Mark and Lori’s Taxation Assignment Help With Solution
Mark Moore, 48, Social Security Number 123-45-6789, is a self-employed architect. His gross income is $201,000. In 2014, he paid estimated taxes of $33,000. His wife, Lori, 45, Social Security Number 123-48-9012, is an elementary school teacher. Her W-2 earnings were $46,000. She had $6,050 withheld in federal tax.
Mark and Lori’s son, Brian, 23, Social Security number, 456-23-4556, a full-time college student, graduated from college in May of 2014 but still lives at home and his parents pay his living expenses. His W-2 earnings were $25,000; he had $4,000 withheld in federal taxes. Brian is saving his earnings for graduate school which he hopes to attend in a couple of years.
Their daughter, Sara, 9, Social Security Number 245-78-8978, is in elementary school and has income of $9,500 from a part time modeling job. All her earnings are deposited in an investment account for her future.
Lori’s mother, Alice Jones, 77, Social Security Number 345-67-8910, has lived with the family since November 2013, except for four months in 2014, when she was convalescing in a nursing home from a hip fracture. She receives $12,000 from Social Security. Alice also receives a taxable pension, reported as $8,000 on her 1099-R.
Mark has a few business expenses. They include:
❖ $5,821 on office supplies.
❖ 1,350 for advertising.
❖ $6,700 on blueprints for jobs.
❖ $350 for printing.
❖ $1,100 on permits for jobs.
❖ $1,423 for home show fees.
❖ $10,000 for a part-time employee.
❖ Total Social Security taxes relating to this employee of $1,240, and Medicare taxes of $290 (includes both the employer and employee portions). Federal income taxes (withholding) were also paid, as well as $56 in federal unemployment taxes.
❖ $349 for professional journals related to architecture.
❖ $2,400 (a $200 monthly flat rate) for his cell phone, which is used 85% for business.
❖ $543 for long distance business phone calls placed on his home phone.
❖ Mark belongs to several local Chambers of Commerce. During 2014, he paid $360 in dues.
❖ $2,348 for various tickets to football games that he took his clients to.
❖ Mark paid $15,000 in country club dues for the 2014 tax year. The entire family uses the club for swimming, sports activities, and dining. Mark used the club to entertain several of his clients during the year. His use of the club was 18% of the total use of the club. He spent $3,320 for business meals at the country club and $4,950 for golf fees when he and his clients played golf at the club. Each time he entertained clients, business was discussed before, during and/or after golfing or meals at the club.
❖ Mark also incurred the following business expenses to attend several architecture conferences during the tax year. All conferences were in the United States.
o Hotel 1,229
o Meals 2,142
o Transportation 220
o Conference fees 1,190
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He uses one room of the house as an office (1/16 of the total square footage of the house). The house was purchased on August 5, 2011 for $401,000, of which $75,000 was allocated to the purchase price of the lot. The home is 2,800 square feet. Lori also often uses this room to work on her craft projects. The room is also used for out of town guests who visit. Some expenses related to this home office include
Utilities (total for the house)2,590
Insurance (total for the house)1,450
Painting of the room 600
In June of 2014 Mark purchased the following assets for use in his business. (All other assets he uses in his business were purchased a number of years ago and were either expensed or have been completely depreciated before this year.) All the recently purchased assets are used 100% for business. Because he anticipates his income increasing substantially next year, he does not wish to expense any of the purchases nor claim any additional first year depreciation he might be eligible for.
File Cabinet 2,450
Mark has carefully kept a log of his 12,900 miles spent driving to clients and returning to his home office each day. He visits only one client a day. He drives a 2012 Volkswagen Passat, which they paid off in 2013. He purchased the car for $28,700. He kept no gas, maintenance or any other auto-expense receipts.
Mark’s employer identification number for his business is 38-6543210.
Lori completed her Masters degree in elementary education in 2014, having decided that the advanced degree would improve her work skills and increase her salary and marketability. In 2014, she fully paid tuition of $7,500.
Lori also subscribes to a number of teaching journals. She feels they help her improve her skills at work and make her a better employee. She spent $250 on these journals and she also spent $350 on supplies for her classroom.
Lori, who also likes to make and sell crafts, had gross receipts of $7,320 from this activity. The materials for the crafts she sold cost her $4,315; other miscellaneous expenses (marketing and craft show fees and postage) totaled $1,805. This is the first year that Lori has attempted to sell any of her crafts. Since she feels she was successful, she plans to continue this activity into the future as a part time business.
In 2014, Mark and Lori took out a home equity loan of $75,000. Of that sum, they spent $26,000 on a new Ford Fusion which Lori drives and for which they also paid $1,560 in sales tax. They used $24,000 to pay the nursing-home bill that Alice couldn’t pay herself. They paid $2,550 in interest on the home equity loan.
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