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    Schedule A Income Tax Calculation

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    A staff tax accountant has come to you for advice. She has begun a tax return and does not know what to do with the expenses that the client has submitted as itemized deductions. She is unsure which expenses are allowable and should be included on her Schedule A. Review the expenses submitted by the client below. (Note: The client's AGI is $45,000.)

    Client submitted expenses:
    Personal property taxes $ 500
    Reimbursed health insurance premiums $ 1,500
    Charitable contributions (cash only) $ 200
    Prescriptions $ 150
    Mortgage interest $ 3,850
    Contact lenses $ 200
    State income taxes withheld $ 1,675
    Unreimbursed medical expenses $ 875
    Services provided to a qualified non-profit $ 1,000
    Real estate taxes $ 850
    Using the client submitted expenses above, complete the following:
    • List the allowable expenses.
    • Assist your staff with the completion of the Schedule A tax form for the most recent tax year.
    • For each expense not allowed, please explain why it is disallowed.
    To obtain the most recently revised Form 1040 (Schedule A), follow these instructions:
    1. Go to http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsInstructions.html
    2. In the Find box, type 1040 (in product number) and click "Find"
    3. Scroll down to Form 1040 (Schedule A&B), titled Itemized Deductions and Interest & Ordinary Dividends
    4. Complete Schedule A only.

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    I cannot fill out Schedule A for you, but can assist with getting you started and in the right direction.

    Personal property taxes $ 500 <--- This is allowable, and we can see that it is entered on line 7 of Schedule A, under "Taxes You Paid."

    Reimbursed health insurance premiums $ 1,500 <--- This is not a deduction. We never include health insurance premiums that we have paid but have been reimbursed by our employer or another party. The same is true for medical expenses. If I pay ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution explains each item listed for preparation of Schedule A.