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Form 8913 is used to request a credit or refund of the federal excise tax paid on long distance or bundled telephone service
that was billed after
February 28, 2003, and before August 1, 2006. You cannot request a credit or refund for the tax paid on local-only service
or charges in connection
with local-only service. See Definitions on
You may request a credit or refund if you:
Have not received from the service provider a credit or refund of the tax paid on long distance or bundled service billed after February 28, 2003, and before August 1, 2006, and
Will not ask the service provider for a credit or refund or have withdrawn any request submitted to the provider for a credit or refund.
Requests cannot be filed on Form 8849, Form 720, or Form 843 for this credit or refund; the IRS will not process these claims. If you filed a claim prior to May 25, 2006, you or your representative should have received a letter from the IRS explaining how your claim will be processed. If you or your representative have not received a letter or an IRS agent has not contacted you, call toll-free 1-866-699-4096 for assistance.
There are two methods to figure your credit or refund on Form 8913.
Figure your actual credit or refund. You will need your phone bills for the 41-month refund period.
If eligible, you can figure your actual credit or refund using the Business and Nonprofit Estimation Method.
All of the following must file Form 8913 if they want to request a credit or refund of the federal telephone excise tax.
All corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and nonprofit organizations.
Any individual who can be claimed as a dependent by someone else. A person who can be claimed as a dependent is eligible to request a credit or refund of the telephone excise tax if the dependent paid the tax on long distance or bundled service. However, the dependent must file Form 8913 and figure the actual amount of credit or refund. A dependent cannot request the standard amount.
Standard amounts are available for individuals to request a credit or refund of the tax instead of figuring the actual amount
on Form 8913. See the
2006 Instructions for
Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR, Form 1040-SS, or new Form 1040EZ-T, Request for Refund of Federal Telephone Excise Tax. However, individuals who want to request a credit or refund greater than the standard amount must file Form 8913. Individuals filing Schedule C, Schedule C-EZ, Schedule E, Schedule F, or Form 4835 may benefit by figuring the actual amount of credit or refund on Form 8913.
If a taxpayer died after 2005 but before filing a return for 2006, the taxpayer's spouse or personal representative may have to file Form 8913 (if he or she is not requesting the standard amount) and attach it to the individual income tax return for that taxpayer or to Form 1040EZ-T. For more information on filing for a deceased taxpayer, see the instructions for your individual tax return.
If the taxpayer died before 2006, Form 1041 must be filed for 2006, even if the estate is closed. Attach Form 8913 to that return.
If an entity was the subject of a merger or acquisition and it will not be filing a 2006 income tax return, the surviving or acquiring corporation must include on its Form 8913 any tax for the months of the refund period the dissolved entity was in existence and paid the tax. If the entity is no longer in business or is no longer in existence, the transferee must file Form 8913. The transferee must include any tax on long distance or bundled service from the entity no longer in existence with the transferee's own Form 8913.
A service provider is the person responsible for paying over the tax to the government, generally the telecommunications company
communications services to the taxpayer. A provider cannot use Form 8913 to request a credit or refund for long distance or
bundled service billed to
customers of the provider. See the Instructions for
Providers may request a credit or refund on Form 8913 for long distance or bundled service billed to the provider.
Do not attach any phone bills or other records to Form 8913. However, all taxpayers must keep records to support the credit or refund request.
Local-only service means (a) access to a local telephone system (but not private communications service) and the privilege of telephonic quality communication with substantially all persons having telephone or radio telephone stations constituting a part of such local telephone system, and (b) any facility or service provided in connection with such a service.
Local-only service includes the charges for the following services, even though they may be connected with long distance service.
Automatic call distributing equipment.
Subscriber line charge (or access charge if separately stated).
A universal service fee charge is considered local-only service if it is separately stated on the bill for local-only service.
If local and long distance service is billed to a customer on a single bill, but the charges for local-only service and long distance service are separately stated, then the amount for local-only service is subject to the 3% communications excise tax.
Bundled service is local and long distance service provided under a plan that does not separately state the charge for the local telephone service. Bundled service includes plans that provide both local and long distance service for either a flat monthly fee or a charge that varies with the elapsed transmission time for which the service is used. Telecommunications companies provide bundled service for both landlines and wireless (cellular) service. If Voice over Internet Protocol service provides both local and long distance service and the charges are not separately stated, such service is bundled service.
The method for sending or receiving a call, such as on a landline telephone, wireless (cellular), or some other method, does not affect whether a service is local-only or bundled.
A PTC will be treated as bundled service unless a PTC expressly states it is for local-only service. Generally, the person responsible for collecting the tax is the carrier who transfers the PTC to the transferee. The transferee is the first person that is not a carrier to whom a PTC is transferred by the carrier. The transferee is the person liable for the tax and is eligible to request a credit or refund. For more information, see Regulations section 49.4251-4.
The holder is the person that purchases a PTC to use and not to resell. Holders are not liable for the tax and cannot request a credit or refund.
Z purchases a PTC from S. Z uses the PTC to place telephone calls. Z is a holder and cannot request a credit or refund.
S purchased the PTC from O. O is a transferee that purchased the card from R. R is a carrier. O is eligible to request a credit or refund. S cannot request a credit or refund because S did not purchase the PTC from the carrier.
For more information, see Notice 2006-50, which is available on page 1141 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-25 at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb06-25.pdf.
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