Tax Law Changes : Tax-Year 2004

Pick a topic from the list below to learn about the tax changes:

Health savings account (HSA) deduction

You may be able to take a deduction if contributions (other than employer contributions) were made to your HSA for 2004.

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Tuition and fees deduction expanded

You may be able to deduct up to $4,000 if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is not more than $65,000 ($130,000 if married filing jointly), or deduct up to $2,000 if your AGI is higher than the limit but not more than $80,000 ($160,000 if married filing jointly).

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Sales tax deduction

You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes as an itemized deduction on Schedule A. Generally, you can use either your actual expenses or the Optional State Sales Tax Tables to figure your state and local general sales tax deduction.

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Unlawful discrimination claims

You may be able to take a deduction on line 35 for attorney fees and court costs paid after October 22, 2004, for actions settled or decided after that date involving a claim of unlawful discrimination, a claim against the United States Government, or a claim made under section 1862(b)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act, but only up to the amount included in gross income in 2004 from such claim.

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IRA deduction allowed to more people covered by retirement plans

You may be able to take an IRA deduction if you were covered by a retirement plan and your modified AGI is less than $55,000 ($75,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er)).

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Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-basis government officials

These expenses are now reported on line 24.

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Earned income credit (EIC)

You may be able to take the EIC if:

  • A child lived with you and you earned less than $34,458 ($35,458 if married filing jointly), or
  • A child did not live with you and you earned less than $11,490 ($12,490 if married filing jointly).

If you were a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in a combat zone, you may be able to include your non-taxable combat pay in earned income when figuring the EIC.

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Additional child tax credit expanded

The credit limit based on earned income is increased to 15% of your earned income that exceeds $10,750. If you were a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in a combat zone, your nontaxable combat pay counts as earned income when figuring this credit limit.

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Standard mileage rates

The 2004 rate for business use of your vehicle is 37.5 cents a mile. The 2004 rate for use of your vehicle to get medical care or to move is 14 cents a mile.

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Qualified tuition program (QTP) distributions

You may be able to exclude from income distributions from a private QTP if the distributions are not more than your qualified higher education expenses.

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Upcoming Tax Dates

April 10 Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during March, report them to your employer. You can use Form 4070.

April 10 Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the first 15 days of March.

April 14 Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the last 16 days of March.

April 15 Individuals
File a 2014 income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) and pay any tax due. If you want an automatic 6 month extension of time to file the return, file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. For more information, see Form 4868. Then, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ by October 15.

April 15 Individuals
If you are not paying your 2015 income tax through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax during the year that way), pay the first installment of your 2015 estimated tax. Use Form 1040ES.

April 15 Household Employers
If you paid cash wages of $1,800 or more in 2014 to a household employee, you must file Schedule H - Details

April 15 Partnerships
File a 2014 calendar year return (Form 1065) - Details

April 15 Partnerships
Electing large partnerships: File a 2014 calendar year return (Form 1065-B) - Details

April 15 Corporations
Deposit the first installment of estimated income tax for 2015 - Details

April 15 Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in March.

April 15 Nonpayroll withholding
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in March.

April 15 Household employers
If you paid cash wages of $1,900 or more in 2014 to a household employee, you must file Schedule H (Form 1040). If you are required to file a federal income tax return (Form 1040), file Schedule H (Form 1040) with the return and report any household employment taxes. Report any federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on Schedule H (Form 1040) if you paid total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2013 or 2014 to household employees. Also, report any income tax you withheld for your household employees.

April 27 Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 16 days of March.

April 29 Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the first 15 days of April.

April 30 Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2015. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules. If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full, you have until May 11 to file the return.

April 30 Federal unemployment tax.
Deposit the tax owed through March if more than $500.

April 30 Form 720 taxes
File Form 720 for the first quarter of 2015.

April 30 Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during March.

April 30 Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in March.

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