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AC 331 Federal Tax Problem
This problem will serve as a grade for AC 331. This problem is due Friday, December 2 by 4:00 pm.
Your client has filled out the information booklet that your accounting firm provided for preparation of the
client?s income tax return. Please read the following statements and prepare the client?s Form 1040 based on the
following information. If the statement requires no action, please comment in your separate explanation sheet.
Crystal and Christopher Carpenter have been married 22 years and are 55 and 57 respectively. Their address is
2401 Cherokee Drive, Butler, Alabama. They have 3 children, Tim SS#444-55-666, Pam SS#999-66-555, and
Tim is 23 and a full-time student at a local college. He lives in an apartment, but parents paid $14,250
in school costs and $12,000 of his living expenses. He works part time as a pizza deliveryman and made
$4,200 delivering pizzas.
Pam is 35 and has no his income of her own. She is handicapped and so she lives with her parents. She
does not provide more than half of her support, but she does make $4,200 working as a teacher?s aid at a
school for special needs children.
Lauren is 18 and works as an actress. She has done this for several years, making $150,000 a year.
However, her parents have placed all of her income in a trust account, and Crystal and Christopher
continue to support her. She does not live at home, except during holidays.
1. Crystal is a retired school teacher who receives $1,800 in retirement benefits each month. Her
retirement benefits are 100% taxable. Crystal had $2,700 in federal income tax withheld from her
distribution each month. She does not have state income tax deducted from her retirement benefits.
2. Crystal is also self-employed selling AdvoCare nutritional supplements and had $35,000 in sales last
year. Her product costs were $21,000 and she incurred supplies expenses of $800. Crystal has a cell
phone that she exclusively uses in her business with a monthly payment of $110. She also paid $275 for
business cards and flyers to market her business. Crystal also purchased a new car for $36,000. She has
determined that she will use the car 65% for business delivering AdvoCare products and taking orders.
She is interested in getting the most deduction she can get in the first year. (Remember that the
depreciation limit for cars is not increased for the 179 expense.) She does not elect Section 179
treatment. Please show the depreciation on the appropriate schedule with the other business expenses.
You do not have to prepare the Form 4562, but please show the depreciation calculation on a separate
sheet of paper.
3. Crystal paid $1,600 in federal estimated income tax for her AdvoCare business. She also paid $560 in
state estimated income tax.
4. Crystal bought a new computer for $2,600 in March 2016. She used the computer 20 hours a week for
50 weeks during the year to complete order forms, check e-mails from the company, send out reminders
and prepare reports. She was used by everyone in the family, including her business use a total of 35
hours a week for 50 weeks during the year. Calculate the depreciation on the computer and deduct the
appropriate amount. Show your calculation on a separate sheet of paper and enter the depreciation
amount on the correct schedule with the other business expenses.
5. Crystal uses a desk in the playroom to complete the paperwork for her business, and she also stores her
inventory in the room. While AdvoCare customers don?t come to Crystal?s home office, the room is not
used for anything else except Crystal?s business. She has no other office. If Crystal should take a home
office deduction, add the appropriate amount of expense to the rest of Crystal?s self-employment
expenses. The playroom is 445 sq. ft, and the entire house is 3,500 sq. ft. The electric bill is $325 per month, the gas bill is $90 per month, the internet bill is $110 per month (30% business), and the water
bill is $55 per month. Crystal uses a cleaning service that comes twice a month to clean the entire
house. She pays the cleaning service $150 for each visit. Crystal deducted Section 179 expense for the
office furniture when she started selling AdvoCare in 2014.
6. Christopher is a principle at the elementary school. His salary is $82,000 a year. Christopher had
several expenses that were not reimbursed by her employer.
-He was required to belong to the Alabama Educators Association and the Principles of Alabama, which
are education related organizations. These memberships cost $825.
-Christopher was required to attend three continuing education meetings in Montgomery, Birmingham,
and Mobile helping him learn new math teaching techniques. His total mileage for the three trips is 800
miles. The fees to attend these meetings were $225 each. He spent the night before the conference in
Mobile, spending $130 on the hotel room and $80 on meals for two days. He also stayed in a hotel
before the Montgomery conference, paying $140 for a hotel room and $65 on meals for two days.
Christopher stayed with a friend in Birmingham and ate all of his meals at his friend?s house.
-Christopher?s school provided an in-service program for its teachers the week before school started in
August 2016. Christopher provided lunch for the 40 teachers and staff members at his school which cost
$1,200. Christopher was only reimbursed $400 by his employer. (Assume that these expenses are
directly related to his employment.)
7. Christopher had $22,000 withheld from his paycheck for federal income taxes. He also had $4,500
withheld for state income taxes.
8. The also received $9,120 in interest income during 2016 from their CDs At Local Bank, $200 in
interest income from their savings account the Alabama Credit Union, $4,500 on University of West
Alabama (a state university) bonds, $8,450 in interest from Dell Corporation bonds, and $2,475 in
interest from US Treasury bonds.
9. The Carpenters bought an apartment duplex in 2014 and made it available for tenants in April 2014.
During 2016 the fully furnished apartment duplex was rented all 12 months with no personal usage by
the Carpenters. They collected $15,600 in rent during the 2016 year. They paid $645,000 for the duplex
and spent $55,000 renovating the facility. During 2016 the electric bill was $375 a month and the gas
bill was $225 a month. The maintenance cost on the building was $150 a month and the cleaning bills
are $600 a month. In addition, the Carpenters paid $3,275 in real estate taxes, $2,875 in insurance, and
$3,525 in mortgage interest during 2016. During 2016 the Carpenters paid $3,575 to replace the carpet
in several rooms and $1,280 to have one of the apartments painted inside.
10. The Carpenters own a vacation home in the Smoky Mountains. They rented their vacation home for the
months of September and October 2016. They received rent during the year of $5,600. The expenses
incurred with respect to the house were real estate taxes of $4,350, insurance $800, maintenance fees
$1,200 and mortgage interest of $6,000. Utilities totaled $6,000 during 2016, and they paid a cleaning
service $250 each time they came to clean, 20 times during the year. They actually stayed in the
Gatlinburg, Tennessee home during November and December, enjoying both Thanksgiving and
Christmas in the mountains. Crystal and Christopher bought the home in October 2012 for $350,000.
Use the Tax Court method to allocate the expenses.
11. Crystal contributed $5,500 to an IRA. She is not eligible to participate in an employer?s retirement plan.
Christopher is covered by his employer?s retirement plan. He did not make an IRA contribution.
12. The Carpenters and their dependents had the following in medical costs during 2016. They paid $425
per month for health insurance premiums and $160 per month for dental insurance premiums. Crystal ? Copays from doctor visits $35/visit with 9 visits, $2,500 for lasik eye surgery to improve her
vision, $4,200 for surgery to her eyes to eliminate the lines around her eyes, making her appearance
younger, personal trainer fees $400/month for the entire month so that she can lose the extra 25 pounds
she has gained, over the counter drugs costing $180.
Christopher ? Hospital fees for knee surgery $3,875, physical therapy copay $745, knee brace $120,
total mileage to and from therapist and hospital 525 miles. Dental expense for extensive surgery $4,075
and reimbursement for dental expense $2,500.
Lauren ? Six Botox injections to achieve the appearance she desires for her modeling career $1,000
each, copay for doctor visits for various illnesses - $35 each/8 visits.
Pam ? new wheelchair $550, new leg braces $885, trip to California to help with allergy symptoms in
Tim ? alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic for 90 days ? insurance paid 30 days, 60 days paid out of
13. They paid $2,350 in mortgage interest on their home. They also paid $625 in interest on a car loan.
During 2016, they also purchased a boat and various water toys and spent $32,000. They opened an
equity line of credit on their principle residence to facilitate these purchases and incurred $1,600 in
interest on the equity line.
14. Christopher was put on a temporary unpaid leave of absence from his job for several months during
2016; he collected $2,800 in unemployment compensation. He was reinstated before the end of 2016.
15. While on the leave of absence, Christopher spent a few days in Las Vegas. He won $5,500 gambling.
He calculates that he lost approximately $8,950 gambling.
16. They also paid real estate taxes of $1,835 on their principal residence, sales tax of $82 on a new
refrigerator, and $565 for their car tags. The personal property tax portion of the tag cost was $240.
17. The Carpenters contributed $12,500 cash to Christ Episcopal Church and clothing with a FMV of $750
and a basis of $2,400 to the Salvation Army. The Carpenters chose to give a vacant lot valued at
$75,000 to The University of West Alabama on December 5, 206. The Carpenters purchased the lot in
2005 for $55,000. The lot will be sold by UWA for a scholarship fund. The Carpenter?s also helped
several individuals with their personal projects. The neighbor?s children were raising money for their
mission trip, so the Carpenters gave them $25 each for spending money on the trip. In addition, the
Carpenters friend died in a tragic accident. They contributed $1,000 to a fund at Regions?s Bank to help
the friend. They also have a friend whose child is having a bone marrow transplant at the Mayo Clinic
in Minnesota. They contributed $500 to a fund at BBVA Compass Bank to help the family pay for
18. The Carpenters each received a $14,000 gift from Grandmother Carpenter during 2016. Grandmother is
very wealthy so she is trying to distribute her wealth before she dies.
19. Christopher inherited a piece of unimproved real estate from his father who died in 2006. Christopher?s
father paid $35,500 for the property when he purchased it in 2005, and the property was worth $82,000
at his death in 2006. Christopher prepares the land for use as a commercial office building site. His
costs for this work are $26,000. He sells the property for $125,000 in 2016. 21. Crystal received stock as a birthday gift from her millionaire cousin in 2016. The cousin paid
$3,000 when she purchased it on September 30, 2011. The stock was worth $3,500 at the time of the
gift. Crystal sold the stock in October 2016 for $4,000.
22. Crystal and Christopher received dividends from the following sources: Highland Ridge Bank $8,600,
Power Company $1,255 and XYZ Manufacturing, Inc. $1,225. These are all qualified dividends. You
need to calculate the tax on these dividends separately.
23. Christopher started a lawn care business in March 2016. He had contracts for 35 lawns. The lawns were
maintained once a week for 28 weeks at a price of $150 a yard. He rented a small office for $400 a
month for 10 months and paid two students $6,000 each as W-2 employees to mow the lawns.
Christopher paid $848 in FICA taxes for each employee. He also purchased a desk, 4 chairs and replaced
the carpeting in the office in June 2016. The cost of the desk was $900; the chairs cost $360 each, and
the carpeting $2,500. In July he also purchased two large mowers for $6,500 each, two small push
mowers for $1,000 each, two weed eaters for $1,500 each, and three blowers for $500 each. Christopher
also bought a new John Deere tractor to mow several of the large estate lots at a cost of $16,500. All of
the items purchased were new and not previously used. His business will have a 12/31 year end. In 2016
the business will have a short tax year. Please calculate the depreciation, showing your work on another
sheet of paper and turn in this sheet of paper with your return. Use the depreciation totals to calculate the
income for the business.
Prepare the return on a 2015 Form 1040. (You will use some 2016 schedules.) This includes calculating the income tax and the
self-employment tax. Use the 2016 income tax schedules, exemption amounts, and standard deductions. Pay close attention to
filing status, dependency exemptions and where each item should be reported on the return. Please provide explanations for
standard deduction and exemptions.
Also, provide a separate sheet with the depreciation calculations. Provide a discussion of your reasoning for deducting or not
deducting items that are at issue (home office). You may talk to each other about the problem, but I strongly advise that you do
your own work. You will benefit more by preparing your return and then comparing your answer with other students.
If there are limitations placed on various benefits the taxpayer might receive (for example, itemized deductions) because of the
taxpayers? income, please ignore the limitations. Calculate the taxable income without these limitations. However, if the limitation
on the deduction for rental loss applies, it should be applied. (This will only involve reviewing the taxpayer?s AGI.)
Please refer to your textbook, if you have questions. Chapter 14 may help you answer some of these questions. If you have
questions, please email me promptly so I can answer your questions as soon as possible.
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