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Comprehensive Personal Income Tax Questions

Marc and Michelle are married and earned salaries this year (2009) of $64,000 and $12,000, respectively. In addition to their salaries, they received interest of $350 from municipal bonds and $500 from corporate bonds. Marc and Michelle also paid $2,500 of qualifying moving expenses, and Marc paid alimony to a prior spouse in the amount of $1,500. Marc and Michelle have a 10-year-old son, Matthew, who lived with them throughout the entire year. Thus, Marc and Michelle are allowed to claim a $1,000 child tax credit for Matthew. Marc and Michelle paid $6,000 of expenditures that qualify as itemized deductions and they had a total of $5,500 in federal income taxes withheld from their paychecks during the course of the year.

a. What is Marc and Michelle's gross income?
b. What is Marc and Michelle's adjusted gross income?
c. What is the total amount of Marc and Michelle's deductions from AGI?
d. What is Marc and Michelle's taxable income?
e. What is Marc and Michelle's taxes payable or refund due for the year? (Use the tax rate schedules.)

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Here is an explanation for the problem regarding Marc's and Michelle's taxes.

-Their gross income is $76,500 (their salaries of $64,000 & $12,000 and their corporate bond interest of $500).

-Their adjusted gross income (AGI) is $72,500 (their gross income subtracted by their qualified moving expenses of $2,500 and the alimony paid of $1,500).

-Thus, their total amount of deductions from AGI is $4,000 ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains how to figure March and Michelle's gross income, AGI, deductions, taxable income and whether or not they receive a refund (or need to pay in).