paid or incurred for any of the following activities. Senior tax stimulus check Influencing legislation. Senior tax stimulus check Participating in or intervening in any political campaign for, or against, any candidate for public office. Senior tax stimulus check Attempting to influence the general public, or segments of the public, about elections, legislative matters, or referendums. Senior tax stimulus check Communicating directly with covered executive branch officials (defined later) in any attempt to influence the official actions or positions of those officials. Senior tax stimulus check Researching, preparing, planning, or coordinating any of the preceding activities. Senior tax stimulus check   Your expenses for influencing legislation and communicating directly with a covered executive branch official include a portion of your labor costs and general and administrative costs of your business. Senior tax stimulus check For information on making this allocation, see section 1. Senior tax stimulus check 162-28 of the regulations. Senior tax stimulus check   You cannot claim a charitable or business expense deduction for amounts paid to an organization if both of the following apply. Senior tax stimulus check The organization conducts lobbying activities on matters of direct financial interest to your business. Senior tax stimulus check A principal purpose of your contribution is to avoid the rules discussed earlier that prohibit a business deduction for lobbying expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   If a tax-exempt organization, other than a section 501(c)(3) organization, provides you with a notice on the part of dues that is allocable to nondeductible lobbying and political expenses, you cannot deduct that part of the dues. Senior tax stimulus check Covered executive branch official. Senior tax stimulus check   For purposes of this discussion, a covered executive branch official is any of the following. Senior tax stimulus check The President. Senior tax stimulus check The Vice President. Senior tax stimulus check Any officer or employee of the White House Office of the Executive Office of the President and the two most senior level officers of each of the other agencies in the Executive Office. Senior tax stimulus check Any individual who: Is serving in a position in Level I of the Executive Schedule under section 5312 of title 5, United States Code, Has been designated by the President as having Cabinet-level status, or Is an immediate deputy of an individual listed in item (a) or (b). Senior tax stimulus check Exceptions to denial of deduction. Senior tax stimulus check   The general denial of the deduction does not apply to the following. Senior tax stimulus check Expenses of appearing before, or communicating with, any committee or member of any local council or similar governing body concerning its legislation (local legislation) if the legislation is of direct interest to you or to you and an organization of which you are a member. Senior tax stimulus check An Indian tribal government is treated as a local council or similar governing body. Senior tax stimulus check Any in-house expenses for influencing legislation and communicating directly with a covered executive branch official if those expenses for the tax year do not exceed $2,000 (excluding overhead expenses). Senior tax stimulus check Expenses incurred by taxpayers engaged in the trade or business of lobbying (professional lobbyists) on behalf of another person (but does apply to payments by the other person to the lobbyist for lobbying activities). Senior tax stimulus check Moving machinery. Senior tax stimulus check   Generally, the cost of moving machinery from one city to another is a deductible expense. Senior tax stimulus check So is the cost of moving machinery from one plant to another, or from one part of your plant to another. Senior tax stimulus check You can deduct the cost of installing the machinery in the new location. Senior tax stimulus check However, you must capitalize the costs of installing or moving newly purchased machinery. Senior tax stimulus check Outplacement services. Senior tax stimulus check   The costs of outplacement services you provide to your employees to help them find new employment, such as career counseling, résumé assistance, skills assessment, etc. Senior tax stimulus check are deductible. Senior tax stimulus check   The costs of outplacement services may cover more than one deduction category. Senior tax stimulus check For example, deduct as a utilities expense the cost of telephone calls made under this service and deduct as rental expense the cost of renting machinery and equipment for this service. Senior tax stimulus check   For information on whether the value of outplacement services is includable in your employees' income, see Publication 15-B. Senior tax stimulus check Penalties and fines. Senior tax stimulus check   Penalties paid for late performance or nonperformance of a contract are generally deductible. Senior tax stimulus check For instance, you own and operate a construction company. Senior tax stimulus check Under a contract, you are to finish construction of a building by a certain date. Senior tax stimulus check Due to construction delays, the building is not completed and ready for occupancy on the date stipulated in the contract. Senior tax stimulus check You are now required to pay an additional amount for each day that completion is delayed beyond the completion date stipulated in the contract. Senior tax stimulus check These additional costs are deductible business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check   On the other hand, penalties or fines paid to any government agency or instrumentality because of a violation of any law are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check These fines or penalties include the following amounts. Senior tax stimulus check Paid because of a conviction for a crime or after a plea of guilty or no contest in a criminal proceeding. Senior tax stimulus check Paid as a penalty imposed by federal, state, or local law in a civil action, including certain additions to tax and additional amounts and assessable penalties imposed by the Internal Revenue Code. Senior tax stimulus check Paid in settlement of actual or possible liability for a fine or penalty, whether civil or criminal. Senior tax stimulus check Forfeited as collateral posted for a proceeding that could result in a fine or penalty. Senior tax stimulus check   Examples of nondeductible penalties and fines include the following. Senior tax stimulus check Fines for violating city housing codes. Senior tax stimulus check Fines paid by truckers for violating state maximum highway weight laws. Senior tax stimulus check Fines for violating air quality laws. Senior tax stimulus check Civil penalties for violating federal laws regarding mining safety standards and discharges into navigable waters. Senior tax stimulus check   A fine or penalty does not include any of the following. Senior tax stimulus check Legal fees and related expenses to defend yourself in a prosecution or civil action for a violation of the law imposing the fine or civil penalty. Senior tax stimulus check Court costs or stenographic and printing charges. Senior tax stimulus check Compensatory damages paid to a government. Senior tax stimulus check Political contributions. Senior tax stimulus check   Contributions or gifts paid to political parties or candidates are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check In addition, expenses paid or incurred to take part in any political campaign of a candidate for public office are not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Indirect political contributions. Senior tax stimulus check   You cannot deduct indirect political contributions and costs of taking part in political activities as business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check Examples of nondeductible expenses include the following. Senior tax stimulus check Advertising in a convention program of a political party, or in any other publication if any of the proceeds from the publication are for, or intended for, the use of a political party or candidate. Senior tax stimulus check Admission to a dinner or program (including, but not limited to, galas, dances, film presentations, parties, and sporting events) if any of the proceeds from the function are for, or intended for, the use of a political party or candidate. Senior tax stimulus check Admission to an inaugural ball, gala, parade, concert, or similar event if identified with a political party or candidate. Senior tax stimulus check Repairs. Senior tax stimulus check   The cost of repairing or improving property used in your trade or business is either a deductible or capital expense. Senior tax stimulus check Routine maintenance that keeps your property in a normal efficient operating condition, but that does not materially increase the value or substantially prolong the useful life of the property, is deductible in the year that it is incurred. Senior tax stimulus check Otherwise, the cost must be capitalized and depreciated. Senior tax stimulus check See Form 4562 and its instructions for how to compute and claim the depreciation deduction. Senior tax stimulus check   The cost of repairs includes the costs of labor, supplies, and certain other items. Senior tax stimulus check The value of your own labor is not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Examples of repairs include: Reconditioning floors (but not replacement), Repainting the interior and exterior walls of a building, Cleaning and repairing roofs and gutters, and Fixing plumbing leaks (but not replacement of fixtures). Senior tax stimulus check Repayments. Senior tax stimulus check   If you had to repay an amount you included in your income in an earlier year, you may be able to deduct the amount repaid for the year in which you repaid it. Senior tax stimulus check Or, if the amount you repaid is more than $3,000, you may be able to take a credit against your tax for the year in which you repaid it. Senior tax stimulus check Type of deduction. Senior tax stimulus check   The type of deduction you are allowed in the year of repayment depends on the type of income you included in the earlier year. Senior tax stimulus check For instance, if you repay an amount you previously reported as a capital gain, deduct the repayment as a capital loss on Form 8949. Senior tax stimulus check If you reported it as self-employment income, deduct it as a business deduction on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) or Schedule F (Form 1040). Senior tax stimulus check   If you reported the amount as wages, unemployment compensation, or other nonbusiness ordinary income, enter it on Schedule A (Form 1040) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction that is subject to the 2% limitation. Senior tax stimulus check However, if the repayment is over $3,000 and Method 1 (discussed later) applies, deduct it on Schedule A (Form 1040) as a miscellaneous itemized deduction that is not subject to the 2% limitation. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment—$3,000 or less. Senior tax stimulus check   If the amount you repaid was $3,000 or less, deduct it from your income in the year you repaid it. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment—over $3,000. Senior tax stimulus check   If the amount you repaid was more than $3,000, you can deduct the repayment, as described earlier. Senior tax stimulus check However, you can instead choose to take a tax credit for the year of repayment if you included the income under a “claim of right. Senior tax stimulus check ” This means that at the time you included the income, it appeared that you had an unrestricted right to it. Senior tax stimulus check If you qualify for this choice, figure your tax under both methods and use the method that results in less tax. Senior tax stimulus check Method 1. Senior tax stimulus check   Figure your tax for 2013 claiming a deduction for the repaid amount. Senior tax stimulus check Method 2. Senior tax stimulus check   Figure your tax for 2013 claiming a credit for the repaid amount. Senior tax stimulus check Follow these steps. Senior tax stimulus check Figure your tax for 2013 without deducting the repaid amount. Senior tax stimulus check Refigure your tax from the earlier year without including in income the amount you repaid in 2013. Senior tax stimulus check Subtract the tax in (2) from the tax shown on your return for the earlier year. Senior tax stimulus check This is the amount of your credit. Senior tax stimulus check Subtract the answer in (3) from the tax for 2013 figured without the deduction (step 1). Senior tax stimulus check   If Method 1 results in less tax, deduct the amount repaid as discussed earlier under Type of deduction. Senior tax stimulus check   If Method 2 results in less tax, claim the credit on line 71 of Form 1040, and write “I. Senior tax stimulus check R. Senior tax stimulus check C. Senior tax stimulus check 1341” next to line 71. Senior tax stimulus check Example. Senior tax stimulus check For 2012, you filed a return and reported your income on the cash method. Senior tax stimulus check In 2013, you repaid $5,000 included in your 2012 gross income under a claim of right. Senior tax stimulus check Your filing status in 2013 and 2012 is single. Senior tax stimulus check Your income and tax for both years are as follows:   2012  With Income 2012  Without Income Taxable Income $15,000 $10,000 Tax $ 1,819 $ 1,069   2013  Without Deduction 2013  With Deduction Taxable Income $49,950 $44,950 Tax $8,423 $7,173 Your tax under Method 1 is $7,173. Senior tax stimulus check Your tax under Method 2 is $7,673, figured as follows: Tax previously determined for 2012 $ 1,819 Less: Tax as refigured − 1,069 Decrease in 2012 tax $ 750 Regular tax liability for 2013 $8,423 Less: Decrease in 2012 tax − 750 Refigured tax for 2013 $ 7,673 Because you pay less tax under Method 1, you should take a deduction for the repayment in 2013. Senior tax stimulus check Repayment does not apply. Senior tax stimulus check   This discussion does not apply to the following. Senior tax stimulus check Deductions for bad debts. Senior tax stimulus check Deductions from sales to customers, such as returns and allowances, and similar items. Senior tax stimulus check Deductions for legal and other expenses of contesting the repayment. Senior tax stimulus check Year of deduction (or credit). Senior tax stimulus check   If you use the cash method of accounting, you can take the deduction (or credit, if applicable) for the tax year in which you actually make the repayment. Senior tax stimulus check If you use any other accounting method, you can deduct the repayment or claim a credit for it only for the tax year in which it is a proper deduction under your accounting method. Senior tax stimulus check For example, if you use the accrual method, you are entitled to the deduction or credit in the tax year in which the obligation for the repayment accrues. Senior tax stimulus check Subscriptions. Senior tax stimulus check   Subscriptions to professional, technical, and trade journals that deal with your business field are deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Supplies and materials. Senior tax stimulus check   Unless you have deducted the cost in any earlier year, you generally can deduct the cost of materials and supplies actually consumed and used during the tax year. Senior tax stimulus check   If you keep incidental materials and supplies on hand, you can deduct the cost of the incidental materials and supplies you bought during the tax year if all the following requirements are met. Senior tax stimulus check You do not keep a record of when they are used. Senior tax stimulus check You do not take an inventory of the amount on hand at the beginning and end of the tax year. Senior tax stimulus check This method does not distort your income. Senior tax stimulus check   You can also deduct the cost of books, professional instruments, equipment, etc. Senior tax stimulus check , if you normally use them within a year. Senior tax stimulus check However, if the usefulness of these items extends substantially beyond the year they are placed in service, you generally must recover their costs through depreciation. Senior tax stimulus check For more information regarding depreciation see Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Senior tax stimulus check Utilities. Senior tax stimulus check   Business expenses for heat, lights, power, telephone service, and water and sewerage are deductible. Senior tax stimulus check However, any part due to personal use is not deductible. Senior tax stimulus check Telephone. Senior tax stimulus check   You cannot deduct the cost of basic local telephone service (including any taxes) for the first telephone line you have in your home, even if you have an office in your home. Senior tax stimulus check However, charges for business long-distance phone calls on that line, as well as the cost of a second line into your home used exclusively for business, are deductible business expenses. Senior tax stimulus check Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications