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2011 Instructions for Schedule J

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Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen(p1)

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2011

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Use Schedule J (Form 1040) to elect to figure your 2011 income tax by averaging, over the previous 3 years (base years), all or part of your 2011 taxable income from your trade or business of farming or fishing. This election may give you a lower tax if your 2011 income from farming or fishing is high and your taxable income for one or more of the 3 prior years was low.
In order to qualify for this election, you are not required to have been in the business of farming or fishing during any of the base years.
You may elect to average farming or fishing income even if your filing status was not the same in the election year and the base years.
This election does not apply when figuring your alternative minimum tax on Form 6251. Also, you do not have to recompute, because of this election, the tax liability of any minor child who was required to use your tax rates in the prior years.
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What's New(p1)

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The IRS has created a page on IRS.gov for information about Form 1040 and its instructions, at www.irs.gov/form1040. Information about any future developments affecting Form 1040 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page.