Tax Refundable

Alice J. and Bruce M. Byrd are married taxpayers who file a joint return. Their Social Security numbers are 123-45-6789 and 111-11-1111, respectively. Alice’s birthday is September 21, 1967, and Bruce’s is June 27, 1966. They live at 473 Revere Avenue, Lowell, MA 01850. Alice is the office manager for Lowell Dental Clinic, 433 Broad Street, Lowell, MA 01850 (employer identification number 98-7654321). Bruce is the manager of a Super Burgers fast-food outlet owned and operated by Plymouth Corporation, 1247 Central Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (employer identification number 11-1111111).

The following information is shown on their Wage and Tax Statements (Form W–2) for 2014.

Line Description Alice Bruce
1 Wages, tips, other compensation $58,000 $62,100
2 Federal income tax withheld 4,500 6,300
3 Social Security wages 58,000 62,100
4 Social Security tax withheld 3,596 3,850
5 Medicare wages and tips 58,000 62,100
6 Medicare tax withheld 841 900
15 State Massachusetts Massachusetts
16 State wages, tips, etc. 58,000 62,100
17 State income tax withheld 2,950 3,100

The Byrds provide over half of the support of their two children, Cynthia (born January 25, 1990, Social Security number 123-45-6788) and John (born February 7, 1994, Social Security number 123-45-6786). Both children are full-time students and live with the Byrds except when they are away at college. Cynthia earned $4,200 from a summer internship in 2014, and John earned $3,800 from a part-time job.

During 2014, the Byrds provided 60% of the total support of Bruce’s widower father, Sam Byrd (born March 6, 1938, Social Security number 123-45-6787). Sam lived alone and covered the rest of his support with his Social Security benefits. Sam died in November, and Bruce, the beneficiary of a policy on Sam’s life, received life insurance proceeds of $800,000 on December 28.

The Byrds had the following expenses relating to their personal residence during 2014:

Property taxes $5,000
Qualified interest on home mortgage 8,700
Repairs to roof 5,750
Utilities 4,100
Fire and theft insurance 1,900

The Byrds had the following medical expenses for 2014:

Medical insurance premiums $4,500
Doctor bill for Sam incurred in 2013 and not paid until 2014 7,600
Operation for Sam 8,500
Prescription medicines for Sam 900
Hospital expenses for Sam 3,500
Reimbursement from insurance company, received in 2014 3,600

The medical expenses for Sam represent most of the 60% that Bruce contributed toward his father’s support.

Other relevant information follows:

When they filed their 2013 state return in 2014, the Byrds paid additional state income tax of $900.

During 2014, Alice and Bruce attended a dinner dance sponsored by the Lowell Police Disability Association (a qualified charitable organization). The Byrds paid $300 for the tickets. The cost of comparable entertainment would normally be $50.

The Byrds contributed $5,000 to Lowell Presbyterian Church and gave used clothing (cost of $1,200 and fair market value of $350) to the Salvation Army. All donations are supported by receipts, and the clothing is in very good condition.

In 2014, the Byrds received interest income of $2,750, which was reported on a Form 1099–INT from Second National Bank.

Alice’s employer requires that all employees wear uniforms to work. During 2014, Alice spent $850 on new uniforms and $566 on laundry charges.

Bruce paid $400 for an annual subscription to the Journal of Franchise Management and $741 for annual membership dues to his professional association.

Neither Alice’s nor Bruce’s employer reimburses for employee expenses.

The Byrds do not keep the receipts for the sales taxes they paid and had no major purchases subject to sales tax.

All members of the Byrd family had health insurance coverage for all of 2014.

Alice and Bruce paid no estimated Federal income tax. Neither Alice nor Bruce wants to designate $3 to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

REQUIREMENTS

Compute net refund due tax payable for Alice and Bruce Byrd for 2014.

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