Armando z. and lourdes k. gonzales tax returns 2015

1.     Armando Z. and Lourdes K. Gonzales are married and file a joint return. Armando is self-employed as a dentist, and Lourdes is a college professor. Armando and Lourdes have three children. The oldest is Ricardo, who lives at home. Ricardo is a law student at the University of Cincinnati and worked part time during the year, earning $1,500, which he spent for his own support. Armando and Lourdes provided $6,000 toward Ricardo’s support (including $4,000 for Ricardo’s fall tuition). They also provided over half the support of their daughter, Selena, who is a full-time student at Edgecliff College in Cincinnati. Selena worked part time as an independent contractor during the year, earning $3,200. Selena lived at home until she was married in December 2015. She filed a joint return with her husband, Tony, who earned $20,000 during the year. Felipe is the youngest and lived in the Gonzales’s home for the entire year. The Gonzaleses provide you with the following additional information:

·       Armando and Lourdes would like to take advantage on their return of any educational expenses paid for their children.

·       The Gonzaleses do not want to contribute to the presidential election campaign.

·       The Gonzaleses live at 621 Franklin Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211.

·       Armando’s birthday is 3/5/1957 and his Social Security number is 333-45-6666.

·       Lourdes’s birthday is 4/24/1960 and her Social Security number is 566-77-8888.

·       Ricardo’s birthday is 11/6/1992 and his Social Security number is 576-18-7928.

·       Selena’s birthday is 2/1/1996 and her Social Security number is 575-92-4321.

·       Felipe’s birthday is 12/12/2003 and his Social Security number is 613-97-8465.

·       The Gonzaleses do not have any foreign bank accounts or trusts.



Lourdes is a lecturer at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where she earned $30,000. The university withheld federal income tax of $3,375, state income tax of $900, Cincinnati city income tax of $375, $1,860 of Social Security tax, and $435 of Medicare tax. She also worked part of the year for Delta Airlines. Delta paid her $10,000 in salary, and withheld federal income tax of $1,125, state income tax of $300, Cincinnati city income tax of $125, Social Security tax of $620, and Medicare tax of $145.


       The Gonzaleses received $800 of interest from State Savings Bank on a joint account. They received interest of $1,000 on City of Cincinnati bonds they bought in January with the proceeds of a loan from Third National Bank of Cincinnati. They paid interest of $1,100 on the loan. Armando received a dividend of $540 on General Bicycle Corporation stock he owns. Lourdes received a dividend of $390 on Acme Clothing Corporation stock she owns. Armando and Lourdes received a dividend of $865 on jointly owned stock in Maple Company. All of the dividends received in 2015 are qualified dividends.


       Armando practices under the name “Armando Z. Gonzales, DDS.” His business is located at 645 West Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211, and his employer identification number is 01-2222222. Armando’s gross receipts during the year were $111,000. Armando uses the cash method of accounting for his business. Armando’s business expenses are as follows:


$ 1,200

Professional dues


Professional journals


Contributions to employee benefit plans


Malpractice insurance


Fine for overbilling State of Ohio for work performed on welfare patient


Insurance on office contents


Interest on money borrowed to refurbish office


Accounting services


Miscellaneous office expense


Office rent


Dental supplies


Utilities and telephone




Payroll taxes


       In June, Armando decided to refurbish his office. This project was completed and the assets placed in service on July 1. Armando’s expenditures included $8,000 for new office furniture, $6,000 for new dental equipment (seven-year recovery period), and $2,000 for a new computer. Armando elected to compute his cost recovery allowance using MACRS. He did not elect to use §179 immediate expensing, and he chose to not claim any bonus depreciation.


       Lourdes’s mother, Maria, died on July 2, 2010, leaving Lourdes her entire estate. Included in the estate was Maria’s residence (325 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211). The Gonzaleses’ basis in the property is $155,000. The property was distributed to Lourdes on January 1, 2011. The Gonzaleses have held the property as rental property and have managed it themselves. From 2011 until June 30, 2015, they rented the house to the same tenant. The tenant was transferred to a branch office in California and moved out at the end of June. Since they did not want to bother finding a new tenant, Armando and Lourdes sold the house on June 30, 2015. They received $140,000 for the house and land ($15,000 for the land and $125,000 for the house), less a 6 percent commission charged by the broker. They had depreciated the house using the MACRS rules and conventions applicable to residential real estate. To compute depreciation on the house, the Gonzaleses had allocated $15,000 of the property’s basis to the land on which the house is located. The Gonzaleses collected rent of $1,000 a month during the six months the house was occupied during the year. They incurred the following related expenses during this period:

Property insurance


Property taxes




Depreciation (to be computed)


       The Gonzaleses sold 200 shares of Capp Corporation stock on September 3, 2015, for $42 a share (minus a $50 commission). The Gonzaleses received the stock from Armando’s father on June 25, 1980, as a wedding present. Armando’s father originally purchased the stock for $10 per share on January 1, 1967. The stock was valued at $14.50 per share on the date of the gift. No gift tax was paid on the gift.


       Lourdes is required by Xavier University to visit several high schools in the Cincinnati area to evaluate Xavier University students who are doing their practice teaching. However, she is not reimbursed for the expenses she incurs in doing this. During the spring semester (January through April 2015), she drove her personal automobile 6,800 miles in fulfilling this obligation. Lourdes drove an additional 6,700 personal miles during 2015. She has been using the car since June 30, 2014. Lourdes uses the standard mileage method to calculate her car expenses.


       Armando and Lourdes have given you a file containing the following receipts for expenditures during the year:

Prescription medicine and drugs (net of insurance reimbursement)

$ 376

Doctor and hospital bills (net of insurance reimbursement)


Penalty for underpayment of last year’s state income tax


Real estate taxes on personal residence


Interest on home mortgage (paid to Home State Savings & Loan)


Interest on credit cards (consumer purchases)


Cash contribution to St. Matthew’s church


Payroll deductions for Lourdes’s contributions to the United Way


Professional dues (Lourdes)


Professional subscriptions (Lourdes)


Fee for preparation of 2014 tax return paid April 12, 2015


       The Gonzaleses filed their 2014 federal, state, and local returns on April 12, 2015. They paid the following additional 2014 taxes with their returns: federal income taxes of $630, state income taxes of $250, and city income taxes of $75.

       The Gonzaleses made timely estimated federal income tax payments of $1,500 each quarter during 2015. They also made estimated state income tax payments of $300 each quarter and estimated city income tax payments of $160 each quarter. The Gonzaleses made all fourth-quarter payments on December 31, 2015. They would like to receive a refund for any overpayments.

       Armando and Lourdes have qualifying insurance for purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Check figures:


1040 AGI:  $89,064

Taxable income: $49,758

Line 75 results in a small refund

Schedule C:  $42,110

Schedule E:  $1,902

Schedule C Form 4562:  line 22   $2,400

Schedule E Form 4562:  line 22   $2,333

Form 4797:  lin 18b:  -918





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