Chapter 7 – Cumulative Problem #59 – Jane Smith


  • You are required to prepare all necessary 2015 forms and schedules using the PDF forms provided at the IRS website. DO NOT USE TAX SOFTWARE
  • Show detailed calculations for partial credit and receipt of useful feedback.
  • Attach your tax return as a PDF file
  • Attacj ypircalculations as either a Word or Excel file.

59. Jane Smith, age 40, is single and has no dependents. She is employed as a legal secretary by Legal Services, Inc. She owns and operates Typing Services located near the campus of Florida Atlantic University at 1986 Campus Drive. Jane is a material participant in the business. She is a cash basis taxpayer. Jane lives at 2020 Oakcrest Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Jane’s Social Security number is 123-45-6789. Jane indicates that she wants to designate $3 to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. During 2015, Jane had the following income and expense items:

a. $100,000 salary from Legal Services, Inc.

b. $20,000 gross receipts from her typing services business.

c. $700 interest income from Acme National Bank.

d. $1,000 Christmas bonus from Legal Services, Inc.

e. $60,000 life insurance proceeds on the death of her sister.

f. $5,000 check given to her by her wealthy aunt.

g. $100 won in a bingo game.

h. Expenses connected with the typing services:

     Office Rent: $7,000

     Supplies: $4,400

     Utilities and telephone: $4,680

     Wages to part-time typists: $5,000

     Payroll taxes: $500

     Equipment rentals: $3,000

i. $9,500 interest expense on a home mortgage (paid to San Jose Savings and Loan).

j. $15,000 fair market value of silverware stolen from her home by a burglar on October 12, 2015. Jane had paid $14,000 for the silverware onJuly 1, 2006. She was reimbursed $1,500 by her insurance company.

k. Jane had loaned $2,100 to a friend, Joan Jensen, on June 3, 2012. Joan declared bankruptcy on August 14, 2015, and was unable to repay the loan. Assume that the loan is a bona fide debt.

l. Legal Services, Inc., withheld Federal income tax of $16,000 and the appropriate amount of FICA tax from her wages.

m. Alimony of $10,000 received from her former husband, Ted Smith.

n. Interest income of $800 on City of Boca Raton bonds.

o. Jane made estimated Federal tax payments of $1,000.

p. Sales taxes from the sales tax table of $964.

q. Property Taxes on her residence of $1,100

r. Charitable contributions of $2,500.

s. In November 2015, Jane was involved in an automobile accident. At the time of the accident, Jane’s automobile had an FMV of $45,000. After the accident, the automobile’s FMV was $38,000. Jane’s basis in the car was $52,000. Jane’s car was covered by insurance, but because the policy had a $5,000 deduction clause, Jane decided not to file a claim for the damage.

Part 1—Tax Computation

Compute Jane Smith’s 2015 Federal income tax payable (or refund due). If you use tax forms for your computations, you will need Forms 1040 and 4684 and Schedules A, C, and D. Suggested software: H&R BLOCK Tax Software.

Part 2—Tax Planning

In 2016, Jane plans to continue her job with Legal Services, Inc. Therefore, items a, d, and l will recur in 2016. Jane plans to continue her typing services business (refer to item b) and expects gross receipts of $26,000. She projects that all business expenses (refer to item h) will increase by 10%, except for office rent, which, under the terms of her lease, will remain the same as in 2015. Items e, f, g, j, k, and s will not recur in 2016. Items c, i, m, n, p, q, and r will be approximately the same as in 2015.

Jane would like you to compute the minimum amount of estimated tax she will have to pay for 2016 so that she will not have to pay any additional tax upon filing her 2016 Federal income tax return. Write a letter to Jane that contains your advice, and prepare a memo for the tax files.