Publication 907 - Introductory Material Future Developments What’s New Reminder Introduction Comments and suggestions. Getting answers to your tax questions. Getting tax forms, instructions, and publications. Ordering tax forms, instructions, and publications. Publication 907 - Main Contents Income Dependent Care Benefits Exclusion or deduction. Statement for employee. Qualifying person(s). Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits Are any of your benefits taxable? Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Disability Pensions Terrorist attacks. Retirement and profit-sharing plans. Accrued leave payment. Military and Government Disability Pensions VA disability benefits. Other Payments Long-Term Care Insurance Accelerated Death Benefits Itemized Deductions Medical Expenses Impairment-Related Work Expenses Impairment-related expenses defined. Tax Credits Child and Dependent Care Credit Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Earned Income Credit Qualifying child. Earned income. More information. Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions Can you claim the credit? Full-time student. Adjusted gross income. Eligible contributions. Reducing eligible contributions. Distributions received by spouse. Testing period. Maximum eligible contributions. Effect on other credits. More information on how to figure and report the credit. Household Employers Business Tax Incentives ABLE Account Overview. Who can establish an ABLE account and what are the requirements? Loss of eligible individual status. Example. Contribution limitation. What if amounts contributed to your ABLE account are greater than the annual contribution limit? What if your ABLE account exceeds the cumulative limit? Distributions. Example. Rollovers, program-to-program transfers, and beneficiary changes. Rollover. Program-to-program transfer. Change of designated beneficiary. Rollover from section 529 tuition account to section 529A ABLE account. Information returns for ABLE accounts. Form 1099-QA, Distributions From ABLE Accounts. Form 5498-QA, ABLE Account Contribution Information. How To Get Tax Help Preparing and filing your tax return. Free options for tax preparation. Using online tools to help prepare your return. Need someone to prepare your tax return? Advance child tax credit payments. Coronavirus. Employers can register to use Business Services Online. IRS social media. Watching IRS videos. Online tax information in other languages. Free Over-the-Phone Interpreter (OPI) Service. Accessibility Helpline available for taxpayers with disabilities. Getting tax forms and publications. Getting tax publications and instructions in eBook format. Access your online account (individual taxpayers only). Tax Pro Account. Using direct deposit. Getting a transcript of your return. Reporting and resolving your tax-related identity theft issues. Ways to check on the status of your refund. Making a tax payment. What if I can’t pay now? Filing an amended return. Checking the status of your amended return. Understanding an IRS notice or letter you’ve received. Contacting your local IRS office. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) Is Here To Help You What Is TAS? How Can You Learn About Your Taxpayer Rights? What Can TAS Do for You? How Can You Reach TAS? How Else Does TAS Help Taxpayers? TAS for Tax Professionals Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) Publication 907 (2021), Tax Highlights for Persons With Disabilities For use in preparing 2021 Returns Publication 907 - Introductory Material Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Pub. 907, such as legislation enacted after this publication was published, go to IRS.gov/Pub907. What’s New Annual contribution limit. For 2021, the maximum amount that can be contributed to your ABLE account remains at $15,000. Certain employed ABLE account beneficiaries may contribute a limited additional amount. See Contribution limitation, later. Increased exclusion for employer-provided dependent care for 2021 only. The amount of employer-provided dependent care benefits employees can exclude from their 2021 (only) gross income is increased to $10,500 ($5,250 if married filing separately). See Notice 2021-26. Retirement savings contributions credit (saver’s credit) income limits increased. For 2021, your modified adjusted gross income must be not more than $33,000 ($66,000 if married filing jointly; $49,500 if head of household). See Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, later. Reminder 2022 ABLE account changes on IRS.gov. See Treasury Decision (TD) 9923 (final regulations on IRS.gov), which finalized ABLE account regulations first proposed in 2015 and 2019. For changes affecting your 2022 return, such as the contribution limit, go to IRS.gov/Pub907 for those updates. Introduction An ABLE account. The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE) was enacted to help people with disabilities or who are blind save money in a tax-favored ABLE account to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. Compare ABLE programs on the websites of state governments to see which program is best suited for you. See ABLE Account, later.My Social Security account. Social security beneficiaries can obtain helpful information from the Social Security Administration's website with a my Social Security account. See Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits, later. This publication concerns people with disabilities and those who care for them. It includes highlights about: Income, Itemized deductions, Tax credits, Household employers, Business tax incentives, and ABLE accounts. You will find most of the information you need to complete your tax return in its instructions. 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If you have a tax question not answered by this publication or the How To Get Tax Help section at the end of this publication, go to the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant page at IRS.gov/Help/ITA where you can find topics by using the search feature or viewing the categories listed. Getting tax forms, instructions, and publications. Go to IRS.gov/Forms to download current and prior-year forms, instructions, and publications. Ordering tax forms, instructions, and publications. Go to IRS.gov/OrderForms to order current forms, instructions, and publications; call 800-829-3676 to order prior-year forms and instructions. The IRS will process your order for forms and publications as soon as possible. Don’t resubmit requests you’ve already sent us. You can get forms and publications faster online. Publication 907 - Main Contents Income All income is taxable unless it is specifically excluded by law. The following discussions highlight some taxable and nontaxable income items. For information about distributions from an ABLE account, see ABLE Account, later. Dependent Care Benefits Dependent care benefits include the following. Amounts your employer paid directly to you or your care provider for the care of your qualifying person(s) while you worked. The fair market value of care in a daycare facility provided or sponsored by your employer. Pre-tax contributions you made under a dependent care flexible spending arrangement. Exclusion or deduction. If your employer provides dependent care benefits under a qualified plan, you may be able to exclude these benefits from your income. Your employer can tell you whether your benefit plan qualifies. To claim the exclusion, you must complete Part III of Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. If you are self-employed and receive benefits from a qualified dependent care benefit plan, you are treated as both employer and employee. Therefore, you wouldn’t get an exclusion from wages. Instead, you would get a deduction on one of the following Form 1040 or 1040-SR schedules: Schedule C, line 14; Schedule E, line 19 or 28; or Schedule F, line 15. To claim the deduction, you must use Form 2441. The amount you can exclude or deduct is limited to the smallest of the following. The total amount of dependent care benefits you received during the year. The total amount of qualified expenses you incurred during the year. Your earned income. Your spouse's earned income. For 2021 only: $10,500 ($5,250 if married filing separately). Statement for employee. Your employer must give you a Form W-2 (or similar statement) showing in box 10 the total amount of dependent care benefits provided to you during the year under a qualified plan. Your employer will also include any dependent care benefits over $10,500 for 2021 in your wages shown on your Form W-2 in box 1. Qualifying person(s). A qualifying person is any of the following. A qualifying child who is under age 13 whom you can claim as a dependent. If the child turned 13 during the year, the child is a qualifying person for the part of the year he or she was under age 13. Your disabled spouse who isn’t physically or mentally able to care for themselves. Any disabled person who wasn’t physically or mentally able to care for themselves whom you can claim as a dependent (or could claim as a dependent except that the person had gross income of $4,300 or more or filed a joint return). Any disabled person who wasn’t physically or mentally able to care for themselves whom you could claim as a dependent except that you (or your spouse if filing jointly) could be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer's 2021 return. For information about excluding benefits on Form 1040, 1040-SR, or Form 1040-NR, see Form 2441 and its instructions. Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits My Social Security account. Social security beneficiaries may quickly and easily obtain the following information from the Social Security Administration's website with a my Social Security account. Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year. Get an estimate of your future benefits if you are still working. Get a letter with proof of your benefits if you currently receive them. Change your address. Start or change your direct deposit. Get a replacement Medicare card. Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for the tax season. For more information and to set up an account, go to SSA.gov/MyAccount. If you received social security or equivalent Tier 1 railroad retirement (RRTA) benefits during the year, part of the amount you received may be taxable. Are any of your benefits taxable? If the only income you received during the year was your social security or equivalent Tier 1 RRTA benefits, your benefits are generally not taxable. If you received income during the year in addition to social security or equivalent Tier 1 RRTA benefits, part of your benefits may be taxable if all of your other income, including tax-exempt interest, plus half of your benefits are more than: $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er); $25,000 if you are married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for all of 2021; $32,000 if you are married filing jointly; or $0 if you are married filing separately and lived with your spouse at any time during 2021. For more information, see the instructions for Form 1040 or 1040-SR, lines 6a and 6b, and Pub. 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Social security benefits don’t include SSI payments, which aren’t taxable. Don’t include these payments in your income. Disability Pensions If you retired on disability, you must include in income any disability pension you receive under a plan that is paid for by your employer. You must report your taxable disability payments as wages on line 1 of Form 1040 or 1040-SR until you reach minimum retirement age. Minimum retirement age is generally the age at which you can first receive a pension or annuity if you aren’t disabled. .You may be entitled to a tax credit if you were permanently and totally disabled when you retired. See Pub. 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.. Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension or annuity. Report the payments on Form 1040 or 1040-SR, lines 5a and 5b. See Pub. 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Terrorist attacks. Don’t include in your income disability payments you receive for injuries incurred as a direct result of terrorist attacks directed against the United States (or its allies), whether outside or within the United States. In the case of the September 11 attacks, injuries eligible for coverage by the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund are treated as incurred as a direct result of the attack. However, you must include in your income any amounts that you received that you would have received in retirement had you not become disabled as a result of a terrorist attack. Accordingly, you must include in your income any payments you receive from a 401(k), pension, or other retirement plan to the extent that you would have received the amount at the same or later time regardless of whether you had become disabled. .Contact the company or agency making these payments if it incorrectly reports your payments as taxable income to the IRS on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., to request that it reissue the form to report some or all of these payments as nontaxable income in box 12 (under code J) of Form W-2, or in box 1 of Form 1099-R but not in box 2a. If income taxes are being incorrectly withheld from these payments, you may also submit Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments, to the company or agency to stop the withholding of income taxes from the payments.. Disability payments you receive for injuries not incurred as a direct result of a terrorist attack, or for illnesses or diseases not resulting from an injury incurred as a direct result of a terrorist attack, cannot be excluded from your income under this provision, but may be excludable for other reasons as described in this publication. Retirement and profit-sharing plans. If you receive payments from a retirement or profit-sharing plan that doesn’t provide for disability retirement, don’t treat the payments as a disability pension. The payments must be reported as a pension or annuity. Accrued leave payment. If you retire on disability, any lump-sum payment you receive for accrued annual leave is a salary payment. The payment isn’t a disability payment. Include it in your income in the tax year you receive it. See Pub. 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Military and Government Disability Pensions Generally, you must report disability pensions as income, but don’t include certain military and government disability pensions. See Pub. 525. VA disability benefits. Don’t include disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in your gross income. If you are a military retiree and don’t receive your disability benefits from the VA, see Pub. 525 for more information. Don’t include in your income any veterans' benefits paid under any law, regulation, or administrative practice administered by the VA. These include: Education, training, and subsistence allowances; Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to veterans or their families; Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living; Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs; Veterans' insurance proceeds and dividends paid to veterans or their beneficiaries, including the proceeds of a veteran's endowment policy paid before death; Interest on insurance dividends left on deposit with the VA; Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program; The death gratuity paid to a survivor of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who died after September 10, 2001; or Payments made under the VA's compensated work therapy program. Other Payments You may receive other payments that are related to your disability. The following payments aren’t taxable. Benefit payments from a public welfare fund, such as payments due to blindness. Workers' compensation for an occupational sickness or injury if paid under a workers' compensation act or similar law. Compensatory (but not punitive) damages for physical injury or physical sickness. Disability benefits under a “no-fault” car insurance policy for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injuries. Compensation for permanent loss or loss of use of a part or function of your body, or for your permanent disfigurement. Long-Term Care Insurance Long-term care insurance contracts are generally treated as accident and health insurance contracts. Amounts you receive from them (other than policyholder dividends or premium refunds) are generally excludable from income as amounts received for personal injury or sickness. See Pub. 525. Accelerated Death Benefits You can exclude from income accelerated death benefits you receive on the life of an insured individual if certain requirements are met. Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured. These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. This exclusion applies only if the insured was a terminally ill individual or a chronically ill individual. See Pub. 525. Itemized Deductions If you file Form 1040 or 1040-SR, to lower your taxable income, you can generally claim the standard deduction or itemize your deductions, such as medical expenses, using Schedule A (Form 1040). For impairment-related work expenses, use the appropriate business form (1040 Schedules C, E, and F; or Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses). Medical Expenses When figuring your deduction for medical expenses, you can generally include medical and dental expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. Medical expenses are the cost of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, and transportation for needed medical care and payments for medical insurance. You can deduct only the amount of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income shown on Form 1040 or 1040-SR, line 11. The following list highlights some of the medical expenses you can include in figuring your medical expense deduction. Artificial limbs, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. The part of the cost of Braille books and magazines that is more than the price of regular printed editions. Cost and repair of special telephone equipment for hearing-impaired persons. Cost of a wheelchair used mainly for the relief of sickness or disability, and not just to provide transportation to and from work. The cost of operating and maintaining the wheelchair is also a medical expense. Cost and care of a guide dog or other animal aiding a person with a physical disability. Costs for a school that furnishes special education if a principal reason for using the school is its resources for relieving a mental or physical disability. This includes the cost of teaching Braille and lip reading and the cost of remedial language training to correct a condition caused by a birth defect. Premiums for qualified long-term care insurance, up to certain amounts. Improvements to a home that do not increase its value if the main purpose is medical care. An example is constructing entrance or exit ramps. .Improvements that increase a home's value, if the main purpose is medical care, may be partly included as a medical expense. See Pub. 502, Medical and Dental Expenses.. Impairment-Related Work Expenses If you are disabled, you can take a business deduction for expenses that are necessary for you to be able to work. If you take a business deduction for these impairment-related work expenses, they are not subject to the 7.5% limit that applies to medical expenses. You are disabled if you have: A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed; or A physical or mental impairment (including, but not limited to, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. Impairment-related expenses defined. Impairment-related expenses are those ordinary and necessary business expenses that are: Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily; For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities; and Not specifically covered under other income tax laws. See Pub. 502. Tax Credits This discussion highlights four tax credits which may lower your tax due and may be refundable. Child and Dependent Care Credit If you pay someone to care for your dependent under age 13 or your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for themselves, you may be able to get a credit of up to 50% of your expenses. To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work. The care must be provided for: Your qualifying child who is your dependent and who was under age 13 when the care was provided; Your spouse who was not physically or mentally able to care for themselves and lived with you for more than half the year; or A person who was not physically or mentally able to care for themselves, lived with you for more than half the year, and either: Was your dependent; or Would have been your dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $4,300 or more; He or she filed a joint return; or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2021 return. You can claim the credit on Form 1040 or 1040-SR. You figure the credit on Form 2441. For 2021 the credit is refundable if you meet certain residency requirements. For more information, see the instructions for Schedule 3 (Form 1040), line 2, and Pub. 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled You may be able to claim this credit if you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien and either of the following applies. You were 65 or older at the end of 2021. You were under 65 at the end of 2021, and retired on permanent or total disability. You can claim the credit on Form 1040 or 1040-SR. You figure the credit on Schedule R (Form 1040), Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. For more information, see the instructions for Schedule 3 (Form 1040), line 6d, and Pub. 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Earned Income Credit This credit is for people who work and have a qualifying child or who meet other qualifications. You can get the credit if your adjusted gross income for 2021 is less than: $21,430 ($27,380 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child, $42,158 ($48,108 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, $47,915 ($53,865 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children, or $51,464 ($57,414 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children. To figure the credit, use the worksheet in the Instructions for Form 1040. If you have a qualifying child, also complete Schedule EIC (Form 1040), Earned Income Credit, and attach it to your Form 1040 or 1040-SR. Qualifying child. To be a qualifying child, your child must be younger than you (or your spouse if married filing jointly) and under age 19 or a full-time student under age 24 at the end of 2021, or permanently and totally disabled at any time during 2021, regardless of age. Earned income. If you are retired on disability, benefits you receive under your employer's disability retirement plan are considered earned income until you reach minimum retirement age. However, payments you received from a disability insurance policy that you paid the premiums for are not earned income. More information. For more information, including all the requirements to claim the earned income credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or 1040-SR, line 27a, and Pub. 596, Earned Income Credit. Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions You may be able to claim the credit for qualified retirement savings contributions (also known as the saver’s credit) of up to $1,000 (up to $2,000 if filing jointly) if you make eligible contributions to your ABLE account. This is a nonrefundable credit, which means the amount of the credit in any year can’t be more than your tax that you would otherwise pay (not counting any refundable credits) for any tax year. If your tax liability is reduced to zero because of other nonrefundable credits, such as the credit for child and dependent care expenses, then you won’t be entitled to this credit. Can you claim the credit? If you make eligible contributions to your ABLE account, you can claim the credit if all of the following apply. You were born before January 2, 2004. You aren’t a full-time student (explained later). No one else, such as your parent(s), claim an exemption for you on their tax return. Your adjusted gross income (defined below) isn’t more than: $66,000 if your filing status is married filing jointly; $49,500 if your filing status is head of household; or $33,000 if your filing status is single, married filing separately, or qualifying widow(er). Full-time student. You’re a full-time student if, during some part of each of 5 calendar months (not necessarily consecutive) during the calendar year, you’re either: A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and regularly enrolled body of students in attendance; or A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by either a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and regularly enrolled body of students in attendance, or a state, county, or local government. You’re a full-time student if you’re enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full time. Adjusted gross income. This is generally the amount on your 2021 Form 1040, 1040-SR, or 1040-NR, line 11. However, you must add to that any exclusion or deduction claimed for the year for: Foreign earned income, Income from bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Income from Puerto Rico. Eligible contributions. Include on Form 8880 your contributions made before 2026 to your ABLE account, as defined in section 529A, up to the annual contribution limit, to figure the amount, if any, of your retirement savings contributions credit (also known as the saver’s credit). Reducing eligible contributions. Reduce your eligible contributions (but not below zero) by the total distributions you received during the testing period from any ABLE account or from any retirement plan. Don’t reduce your eligible contributions by the portion of any distribution that is rolled over to another ABLE account. Distributions received by spouse. Any distributions your spouse received are treated as received by you if you file a joint return with your spouse both for the year of the distribution and for the year for which you claim the credit. Testing period. The testing period consists of the year for which you claim the credit, the period after the end of that year and before the due date (including extensions) for filing your return for that year, and the 2 tax years before that year. Maximum eligible contributions. After your contributions are reduced, the maximum annual contribution on which you can base the credit is $2,000 per person. Effect on other credits. The amount of this credit won’t change the amount of your refundable tax credits. A refundable tax credit, such as the earned income credit or the refundable amount of your child tax credit, is an amount that you would receive as a refund even if you don’t owe any taxes. More information on how to figure and report the credit. See Form 8880 to determine your credit. Household Employers If you pay someone to work in your home, such as a babysitter or housekeeper, you may be a household employer who has to pay employment taxes. A person you hire through an agency is not your employee if the agency controls what work is done and how it is done. This control could include setting the fee, requiring regular reports, and providing rules of conduct and appearance. In this case, you do not have to pay employment taxes on the amount you pay. But if you control what work is done and how it is done, the worker is your employee. If you possess the right to discharge a worker, that worker is generally considered to be your employee. If a worker is your employee, it does not matter that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency. To find out if you have to pay employment taxes, see Pub. 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide. Business Tax Incentives If you own or operate a business, or you are looking for work, you should be aware of the following tax incentives for businesses to help persons with disabilities. Deduction for costs of removing barriers to the disabled and the elderly—This is a deduction a business can take for making a facility or public transportation vehicle more accessible to and usable by persons who are disabled or elderly. See chapter 7 of Pub. 535, Business Expenses. Disabled access credit—This is a nonrefundable tax credit for an eligible small business that pays or incurs expenses to provide access to persons with disabilities. The expenses must be to enable the eligible small business to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. See Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit. Work opportunity credit—This credit provides businesses with an incentive to hire individuals from targeted groups that have a particularly high unemployment rate or other special employment needs. One targeted group consists of vocational rehabilitation referrals. These are individuals who have a physical or mental disability that results in a substantial handicap to employment and who have been referred to the employer upon completion of (or while receiving) rehabilitative services. See Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit. ABLE Account Overview. Compare ABLE programs on the websites of state governments to see which program is best suited for you. An ABLE account is a tax-favored savings account that can accept contributions for an eligible individual with a disability or who is blind, and who is the designated beneficiary and owner of the account. The account is used to provide for qualified disability expenses. An ABLE account is generally disregarded for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits under Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and certain other means-tested federal programs. For further information, go to SSA.gov. A designated beneficiary is limited to only one ABLE account at a time (for exceptions, see Program-to-program transfer and Rollover, later). If an additional ABLE account is opened (other than for receiving a rollover or program-to-program transfer), it is still an ABLE account if either all contributions made to the additional account are returned to the contributors or the additional account is transferred into your preexisting ABLE account with any excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions being returned to the contributors, on or before the due date (including extensions) of your federal income tax return for the year in which the additional account was established. Earnings in an ABLE account aren't taxed unless a distribution exceeds a designated beneficiary’s qualified disability expenses. A designated beneficiary doesn't include distributions for qualified disability expenses in their income. Qualified disability expenses include any expenses incurred at a time when the designated beneficiary is an eligible individual. The expenses must relate to blindness or disability, including expenses for maintaining or improving health, independence, or quality of life. Contributions to an ABLE account are not tax deductible and must be in cash or cash equivalents. Anyone, including the designated beneficiary, can contribute to an ABLE account. An ABLE account is subject to an annual contribution limit and a cumulative balance limit. Upon your death, as a designated beneficiary, any state may file a claim (either with the person with signature authority over your ABLE account or the executor of your estate) for the amount of the total medical assistance paid to you under the state's Medicaid plan after you (or a person with authority to open an ABLE account on your behalf) established an ABLE account. The amount paid in satisfaction of such a claim is not a taxable distribution from your ABLE account. Further, this amount is paid to the state only after all your qualified disability expenses have been paid from your ABLE account and the amount paid to satisfy the state's claim is reduced by the amount of all premiums you paid to a Medicaid Buy-In program under that state's Medicaid plan. Who can establish an ABLE account and what are the requirements? You may establish an ABLE account if your blindness or disability occurred before age 26. As a disabled individual, you may be eligible if either of the following applies. You are entitled to benefits based on blindness or disability under title II or XVI of the Social Security Act. You file a disability certification under the rules of your qualified ABLE program, which will include information regarding your diagnosis relating to your relevant impairment or impairments signed by a physician (as defined in section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act). You must certify one of the following. ▶ You have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which results in marked and severe functional limitations, which (a) can be expected to result in death, or (b) lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. ▶ You are blind within the meaning of section 1614(a)(2) of the Social Security Act. You may choose to have someone else establish an ABLE account for you. If you’re unable to establish an ABLE account, your agent, under a power of attorney, or if none, your conservator or legal guardian, spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, or a representative payee appointed for you by the Social Security Administration (SSA), in that order, can establish it for you. However, only you, the designated beneficiary, can have any interest in the account during your lifetime. Loss of eligible individual status. If you establish an ABLE account and later cease to be an eligible individual because, for example, your impairment goes into remission, then beginning the first day of the next year no contributions may be accepted by your ABLE account. If you cease to be an eligible individual, then for each tax year in which you are not an eligible individual, the account will continue to be an ABLE account, and the ABLE account will not be deemed to be distributed. Contributions may resume after the impairment recurs. You should notify your ABLE program of any changes in your eligibility status. Distributions from your ABLE account during a period you’re no longer an eligible individual aren’t for qualified disability expenses and therefore are possibly subject to tax. The earnings portion of a distribution (determined under section 72) made from your ABLE account to you when you’re no longer an eligible individual may be taxable. Example. In 2021, Adam is an eligible individual with $2,400 in his ABLE account. $2,000 of this is from contributions, and $400 is earnings. During 2021, Adam’s disability goes into remission and he is no longer an eligible individual. In 2022, a distribution of $2,400 is made to Adam from the ABLE account while he isn’t an eligible individual. The earnings portion, $400, is included in Adam’s gross income after the calculation in Table 1. Contribution limitation. The total annual contributions to an ABLE account (including amounts rolled over from a section 529 account, but not other amounts received in rollovers and/or program-to-program transfers between ABLE accounts) are limited to the annual gift tax exclusion amount ($15,000 for 2021), plus certain employed ABLE account beneficiaries may make an additional contribution up to the lesser of these amounts: (1) the designated beneficiary’s compensation for the tax year, or (2) the poverty line amount of $12,760 in the continental United States, $14,680 in Hawaii and $15,950 in Alaska. The designated beneficiary’s contribution limit is determined using the poverty guideline applicable in the state of the designated beneficiary’s residence. An employed designated beneficiary isn’t eligible for the increased contribution limit for the tax year if any contribution is made on behalf of the employee to a qualified defined contribution plan (within the meaning of section 414(i)), a section 403(b) plan, or a section 457(b) plan. Also, contributions may not exceed an annual cumulative limit, which is the same as the state’s section 529 qualified tuition program limit. What if amounts contributed to your ABLE account are greater than the annual contribution limit? If amounts contributed to your ABLE account are greater than the annual contribution limit, the excess contributions and the earnings on those contributions must be returned to the contributors. The ABLE program should do this on or before the due date of your income tax return, which is generally April 15 (including any extensions), and must notify you of this action. However, it is your responsibility or the responsibility of the person acting on your behalf to ensure that certain contributions of your compensation income are not greater than the limit and to request the return of any excess contributions by the ABLE program. You're subject to a 6% excise tax on the excess contributions and earnings that aren't returned by the ABLE program to the contributors by the due date (including extensions) of your income tax return. You figure this tax on Form 5329, Part VIII, and file it even if you're not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return. What if your ABLE account exceeds the cumulative limit? The cumulative limit for an ABLE account is set by each state’s ABLE program. If your ABLE account exceeds the cumulative limit, the state’s ABLE program will return to the contributors the contributions that caused your account to go over the limit, and notify you of this action by the due date of your income tax return, which is generally April 15 (including extensions). Distributions. You can take distributions from your ABLE account to pay for any qualified disability expenses, such as expenses for maintaining or improving your health, independence, or quality of life. Qualified disability expenses include those for education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology, personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management, administrative services, legal fees, expenses for oversight and monitoring, and funeral and burial expenses. If distributions from your ABLE account during a year aren't more than your qualified disability expenses for that year, no amount is taxable for that year. If the total amount distributed during a year is more than your qualified disability expenses for that year, the earnings portion of the distribution is included in your income for that year, after the calculation in Table 1. Table 1. Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution The year's total distributions for qualified disability expenses x Earnings portion of the year's distributions = Amount nontaxable for the year The year's total distributions Example. On August 2, 2021, Dora's ABLE account has a balance of $2,400; $2,000 is from contributions and $400 is earnings. During 2021, Dora has qualified disability expenses of $1,600, but she receives distributions from her ABLE account totaling $2,400 on August 2, 2021. She figures the nontaxable part of her earnings portion as follows. Distributions for qualified disability expenses: $1,600 x Earnings portion of the year's distributions: $400 = $266.67, the nontaxable portion of the earnings Total distributions: $2,400 Dora will include the difference of $133.33 ($400 – $266.67) in her gross income for 2021. The tax on any distribution included in your taxable income is increased by 10%. Figure this tax on Form 5329, Part II, and file it even if you're not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return. Rollovers, program-to-program transfers, and beneficiary changes. If you need to move your ABLE account to another qualified ABLE program to change the designated beneficiary of the account, you can accomplish this through a rollover. If the ABLE program permits, funds can move from one ABLE account to another through a direct program-to-program transfer. Rollover. You don't include in your gross income any amount distributed to you from your ABLE account if it's rolled over within generally 60 days to another ABLE account established for you or for an eligible family member and no other rollover has been made within the previous 12 months. Eligible family member means a sibling only, whether by blood or by adoption, and includes a brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, and half sister. Program-to-program transfer. The entire balance of your ABLE account can be transferred by your ABLE program to another ABLE program. You can also have your ABLE program transfer all or part of the balance in your account to an eligible family member. If the entire balance is transferred, your first ABLE account is closed after the transfer is complete. A program-to-program transfer isn’t a distribution so you don’t include any of the transferred amount in your gross income. Change of designated beneficiary. Your ABLE program may permit you to change the beneficiary of your ABLE account from yourself to one of your siblings if your sibling is an eligible individual for the tax year in which you make the change. Rollover from section 529 tuition account to section 529A ABLE account. Rollovers may be made without penalty from a section 529 tuition account to a section 529A ABLE account if the beneficiary of the ABLE account is the designated beneficiary of the tuition account or is an eligible member of the family. See Notice 2018-58. The limit on annual contributions to an ABLE account, discussed earlier in Contribution limitation, applies to these rollovers. Information returns for ABLE accounts. You may receive from your ABLE program the following forms which you can use if you need to file an income tax return. Form 1099-QA, Distributions From ABLE Accounts. An ABLE program issues this form to you to report all distributions made from your ABLE account. Form 5498-QA, ABLE Account Contribution Information. An ABLE program issues this form to you annually to report contributions (including rollovers), fair market value of the account, opening of a new account, certification of a qualified account, and your disability code. If you have any questions about the amounts on these forms, you should contact your ABLE program administrator. How To Get Tax Help If you have questions about a tax issue; need help preparing your tax return; or want to download free publications, forms, or instructions, go to IRS.gov to find resources that can help you right away. Preparing and filing your tax return. After receiving all your wage and earning statements (Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, 1099-NEC, etc.); unemployment compensation statements (by mail or in a digital format) or other government payment statements (Form 1099-G); and interest, and dividend statements from banks and investments firms (Forms 1099), you have several options to choose from to prepare and file your tax return. You can prepare the tax return yourself, see if you qualify for free tax preparation, or hire a tax professional to prepare your return. .For 2021, if you received an Economic Impact Payment (EIP), refer to your Notice 1444-C, Your 2021 Economic Impact Payment. If you received Advance Child Tax Credit payments, refer to your Letter 6419.. Free options for tax preparation. Go to IRS.gov to see your options for preparing and filing your return online or in your local community, if you qualify, which include the following. Free File. This program lets you prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free using brand-name tax-preparation-and-filing software or Free File fillable forms. However, state tax preparation may not be available through Free File. Go to IRS.gov/FreeFile to see if you qualify for free online federal tax preparation, e-filing, and direct deposit or payment options. VITA. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, and limited-English-speaking taxpayers who need help preparing their own tax returns. Go to IRS.gov/VITA, download the free IRS2Go app, or call 800-906-9887 for information on free tax return preparation. TCE. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older. TCE volunteers specialize in answering questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. Go to IRS.gov/TCE, download the free IRS2Go app, or call 888-227-7669 for information on free tax return preparation. MilTax. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and qualified veterans may use MilTax, a free tax service offered by the Department of Defense through Military OneSource.For more information go to MilitaryOneSource (MilitaryOneSource.mil/Tax). Also, the IRS offers Free Fillable Forms, which can be completed online and then filed electronically regardless of income. Using online tools to help prepare your return. Go to IRS.gov/Tools for the following. The Earned Income Tax Credit Assistant (IRS.gov/EITCAssistant) determines if you’re eligible for the earned income credit (EIC). The Online EIN Application (IRS.gov/EIN) helps you get an employer identification number (EIN) at no cost. The Tax Withholding Estimator (IRS.gov/W4app) makes it easier for everyone to pay the correct amount of tax during the year. The tool is a convenient, online way to check and tailor your withholding. It’s more user-friendly for taxpayers, including retirees and self-employed individuals. The features include the following. Easy to understand language. The ability to switch between screens, correct previous entries, and skip screens that don’t apply. Tips and links to help you determine if you qualify for tax credits and deductions. A progress tracker. A self-employment tax feature. Automatic calculation of taxable social security benefits. The First-Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up (IRS.gov/HomeBuyer) tool provides information on your repayments and account balance. The Sales Tax Deduction Calculator (IRS.gov/SalesTax) figures the amount you can claim if you itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). . Getting answers to your tax questions. On IRS.gov, you can get up-to-date information on current events and changes in tax law.. IRS.gov/Help for a variety of tools that will help you get answers to some of the most common tax questions. IRS.gov/ITA: The Interactive Tax Assistant, a tool that will ask you questions and, based on your input, provide answers on a number of tax law topics. IRS.gov/Forms to search for our forms, instructions, and publications. You will find details on 2021 tax changes and hundreds of interactive links to help you find answers to your questions. You may also be able to access tax law information in your electronic filing software. . Need someone to prepare your tax return? There are various types of tax return preparers, including tax preparers, enrolled agents, certified public accountants (CPAs), attorneys, and many others who don’t have professional credentials. If you choose to have someone prepare your tax return, choose that preparer wisely. A paid tax preparer is: Primarily responsible for the overall substantive accuracy of your return, Required to sign the return, and Required to include their preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Although the tax preparer always signs the return, you're ultimately responsible for providing all the information required for the preparer to accurately prepare your return. Anyone paid to prepare tax returns for others should have a thorough understanding of tax matters. For more information on how to choose a tax preparer, go to Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer on IRS.gov. Advance child tax credit payments. From July through December 2021, advance payments were sent automatically to taxpayers with qualifying children who met certain criteria. The advance child tax credit payments were early payments of up to 50% of the estimated child tax credit that taxpayers may properly claim on their 2021 returns. Go to IRS.gov/AdvCTC for more information about these payments and how they can affect your taxes. Coronavirus. Go to IRS.gov/Coronavirus for links to information on the impact of the coronavirus, as well as tax relief available for individuals and families, small and large businesses, and tax-exempt organizations. for links to information on the impact of the coronavirus, as well as tax relief available for individuals and families, small and large businesses, and tax-exempt organizations. Employers can register to use Business Services Online. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers online service at SSA.gov/employer for fast, free, and secure online W-2 filing options to CPAs, accountants, enrolled agents, and individuals who process Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement. IRS social media. Go to IRS.gov/SocialMedia to see the various social media tools the IRS uses to share the latest information on tax changes, scam alerts, initiatives, products, and services. At the IRS, privacy and security are our highest priority. We use these tools to share public information with you. Don’t post your social security number (SSN) or other confidential information on social media sites. Always protect your identity when using any social networking site. The following IRS YouTube channels provide short, informative videos on various tax-related topics in English, Spanish, and ASL. Youtube.com/irsvideos. Youtube.com/irsvideosmultilingua. Youtube.com/irsvideosASL. Watching IRS videos. The IRS Video portal (IRSVideos.gov) contains video and audio presentations for individuals, small businesses, and tax professionals. Online tax information in other languages. You can find information on IRS.gov/MyLanguage if English isn’t your native language. Free Over-the-Phone Interpreter (OPI) Service. The IRS is committed to servicing our multilingual customers by offering OPI services. The OPI is a federally funded program and is available at Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs), other IRS offices, and every VITA/TCE return site. OPI service is accessible in more than 350 languages. Accessibility Helpline available for taxpayers with disabilities. Taxpayers who need accessibility can call 833-690-0598. The Accessibility Helpline can answer questions related to current and future accessibility products and services available in alternative media formats (for example, braille, large print, audio, etc.). Getting tax forms and publications. Go to IRS.gov/Forms to view, download, or print all of the forms, instructions, and publications you may need. Or, you can go to IRS.gov/OrderForms to place an order. Getting tax publications and instructions in eBook format. You can also download and view popular tax publications and instructions (including the Instructions for Form 1040) on mobile devices as eBooks at IRS.gov/eBooks. Note. IRS eBooks have been tested using Apple's iBooks for iPad. Our eBooks have not been tested on other dedicated eBook readers and eBook functionality may not operate as intended. Access your online account (individual taxpayers only). Go to IRS.gov/Account to securely access information about your federal tax account. View the amount you owe and a breakdown by tax year. See payment plan details or apply for a new payment plan. Make a payment, view 5 years of payment history and any pending or scheduled payments. Access your tax records, including key data from your most recent tax return, your EIP amounts, and transcripts. View digital copies of select notices from the IRS. Approve or reject authorization requests from tax professionals. View your address on file or manage your communication preferences. Tax Pro Account. This tool lets your tax professional submit an authorization request to access your individual taxpayer IRS online account. For more information, go to IRS.gov/TaxProAccount. Using direct deposit. The fastest way to receive a tax refund is to file electronically and choose direct deposit, which securely and electronically transfers your refund directly into your financial account. Direct deposit also avoids the possibility that your check could be lost, stolen, or returned undeliverable to the IRS. Eight in 10 taxpayers use direct deposit to receive their refunds. If you don’t have a bank account, go to IRS.gov/DirectDeposit for more information on where to find a bank or credit union that can open an account online. Getting a transcript of your return. The quickest way to get a copy of your tax transcript is to go to IRS.gov/Transcripts. Click on either “Get Transcript Online” or “Get Transcript by Mail” to order a free copy of your transcript. If you prefer, you can order your transcript by calling 800-908-9946. Reporting and resolving your tax-related identity theft issues. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit tax fraud. Your taxes can be affected if your SSN is used to file a fraudulent return or to claim a refund or credit. The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, telephone calls, or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for personal identification numbers (PINs), passwords, or similar information for credit cards, banks, or other financial accounts. Go to IRS.gov/IdentityTheft, the IRS Identity Theft Central webpage, for information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals, and businesses. If your SSN has been lost or stolen or you suspect you’re a victim of tax-related identity theft, you can learn what steps you should take. Get an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN). IP PINs are six-digit numbers assigned to taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their SSNs on fraudulent federal income tax returns. When you have an IP PIN, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your SSN. To learn more, go to IRS.gov/IPPIN. Ways to check on the status of your refund. Go to IRS.gov/Refunds. Download the official IRS2Go app to your mobile device to check your refund status. Call the automated refund hotline at 800-829-1954. Note. The IRS can’t issue refunds before mid-February 2022 for returns that claimed the EIC or the additional child tax credit (ACTC). This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits. Making a tax payment. Go to IRS.gov/Payments for information on how to make a payment using any of the following options. IRS Direct Pay: Pay your individual tax bill or estimated tax payment directly from your checking or savings account at no cost to you. Debit or Credit Card: Choose an approved payment processor to pay online or by phone. Electronic Funds Withdrawal: Schedule a payment when filing your federal taxes using tax return preparation software or through a tax professional. Electronic Federal Tax Payment System: Best option for businesses. Enrollment is required. Check or Money Order: Mail your payment to the address listed on the notice or instructions. Cash: You may be able to pay your taxes with cash at a participating retail store. Same-Day Wire: You may be able to do same-day wire from your financial institution. Contact your financial institution for availability, cost, and time frames. Note. The IRS uses the latest encryption technology to ensure that the electronic payments you make online, by phone, or from a mobile device using the the IRS2Go app are safe and secure. Paying electronically is quick, easy, and faster than mailing in a check or money order What if I can’t pay now? Go to IRS.gov/Payments for more information about your options. Apply for an online payment agreement (IRS.gov/OPA) to meet your tax obligation in monthly installments if you can’t pay your taxes in full today. Once you complete the online process, you will receive immediate notification of whether your agreement has been approved. Use the Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier to see if you can settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. For more information on the Offer in Compromise program, go to go to IRS.gov/OIC. Filing an amended return. You can now file Form 1040-X electronically with tax filing software to amend 2019 or 2020 Forms 1040 and 1040-SR. To do so, you must have e-filed your original 2019 or 2020 return. Amended returns for all prior years must be mailed. Go to IRS.gov/Form1040X for information and updates. Checking the status of your amended return. Go to IRS.gov/WMAR to track the status of Form 1040-X amended returns. Note. It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you filed your amended return for it to show up in our system, and processing it can take up to 16 weeks. Understanding an IRS notice or letter you’ve received. Go to IRS.gov/Notices to find additional information about responding to an IRS notice or letter. You can use Schedule LEP, Request for Change in Language Preference, to state a preference to receive notices, letters, or other written communications from the IRS in an alternative language, when these are available. Once your Schedule LEP is processed, the IRS will determine your translation needs and provide you translations when available. If you have a disability requiring notices in an accessible format, see Form 9000. Contacting your local IRS office. Keep in mind, many questions can be answered on IRS.gov without visiting an IRS TAC. Go to IRS.gov/LetUsHelp for the topics people ask about most. If you still need help, IRS TACs provide tax help when a tax issue can’t be handled online or by phone. All TACs now provide service by appointment so you’ll know in advance that you can get the service you need without long wait times. Before you visit, go to IRS.gov/TACLocator to find the nearest TAC, check hours, available services, and appointment options. Or, on the IRS2Go app, under the Stay Connected tab, choose the Contact Us option and click on “Local Offices.” The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) Is Here To Help You What Is TAS? TAS is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayer rights. Their job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. How Can You Learn About Your Taxpayer Rights? The Taxpayer Bill of Rights describes 10 basic rights that all taxpayers have when dealing with the IRS. Go to TaxpayerAdvocate.IRS.gov to help you understand and how they apply. These are your rights. Know them. Use them. What Can TAS Do for You? TAS can help you resolve problems that you can’t resolve with the IRS. And their service is free. If you qualify for their assistance, you will be assigned to one advocate who will work with you throughout the process and will do everything possible to resolve your issue. TAS can help you if: Your problem is causing financial difficulty for you, your family, or your business; You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action; or You’ve tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn’t responded by the date promised. How Can You Reach TAS? TAS has offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Your local advocate’s number is in your local directory and at TaxpayerAdvocate.IRS.gov/Contact-Us. You can also call them at 877-777-4778. How Else Does TAS Help Taxpayers? TAS works to resolve large-scale problems that affect many taxpayers. If you know of one of these broad issues, report it to them at IRS.gov/SAMS. TAS for Tax Professionals TAS can provide a variety of information for tax professionals, including tax law updates and guidance, TAS programs, and ways to let TAS know about systemic problems you’ve seen in your practice. Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) LITCs are independent from the IRS. LITCs represent individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems with the IRS, such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. In addition, LITCs can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a small fee for eligible taxpayers. To find an LITC near you, go to TaxpayerAdvocate.IRS.gov/about-us/Low-Income-Taxpayer-Clinics-LITC or see IRS Pub. 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.