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8913

Form 8913

Credit for Federal Telephone Excise Tax Paid

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. However, taxpayer cannot request a credit or refund for the tax paid on local-only service or charges in connection with local-only service.

Taxpayer may request a credit or refund if he/she:

  • Has 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  • Will not ask the service provider for a credit or refund or have withdrawn any request submitted to the provider for a credit or refund.

Who Must File:
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.

Identifying Number:
Enter the identifying number shown on taxpayer’s tax return. If taxpayer is filing Form 1040EZ-T and did not enter an identifying number on that form, leave this space blank.

Lines 1-14:
Taxpayers must have appropriate records for each period a credit or refund is requested. Businesses and nonprofit organizations may be eligible to use an estimation method (For further information, see instructions issued by IRS for Form 8913).

Enter the tax for all telephone lines for each period in the applicable column shown on lines 1-14. Complete and attach only one Form 8913 to your return. Include the tax on prepaid telephone cards and prepaid cellular service with long distance service in column (b). Do not include the tax on local-only service.

Column (c) will be the total of column (a) and column (b). Enter Interest amount manually in column (e) for line 1 to 14.

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