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 1112 resp/

The Byrds provide over half of the support of their two children, Cynthia (born January 25, 1991, Social Security number 123-45-6788) and John (born February 7, 1995, 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 2015, and John earned $3,800 from a part-time job. During 2015, the Byrds provided 60% of the total support of Bruce’s widower father, Sam Byrd (born March 6, 1939, 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 $1,600,000 on December 28.
The Byrds had the following expenses relating to their personal residence during 2015:
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 2015:
Medical insurance premiums ……………………………………………..$4,500
Doctor bill for Sam incurred in 2014 and not paid until 2015 …………….7,600
Operation for Sam …………………………………………………………8,500
Prescription medicines for Sam ……………………………………………..900
Hospital expenses for Sam …………………………………………………3,500
Reimbursement from insurance company, received in 2015 ………………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 2014 state return in 2015, the Byrds paid additional state income tax of $900.
• During 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015.
• Alice and Bruce paid no estimated Federal income tax. Neither Alice nor Bruce wants to designate $3 to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.
Part 1-Tax Computation
Compute net tax payable or refund due for Alice and Bruce Byrd for 2015. If they have overpaid, they want the amount to be refunded to them. If you use tax forms for your computations, you will need Forms 1040 and 2106 and Schedules A and B. Suggested software: H&R BLOCK At Home.
Part 2-Tax Planning
Alice and Bruce are planning some significant changes for 2016. They have provided you with the following information and asked you to project their taxable income and tax liability for 2016.
The Byrds will invest the $1,600,000 of life insurance proceeds in short-term certificates of deposit (CDs) and use the interest for living expenses during 2016. They expect to earn total interest of $32,000 on the CDs.
Bruce has been promoted to regional manager, and his salary for 2016 will be $88,000. He estimates that state income tax withheld will increase by $4,000 and the
Social Security tax withheld will be $5,456.
Alice, who has been diagnosed with a serious illness, will take a leave of absence from work during 2016. The estimated cost for her medical treatment is $15,400, of which $6,400 will be reimbursed by their insurance company in 2016. Their medical insurance premiums will increase to $9,769. Property taxes on their residence are expected to increase to $5,100. The Byrds’ home mortgage interest expense and charitable contributions are expected to be unchanged from 2015.
John will graduate from college in December 2015 and will take a job in New
York City in January 2016. His starting salary will be $46,000.
Assume that all of the information reported in 2015 will be the same in 2016 unless other information has been presented above.