There are some new lines on the Form 1040 thanks to the fiscal cliff. The IRS has had to set aside space for provisions that Congress hasn't approved yet, leaving those lines as "reserved."
Are you a teacher who spent up to $250 on pencils, books or other classroom supplies? Well, you'll find Line 23 now says "reserved" instead of "educator expenses deduction."
Are you a student looking to deduct up to $4,000 in tuition and fees? You are out of luck until lawmakers act. All you'll find on Line 34 is "reserved."
Same goes for folks who bought fancy cars or who live in states with no income tax who want to deduct state and local sales taxes on their Schedule A. (Sorry Texans and Floridians.)
All told, there are more than a dozen tax benefits that expired at the end of 2011 that Congress has yet to renew, according to Ernst & Young. It's expected that lawmakers will extend these measures, prompting the IRS to take the unusual step of leaving the lines reserved.
"None of us can remember the IRS issuing final forms with "reserved" on it," said John W. Roth, senior federal tax analyst for CCH, a tax services company.
An IRS spokesman called the measure a "placeholder" and said the forms can be used. They will be updated if and when Congress takes action.
The number of millionaires in the U.S. is moving on up.
There were nearly 268,000 tax filers who reported more than $1 million in adjusted gross income in 2010, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of Internal Revenue Service data.
That's about 31,000 more than the previous year, but is still lower than the boom times. Between 2005 and 2008, the number of millionaires topped 300,000 annually.
The vast majority of millionaire taxpayers MORETami Luhby - Jun 18, 2012 7:53 AM ET
After two years of declines, Americans' income finally rose in 2010. The Internal Revenue Service provided a first peek at taxpayers' returns and it showed that adjusted gross income totaled $8 trillion, up 5.2% from 2009.
But a closer look at the data reveals that only the wealthiest Americans will be popping the Cristal.
Taxpayers earning more than $250,000 saw their total adjusted gross incomes rise by 13.8%, while those bringing home MORETami Luhby - Mar 5, 2012 12:09 PM ET
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