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Tax Return Project (Due by end of class May 6th)




Please complete the required federal individual income tax return forms for the following taxpayers.  Unless instructed otherwise, the information provided is for the taxpayers’ 2013 tax year.  Please complete their 2013 tax return. Ignore the requirement to attach the form(s) W-2 to the front page of the Form 1040.  If required information is missing, use reasonable assumptions to fill in the gaps.


Joseph and Diana Cohen live in Pleasantville, New Jersey.  Joseph is the Vice President of Sales at a small start-up company.  Diana is a former advertising executive who currently consults with former clients.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of an advertising company.  The Cohens have three children: Rebecca (18), Alan (15) and David (12).  During the year, Rebecca left home to attend a liberal arts college.  The Cohens plan to file a joint tax return.The Cohens provided the following information:Joseph’sSocial Security number is 598-94-2583

·         Diana’s Social Security number is 301-52-2942

·         Rebecca’s Social Security number is 887-44-8710

·         Alan’s Social Security number is 810-42-9092

·         David’s Social Security number is 855-11-3021

·         The Cohen’s mailing address is 85 North Maple Drive, Pleasantville, New Jersey 08233

·         Rebecca, Alan, and David are tax dependents for federal tax purposes


Joseph Cohen reported the following the following information relating to his employment during the year:



Gross Wages

Federal Income Tax Withholding

State Income Tax Withholding

Alternative Energy





The above amounts do not reflect any income items described below.  .Joseph’s employer withheld all applicable and appropriate payroll taxes on all income for which it was required to withhold.


Diana Cohen received the following revenue during the year (she uses the cash method of accounting).


Consulting revenue reported to her on a form 1099-MISC, Box 7

                High-end Retail                                                 $32,000

                Jensen’s Health Products                             $8,500

                Strategic Solutions                                           $3,750


                Board of Directors fees reported to her on a form 1099-MISC, Box 7

                                Natural Sunshine, Inc.                                    $6,500







During the year, Diana paid the following business expenses:



                                Airfare                                                                  $2,900

                                Hotel                                                                     $1,450

                                Meals                                                                    $390

                                Parking                                                                 $320


                She drove 290 business milesfor her consulting related activities (she has documentation to verify)



                Board of Director-related-

                                Meals                                                                    $125

                                Hotel                                                                     $225


                She drove 315 business milesfor her Board of Director activities (she has documentation to verify)


Neither business required the filing of forms 1099 to report payments made during the tax year.  In addition, Ms. Cohen drove a 2010 Lexus purchased on January 1, 2010 for all of her business mileage.  She drove the vehicle a total of 10,605 miles during the year for all purposes.  She has written documentation to support the mileage amounts.  She also has access to another vehicle for personal purposes.


The Cohens also received the following during the year:


Interest income from First Bank of New Jersey                                  $320

Interest income from Patterson, New Jersey School District        $200

Interest income from U.S. Treasury Bond                                             $350

Interest income from General Mills corporate bond                        $400

Qualified dividend income from Rio Tinto                                             $1,500

Qualified dividend income from Microsoft                                           $750

Qualified dividend income from Cooper Tire                                       $200

Qualified dividend income from Cardinal Health                                                $425

Qualified dividend income from Union Pacific                                     $140

Qualified dividend income from Procter & Gamble                           $190

Qualified dividend income from PepsiCo                                                               $225

Qualified dividend income from Kellogg                                                                $200

Qualified dividend income from Abbott Labs                                       $275

Qualified dividend income from 3M                                                        $350

Dividend income (not qualified) from China Fund                             $2,000


The Cohens did not own, control or manage any foreign bank accounts nor were they a grantor or beneficiary of a foreign trust during the tax year.




The Cohens had the following activity in their brokerage account during the year.All transactions were reported on a form 1099-B with Box A checked:


Sold 2,000 shares of Microsoft                                   7/1/CY (current year)     $22,500

Sold 75 shares of Apple                                                 4/15/CY                                $28,750

Sold 350 shares of Cooper Tire                                   10/14/CY                              $14,700

Sold 1,000 shares of Cardinal Health                        9/3/CY                                  $35,000

Sold 50 shares of Union Pacific                                   1/7/CY                                  $2,750


Purchased 100 shares of Procter&Gamble            7/10/CY                                $7,700

Purchased 75 shares of Apple                                    4/18/CY                                $29,000

Purchased 350 shares of Cooper Tire                      11/1/CY                                $14,000

Purchased 350 shares of PepsiCo                              5/14/CY                                $32,000

Purchased 300 shares of Kellogg                                               10/14/CY                              $21,000


Relevant tax basis/holding period information related to sales of securities in the current year:


Purchased 2,000 shares of Microsoft on 5/1/CY for $21,000

Purchased 200 shares of Apple on 3/8/2010 for $90,000

Purchased 300 shares of Cooper Tire on 1/12/2009 for $9,000

Purchased 50 shares of Cooper Tire on 6/28/CY for $2,000

Received 1,000 shares of Cardinal Health from Diana’s father as a gift on 10/10/96.  Donor’s basis was $7,000.  FMV at the date of the gift was $41,000

Purchased 100 shares of Union Pacific on 9/5/PY (prior year) for $6,000


The Cohens have a $43,000 long-term capital loss carry forwardfrom their prior tax year.


The Cohens received a New Jersey state tax refund of $400 in the current year relating to theirprior year New Jersey Individual Income Tax return filed in April of the current year.  The Cohensreceived full benefit for all of thestate tax income taxes they paid and deducted in the prior year.


In May, Joseph was injured at home in an accident.  The accident restricted Joseph from working for about a month.  During this time, Joseph received $15,000 in disability payments attributable to a disability insurance policy.  The disability policy premiums were paid on Joseph’s behalf as a nontaxable fringe benefit.


The Cohens paid the following expenses during the year:


Dentist (unreimbursed by insurance)                                                                     $1,500

Doctors (unreimbursed by insurance)                                                                    $ 2,425

Prescriptions (unreimbursed by insurance)                                                          $   675

Real property taxes on residence                                                                             $7,525

Vehicle property tax based upon value                                                                  $1,250

Mortgage interest on principal residence                                                              $12,550

Margin interest paid to broker                                                                                   $600

Contribution to United Way                                                                                        $2,000

Contribution to American Cancer Society                                                              $5,000

Contribution to neighborhood drive to oppose development project      $500

Contribution to the Temple Mount Synagogue                                                  $12,000

Fee paid to Mouser, Johnson, and Hintze CPAs for tax preparation          $450


The Cohens also donated clothing, electronics, furniture and other household goods to the Salvation Army of Pleasantville, New Jersey on April 15. Estimated thrift value of the goods donated is $275.


Miscellaneous Information


During the year, the Cohens paid for Rebecca’s tuition payments to attend The College of Liberal Arts of New Jersey (CLA).  Rebecca attended the spring/summer and the fall semesters as a full-time student.  Total amount paid by the Cohens during the year for tuition was $9,000 and $2,000 for books.  Rebecca also used $6,000 from a scholarship received from CLA to pay the rest of the tuition.  Rebecca was not required to perform any services as a condition of accepting the scholarship.  Rebecca was not employed during the year.   CLA’s address and employer identification number (EIN) is as follows:


The College of Liberal Arts of New Jersey

65 Ivory Tower

Penns Grove, NJ 08069

EIN- 22-5698324



The Cohens would like to contribute to the Presidential Election Campaign.  The Cohenswould also like to receive a refund (if any) of any tax they may have overpaid for the year.  Their preferred method of receiving the refund is by check.

ax return problem?
Form 1040
Form 1040 – Schedule A
Form 1040 – Schedule B
Form 1040 – Schedule C (You should have two of these.)
Form 1040 – Schedule D
Form 8949