INDIVIDUAL TAX RETURN PROBLEM 6
• Use the following information to complete Paige Turner’s 2011 federal income tax return. If information is missing, use reasonable assumptions to fill in the gaps.
• Any required forms, schedules, and instructions can be found at the IRS Web site ( www.irs.gov). The instructions can be helpful in completing the forms.
1. Paige Turner is single and has two children from her previous marriage. Ali lives with Paige, and Paige provides more than half of her support. Leif lives with his father, Will (Lief lived with Will for all of 2011). Will provides more than half of Leif’s support. Paige pays “alimony” of $400 per month to Will. The payments are to continue until Leif reaches age 18, when they will be reduced to $150.
Paige provides you with the following additional information:
• She uses the cash method of accounting and a calendar year for reporting.
• She wishes to contribute to the presidential election campaign.
• Paige lives at 523 Essex Street, Bangor, ME 04401.
• Paige’s birthday is May 31, 1973.
•Ali’s birthday is October 5, 2002.
•Leif’s birthday is December 1, 2000.
•Paige’s Social Security number is 007-16-4727.
•Ali’s Social Security number is 005-61-7232.
•Leif’s Social Security number is 004-23-3419.
•Will’s Social Security number is 006-45-6333.
•She does not have any foreign bank accounts or trusts.
2. Paige is employed as a nuclear engineer with Atom Systems Consultants, Inc. (ASCI). ASCI’s federal employer identification number is 79-1234466. Her annual salary is $70,000. ASCI has an extensive fringe benefits program for its employees. Paige’s pay stubs indicate that she had $7,230 withheld in federal taxes, $4,987 in state taxes, $4,495 in Social Security taxes, and $1,051 in Medicare taxes.
3. Paige received salary of $70,000 (before subtracting her 401(k) and flexible spending plan contributions). She contributed $7,000 to her 401(k) account, and she contributed $3,600 to her flexible spending account.
4. ASCI paid $397 of whole life insurance premiums to cover Paige’s personal whole life insurance policy. ASCI also paid health club dues of $900 to a nearby health club on Paige’s behalf.
5. Taking advantage of ASCI’s educational assistance program, during the fall Paige enrolled in two graduate engineering classes at a local college. ASCI paid her tuition, fees, and other course-related costs of $2,300.
6. Paige received free parking in the company’s security garage that would normally cost $200 per month.
7. Paige manages the safety program for ASCI. In recognition of her superior handling of three potential crises during the year, Paige was awarded the Employee Safety Award on December 15. The cash award was #x0024;500.
8. On January 15, 2011, Paige’s father died. From her father’s estate, she received stock valued at $30,000 (his basis was $12,000) and her father’s house valued at $90,000 (his basis in the house was $55,000).
9. Paige owns several other investments and in February 2012 received a statement from her brokerage firm reporting the interest and dividends earned on the investments for 2011. (See Exhibit A.)
10. In addition to the investments discussed above, Paige owns 1,000 shares of Grubstake Mining & Development common stock. Grubstake is organized as an S corporation and has 100,000 shares outstanding (S corp. ID number 45-4567890). Grubstake reported taxable income of $200,000 and paid a distribution of $1.00 per share during the current year. Paige tells you that
Grubstake typically does not send out its K-1 reports until late April. However, its preliminary report has been consistent with the K-1 for many years. (See Exhibit A.) Paige does not materially participate in Grubstake’s activities.
11.Paige slipped on a wet spot in front of a computer store last July. She broke her ankle and was unable to work for two weeks. She incurred $1,300 in medical costs, all of which were paid by the owner of the store. The store also gave her $1,000 for pain and suffering resulting from the injury. ASCI continued to pay her salary during the two weeks she missed because of the accident.
ASCI’s plan also paid her $1,200 in disability pay for the time she was unable to work. Under this plan ASCI pays the premiums for the disability insurance as a taxable fringe benefit.
Forms 1099 and 1098
Paige received a Form 1099-B from her broker for the sale of the following securities during 2011. The adjusted basis amounts were reported to the IRS.
Commission Paid on
Sale Date Purchase Date Sales Price
Cassill Corp (500
In addition to the taxes withheld from her salary, she also made timely estimated federal
tax payments of $175 per quarter and timely estimated state income tax payments of $150 for the
first three quarters. The $150 fourth-quarter state payment was made on December 28, 2011. Paige
would like to receive a refund for any overpayment.
Because of her busy work schedule, Paige was unable to provide her accountant with the
tax documents necessary for filing her 2010 state and federal income tax returns by the due date
(April 18, 2011). In filing her extension on April 18, 2011, she made a federal tax payment of $750.
Her return was eventually filed on June 25, 2011. In August 2011, she received a federal refund of
$180 and a state tax refund of $60. Her itemized deductions for 2010 were $12,430.
Paige found a renter for her father’s house on August 1. The monthly rent is $400, and
the lease agreement is for one year. The lease requires the tenant to pay the first and last months’
rent and a $400 security deposit. The security deposit is to be returned at the end of the lease if the
property is in good condition. On August 1, Paige received $1,200 from the tenant per the terms of
the lease agreement. In November, the plumbing froze and several pipes burst. The tenant had the
repairs made and paid the $300 bill. In December, he reduced his rental payment to $100 to
compensate for the plumbing repairs. Paige provides you with the following additional information for
the rental in 2011.
Other maintenance expenses
Depreciation (to be computed)
The rental property is located at 35 Harvest Street, Orono, ME 04473. Local practice is to allocate 12
percent of the fair market value of the property to the land. (See #8.) Paige makes all decisions with
respect to the property.
Paige paid $2,050 in real estate taxes on her principal residence. The real estate tax is
used to pay for town schools and other municipal services.
Paige drives a 2010 Acura TL. Her car registration fee (based on the car year) is $50 and
covers the period 1/1/11 through 12/31/11. In addition, she paid $280 in property tax to the state
based on the book value of the car.
In addition to the medical costs presented in #11, Paige incurred the following
unreimbursed medical costs:
Emergency room charges
LASIK eye surgery
On March 1, Paige took advantage of low interest rates and refinanced her $75,000
home mortgage with her original lender. The new home loan is for 15 years. She paid $215 in
closing costs and $1,500 in discount points (prepaid interest) to obtain the loan. The house is worth
$155,000, and Paige’s basis in the house is $90,000. As part of the refinancing arrangement, she
also obtained a $10,000 home-equity loan. She used the proceeds from the home-equity loan to
reduce the balance due on her credit cards. Paige received several Form 1098 statements from her
bank for interest paid by her in 2011. Details appear below. (See also Exhibit A on page C-11.)
Primary home mortgage
On May 14, 2011, Paige contributed clothing to the Salvation Army. The original cost of
the clothing was $740. She has substantiation valuing the donation at $360. The Salvation Army is
located at 350 Stone Ridge Road, Bangor, ME 04401. In addition, she made the following cash
contributions and received a statement from each of the following organizations acknowledging her
First Methodist Church
Amos House (homeless shelter)
Local Chamber of Commerce
On April 1, 2011, Paige’s house was robbed. She apparently interrupted the burglar
because all that’s missing is an antique brooch she inherited from her grandmother (June 12, 2004)
and $300 in cash. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a separate rider on her insurance policy covering
the jewelry. Therefore, the insurance company reimbursed her only $500 for the brooch. Her basis in
the brooch was $6,000, and its fair market value was $7,500. Her insurance policy also limits to
$100 the amount of cash that can be claimed in a theft.
Paige sells real estate in the evening and on weekends. She runs her business from a
rental office she shares with several other realtors (692 River Road Bangor, ME 04401). The name
of her business is Turner Real Estate and the federal identification number is 05-8799561. Her
business code is 531210. Paige has been operating in a business-like way since 2001 and has
always shown a profit. She had the following income and expenses from her business:
Real estate license
She has used her Acura TL in her business since July 1, 2011. During 2011, she properly
documented 6,000 business miles (1,000 miles each month). The total mileage on her car (i.e.,
business- and personal-use miles) during the year was 15,000 miles (including 200 miles commuting
to and from the real estate office). In 2011, Paige elects to use the standard mileage method to
calculate her car expenses. She spent $45 on tolls and $135 on parking related to the real estate
Paige’s company has an accountable expense reimbursement plan for employees from
which Paige receives $12,000 for the following expenses:
During 2011, Paige also paid $295 for business publications other than those paid for by
her employer and $325 for a local CPA to prepare her 2010 tax return.