Mike E. Jones and Joan A. Baxter, each age 43, married on September 7, 2015. Mike and Joan will file a joint return for 2019. Mike’s Social Security number is 111-11-1112. Joan’s Social Security number is 111-11-1113, and she adopted “Jones” as her married name. They live at 201 Riverview Dr, Augusta, GA 30901.
Since there is no mention of any dependents, what is their filing status?
When entering the personal information for the taxpayers, it is VERY IMPORTANT to accurately type in their names, addresses, and social security numbers. If there are errors, the IRS may not be able to properly process the return.
You will need to enter a date of birth for each taxpayer as the software will try to determine if the taxpayers are eligible for the ADDITIONAL standard deduction related to their age. As the taxpayers are 43, calculate the year they were born and just pick a date of birth in that year.
Mike was divorced from Sally Jones in March 2014. Under the divorce agreement, Mike is to pay Sally $2,000 per month for the next 8 years or until Sally’s death, whichever occurs first. Mike pays Sally $24,000 in 2019. In addition, in January 2019, Mike pays Sally $50,000, which is designated as being for her share of the marital property. Also, Mike is responsible for all prior years’ income taxes. Sally’s Social Security number is 123-45-6788.
Is Mike eligible to take a deduction for his payment to Sally for the $24,000 paid in 2019?
Is Mike eligible to take a deduction for the $50,000 payment to Sally for her share of the marital property?
If any of the payments qualify as alimony, alimony is entered in the Deductions area – “Adjustments to Income” in the “Less Common Scenarios” tab.
Joan recently graduated from law school and is employed by Legal Liability, Inc. (Federal I.D. No. 11- 1111111), as a prosecutor. She receives a salary of $45,000 in 2019. Her employer withheld $8,000 for Federal income taxes and $2,000 for state income taxes. The proper amounts were withheld for FICA taxes.
Is Joan’s salary taxable? Which line should it be reflected on Form 1040?
The taxes withheld must be entered into the tax software as well (Make sure you click the box indicating that this is the spouse’s W-2).
Where do the Federal taxes withheld get reported on the tax return?
Where do the state taxes withheld get reported on the tax return?
Joan has $1,000 in qualified dividends on Mesa Corporation stock she inherited.
Are the dividends taxable? If so, where are they reported on Form 1040? Are they also reported on another schedule? Is there any special tax treatment since the dividends are qualified? Please note that when you are entering your qualified dividends in the software, you enter them twice – one as ordinary dividends and once as qualified dividends. The software is basically asking you, of all the ordinary dividends you received ($1,000), how much of them are qualified dividends subject to the preferential tax rates ($1,000)?
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