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tax problem-John and Mary Jane Diaz are married, filing jointly. John is age 35, and Mary Jane is age




Question;2. John and Mary Jane Diaz are married, filing jointly. John is age 35, and Mary Jane is age30. Their address is 204 Shoe Lane, Blacksburg, VA 24061. They are expecting their first child in early 2014. John?s salary in 2013 was $95,000, from which $20,200 of Federal income tax and $4,700 of state income tax were withheld. Mary Jane made $52,000 and had $3,000 of Federal income tax and $3,100 of state income tax withheld. The appropriate amount of FICA tax was withheld for John and for Mary Jane: for John, Social Security tax of $5,890 and Medicare tax of $1,378, for Mary Jane, Social Security tax of $3,224 andMedicare tax of $754. John?s Social Security number is 111-11-1111, and Mary Jane?s SocialSecurity number is 123-45-6789.John and Mary Jane are both covered by their employer?s medical insurance policies with four-fifths of the premiums being paid by the employers. The total premiums were $10,000 for John and $6,200 for Mary Jane. Mary Jane received medical benefits of $7,300 under the plan. John was not ill during 2013. Mary Jane paid noncovered medical expenses of $1,300.John makes child support payments of $15,000 for his son, Rod, who lives with June,John?s former spouse, except for two months in the summer when he visits John andMary Jane. At the time of the divorce, John worked for a Fortune 500 company and received a salary of $225,000. As a result of corporate downsizing, he lost his job.Mary Jane?s father lived with them until his death in November. His only sources of income were salary of $2,800, unemployment compensation benefits of $3,500, andSocial Security benefits of $4,100. Of this amount, he deposited $6,000 in a savings account. The remainder of his support of $9,500, which included funeral expenses of $4,500, was provided by John and Mary Jane.Other income received by the Diazes was as follows:Interest on certificates of deposit $3,300Share of S corporation taxable income (distributions from the S corporation to Mary Jane were $1,100) 1,500Award received by Mary Jane from employer for an outstanding suggestion for cutting costs 3,000John has always wanted to operate his own business. In October 2013, he incurred expenses of $15,000 in investigating the establishment of a retail computer franchise.With the birth of their child expected next year, however, he decides to forgo selfemployment for at least a couple of years.John and Mary Jane made charitable contributions of $3,700 during the year and paid an additional $1,600 in state income taxes in 2013 upon filing their 2012 state income tax return. Their deductible home mortgage interest was $8,200, and their property taxes came to $4,900. They paid sales taxes of $2,000, for which they have receipts.They paid a ticket of $150 that Mary Jane received for running a red light (detected by a red light camera).Part 1?Tax ComputationCalculate John and Mary Jane?s tax (or refund) due for 2013.Part 2?Tax PlanningAssume that the Diazes come to you for advice in December 2013. John has learned that he will receive a $30,000 bonus. He wants to know if he should take it in December 2013 or in January 2014. Mary Jane will quit work on December 31 to stay home with the baby.Their itemized deductions will decrease by $3,100 because Mary Jane will not have state income taxes withheld. Mary Jane will not receive the employee award in 2014. She expects the medical benefits received to be $9,000. The Diazes expect all of their other income items to remain the same in 2014. Write a letter to John and Mary Jane that contains your advice and prepare a memo for the tax files.Tax ComputationProblem


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