Tax return project

Dec 6th, 2015
Price: $20 USD

Question description

The Income Tax Return may be prepared manually or using the PROSERIES (TURBOTAX) software (or some other Federal Income Tax (or Information) software that you may have access to) that is located on the Network System in the Computer Center on the Eight floor (South) at the University Of Houston-Downtown Campus (and the second floor classrooms in the Shea Street College Of Business Building) (or on the personal computers at UHD-Northwest at Lone Star College-University Park).  If you choose to prepare the Income Tax (or Information) Return using the ProSeries (TurboTax) software in the Computer Center (or at UHD-Northwest at Lone Star College-University Park), the following information applies.  The ProSeries (TurboTax) software may be accessed from any personal computer in the Computer Center that is connected to the Network System at the University Of Houston-Downtown Campus (or on the personal computers on the personal computers at UHD-Northwest at Lone Star College-University Park).  Please bring a device  to the Computer Center in order to save your data.  (Please be sure that the device is capable of saving your data).  To assist you in using the ProSeries (TurboTax) software, an operator's manual is available in the Computer Center (or at UHD-Northwest at Lone Star College-University Park).  Below is a listing of basic instructions in operating the software.


Click on START and enter "PROGRAMS" and locate "ProSeries 2014".  Click on "2014 ProSeries".  The software will appear on the screen.


Click on "New" to create a new client.  The first document that you will enter (automatically appears on the screen) will be the "Federal Information Worksheet".  Complete all necessary information on the "Federal Information Worksheet".  To enter specific tax related information, you must enter the form, schedule or document that relate to the tax related information you wish to enter.  For example, to enter information for wages earned by the taxpayers, go to "Form W-2" and enter the appropriate information; to enter information for a self-employed person, go to "Schedule C" and enter the appropriate information; to enter information regarding rental property, go to "Schedule E" and enter the appropriate information, etc.  To go to a specific form or document, you may either click on "Forms" (and then click on “Select Form”), hit the "F6" key or hit "Control F" then highlight the desired form, schedule or document (or press the lighted letter(s) and/or number(s) of the desired form, schedule or document) and press return (enter).


In many cases, information may (or must) be entered into a worksheet which is automatically transferred to where needed in the respective Income Tax Returns.  This is especially true for Schedule E (Rental Property) for entering information for Rental Property, etc.  Accordingly, pay attention to the many worksheets that are available for the Return you are preparing to see if certain information may (or must) be entered through a worksheet instead of directly in the Forms and/or Schedules of the Income Tax Return itself.


To enter depreciation information, either click on "Forms" (and then click on “Select Form”), hit the "F6" key or hit "Control F" and enter the "Depr Entry Wks".  Enter a description of the asset to be depreciated and press return (enter).  Highlight the Form or Schedule the asset relates to and press return (enter).  Complete the necessary information at the top of the "Asset Entry Worksheet".  The computed depreciation will automatically be transferred to the appropriate Form or Schedule that the asset relates.  (If the Form or Schedule that the asset relates has not been previously created, you will be asked to create the Form or Schedule at this time).


To access the print commands, press "Control P" and click on “Tax Returns” then press return (enter) to print the entire Tax Return.  If you desire to print one (1) Form or Schedule at a time, click on the printer on the tool bar with the red arrow, then click on "Choose" and select the desired Form or Schedule to print.




This Income Tax Project requires for the preparation of a 2014 Federal Income Tax Return.  Therefore, the following applies:

1.  Standard Deduction for Married Filing Jointly - $12,400.

2.  Personal And Dependency Exemption amount - $3,950.


3.  Standard Mileage Rate - $.56 per business mile.

4.  The 2014 Tax Rates (Please see inside front cover of textbook).





John Alan Kelly and Rosalyn Elaine Kelly, a married couple, live at 3822 Robin Lane Houston, Texas 77049-7236.  Their home telephone number is (713) 468-9721, home fax number is (713) 591-7014, cell telephone number for John is (832) 921-8427 and cell telephone number for Rosalyn is (832) 366-8122.  John, whose social security number is 437-29-1297 and date of birth is April 2, 1963, is employed as a Loan Officer with Houston First National Bank located at 1100 Smith Street Houston, Texas 77002-0002 and whose Employer Identification Number is 42-4732689.  John's work telephone number is (713) 654-8739 and E-Mail address is  Rosalyn's social security number is 443-63-7289 and her date of birth is January 10, 1965.  She is presently a Self-Employed sole owner of a small retail bookstore (ROSALYN'S BOOKSTORE) which she has owned and operated since January 6, 2011.  Rosalyn's Bookstore is located at 2345 Marshall Lane Houston, Texas 77044-5943, her work telephone number is (713) 434-1275, her fax number is (713) 434-1276 and E-Mail address is  The Employer Identification Number for the bookstore is 76-5678901.  The Kellys have two (2) children who lived with them for the entire year of 2014 and that they fully supported for the entire year of 2014.  The two (2) children are Jocelyn Danielle Kelly (age 17 (date of birth November 14, 1997) and social security number 643-28-1863) and Charles Aaron Kelly (age 10 (date of birth June 16, 2004) and social security number 623-51-2467).  In addition, the Kellys provided in 2014 more than one-half (1/2) of the support of Rosalyn Kelly's mother, Louise Myra Anderson, (age 74 (date of birth May 29, 1940) at the end of 2014 and social security number 440-83-6278) and who lived the entire year of 2014 in her own home located in Livingston, Texas and her only Gross Income for 2014 was nontaxable Social Security Benefits.

The Kellys, who neither wishes to contribute to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, have presented you with the following information to prepare their 2014 Federal Income Tax Return:

(a)  John earned a salary from Houston First National Bank, Inc. of $71,540 (also Social Security Wages and Medicare Wages).  Federal Income Taxes withheld from his pay was $7,832, Social Security Taxes (FICA) withheld was $4,435 and Medicare Taxes withheld was $1,037.  John is covered by a retirement pension plan provided by Houston First National Bank.

(b)  The Kellys received Interest on Savings Accounts of $1,200 from Houston First National Bank and Interest of $520 from Harris County Bonds that they own.  In addition, the Kellys received Cash Dividends of $442 (all "Qualified Dividends") from Common Stock owned in Bush Corporation.


(c)  Rosalyn uses the Cash Method Of Accounting for Federal Income Tax purposes for her business, ROSALYN'S BOOKSTORE, and the business code for the business for Federal Income Tax purposes is 451211.  Relevant Financial Information for the business for 2014 is as follows:


  Gross Sales   $126,800

  Less: Returns And Allowances     2,350   


  Accounting Services  $ 1,800 

  Advertising       2,500

  Salaries And Wages  28,720

  Payroll Taxes    2,866

  Office Rent     10,800

  Entertainment Of Customers    500

  Interest (Miscellaneous Debts)     600

  Seminar (Related To Bookstore Retailers)    400

  Supplies    1,450

  Telephone    1,600

  Utilities    1,300


  Beginning Inventory January 1, 2014    $28,400

  Ending Inventory December 31, 2014      16,800

  Purchases In 2014      12,900

  All Inventory is valued at cost.  There were no changes in determining quantities, costs or valuations between Opening and Closing Inventory.

  (All of the above Revenues, Expenses and Expenditures represent cash transactions

     that occurred during the year of 2014)



  Description       Cost    Date Purchased

  Personal Computer And Printer    $1,600.00    January 2, 2014

  (Five-Year Property)

  Computer Software    250.00    January 2, 2014

  (Three-Year Property)

  Furniture And Fixtures  12,000.00   March 5, 2011

   (Seven-Year Property)

  (All of the above assets are used exclusively at Rosalyn's Bookstore and were

   originally placed in service on the date purchased)

  Rosalyn elected to take the Section 179 Deduction for all assets acquired during the year of 2014.  Assets acquired before 2014 are depreciated using the designated useful life and the Section 179 Deduction was not elected.  (The First Year Additional Depreciation was not elected for any of these assets).

Rosalyn also drove in 2014 her personal automobile, a 2013 Buick Park Avenue, which she acquired on April 28, 2013, a total of 6,000 miles (500 miles per month) for business purposes.  Rosalyn has always used the automobile in her business and drove the automobile a total of 15,000 miles for the entire year of 2014 including 5,200 of commuting miles (Beginning Mileage Reading was 35,000 miles and Ending Mileage Reading was 50,000 miles).  Rosalyn uses the Standard Mileage Method (Automatic Mileage Method) ($.56 per mile in 2014) to recover the cost of using her automobile for business purposes.  In 2014, Rosalyn also paid $200 for parking and toll fees while using the automobile for business purposes and paid a total of $400 of Interest on the loan for the automobile.


(d)  The Kellys also own a rent home that they rent out (Actively Participate) to people unrelated to them.  The rent home (not Low-Income Housing) is located at 825 Lincoln Street Houston, Texas 77048-3252.  The Kellys originally began to rent this home on May 1, 1995 when its depreciable basis was $30,000 (total cost of $37,500 less $7,500 allocated to the Land (Straight-Line Depreciation not elected)).  Relevant information that pertains to the rent home for 2014 is as follows:

  Total Rental Revenues  $5,600


  Insurance    760 

  Mortgage Interest    1,980 

  Repairs    460 

  Property (Real Estate) Taxes    1,020 

  Lawn Maintenance       320 

  (All of the above Rental Revenues and Rental Expenses represent Cash transactions  that

   occurred  during  the  year  of  2014)

  In addition to the above, John Kelly drove in 2014 his personal automobile, a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice, in attending to the rental property a total of 400 miles (33.33 miles per month).  Finally, on June 19, 2014, the Kellys purchased new appliances (ie. refrigerator, stove and dishwasher) (five-year property) for the Rental Property for a total purchase price of $1,950.

(e)  John attended a Banking Seminar in San Francisco, California.  He incurred unreimbursed expenses of $1,450 for airfare, lodging and meals ($160 of the $1,450 was for meals).


  In addition, John drove in 2014 his personal automobile a total of 1,200 miles (100 miles per month) for work related purposes.  John purchased the car on February 3, 2011 and has always used it for work related purposes.  He drove the car a total of 12,000 miles in 2014 of which 5,200 were commuting miles (average daily round trip commuting distance of 20 miles per day) (Beginning Mileage Reading was 50,000 miles and Ending Mileage Reading was 62,000 miles).  John has always used the Standard Mileage Method (Automatic Mileage Method) in recovering the cost of using his automobile for work related purposes. 


(f)  The Kellys incurred the following personal expenses during the year of 2014:

  Medical Expenses (Unreimbursed) (Various):

    For Themselves And Their Children      $4,500

    For Rosalyn's Mother      900

  Real Estate Taxes On Personal Residence     2,470

  Home Mortgage Interest On Personal Residence      9,600

  (Jawdat Mortgage Company)

Credit Card Interest       1,900

  Interest On Car Loans       2,400

  Charitable Contributions - (Cash) (Various Charities)       1,600

  Charitable Contributions - (Property – Clothing, etc.)  (FMV)     460 ($1,000 ORIGINAL COST)

  (Star Of Hope 1240 North Main Street Houston, Texas 77001-8877)

  Income Tax Preparation Fee       225

(g)  The Kellys utilizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Optional State Sales Tax Table (See page A-14 through page A-15 of the Instructions for Schedule A) to compute their Itemized Deduction for General Sales Taxes (Their State General Sales Tax Rate is 6.25% and their Local General Sales Tax Rate is 2.00% for a Total Sales Tax Rate of 8.25%).

(h)  The Kellys paid an unrelated housekeeper/child caretaker, Shelly R. Baker, (address 3785 Pinkston Street Houston, Texas 77046-2386 and social security number 466-37-3682) and telephone number (713) 864-3267, $300 per month during the entire year of 2014 to care for their youngest child at their home while they were at work.

(i)  The Kelly's 2013 Federal Income Tax Liability was $12,420.

(j)  Rosalyn Kelly made the following Estimated Tax Payments for the year of 2014:

  April 15, 2014  $2,000

  June 16, 2014    3,100

  September 15, 2014    1,200

  January 15, 2015    2,100

(k)  The Kellys will file a Joint Federal Income Tax Return for the year of 2014.

(l)  If the Kellys will receive a refund for their 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, they would like for the refund to be Direct Deposited into their bank account as follows:

Name Of Financial Institution:  Annette Bank Of Texas

Routing Number:  111000025

Checking Account Number:  0049637821732 

(m)  Everyone on the Tax Return was covered by Health Insurance for the entire year.

NOTE:  Visit "" (Search in top right hand box for "Tax Tables" then click on "2014   Instruction 1040") for  the Tax Table (not the Tax Rate Schedules) to use to assist in   determining the Tax Liability on the Taxable Income (if preparing Income Tax Return  manually).



Form 1040    Schedule B     Schedule E   Form 2106  Form 4562 (2)

Schedule A  Schedule C   Schedule SE  Form 2441  Form 8582



  1.  Schedule E total Depreciation (Line 18): $1,480.80. (Also Line 22 – Form 4562).

  2.  Schedule E Net Income (Loss) (Line 26): ($644.80).

  3.  Schedule C Net Income (Line 31): $40,595.20.

  4.  Schedule A General Sales Taxes Deduction (Line 5): $1,692.24.

  5.  Schedule A total Deduction (Line 29): $15,883.95.

  6.  Adjusted Gross Income (Line 37 and Line 38 (Form 1040)): $110,264.44.

  7.  Tax Liability On Taxable Income (Line 44 Form 1040): $10,322.30.

  8.  Form 2441 Credit For Child And Dependent Care Expenses (Line 11): $600.

  9.  Child Tax Credit (Line 52 (Form 1040): $950.00.

10.  Tax Refund (Line 75 and Line 76a (Form 1040)): $1,723.78.




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