Can you believe I’m still paying off my student loans, even after 15 years? I paid a total of $900 in interest on my old student loans this year. Remember when I told you about that guy that hit me with his car? I had a bunch of medical expenses that were not reimbursed to me by the lawsuit or by my insurance. I incurred a total of $20,000 in medical expenses, and I was only reimbursed for $11,000. Good thing I can write off medical expenses, right? I contributed a lot of money to charity this year. I’m such a nice guy! I gave $1,000 in cash to the March of Dimes. I contributed some of my old furniture to the church. It was some good stuff! I contributed a red velvet couch and my old recliner. The furniture is considered vintage and is worth $5,000 today (the appraiser surprised me!), even though I only paid $1,000 for it back in the day. When I contributed the furniture, the pastor said he didn’t like the fabric and was going to sell the furniture to pay for some more pews in the church. Some people just have no taste, right? Roca Cola had a charity drive this year and I contributed $90. Turns out, I don’t even miss it, because Roca Cola takes it right off my paycheck every month…$15 a month starting in July. Oh, one other bit of charity from me this year. An old buddy of mine was down on his luck. He lost his job and his house. I gave him $500 to help him out. I paid a lot of money in interest this year. I paid a total of $950 in personal credit card interest. I also paid $13,000 in interest on my home mortgage. I also paid $2,000 in real estate taxes for my new house. A few other things I want to tell you about last year. Someone broke into my house and stole my kid’s brand new bicycle and my set of golf clubs. The total loss from theft was $900. I paid $100 in union dues this year. I had to pay $1,000 for new suits for my job. Roca Cola requires its managers to wear suits every day on the job. I spent a total of $1,300 to pay for gas to commute to my job this year. Oh, this is pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter. I spent $1,000 in tuition to go to the local firefighter’s school. I did this because someone told me
that I can deduct the tuition as an itemized deduction, so the money would be coming back to me. That should be all the information you need right now. Please calculate my taxable income. You’re still doing this for free, right? 3 John and Sandy Ferguson got married eight years ago and have a seven-year old daughter Samantha. In 2010, John worked as a computer technician at a local university earning a salary of $52,000, and Sandy worked part-time as a receptionist for a law firm earning a salary of $29,000. John also does some Web design work on the side and reported revenues of $4,000 and associated expenses of $750. The Fergusons received $800 in qualified dividends and a $200 refund of their state income taxes. The Fergusons always itemize their deductions and their itemized deductions were well over the standard deduction amount last year.
- Spring '12
- Taxation in the United States, Income tax in the United States, Shauna, Shauna Coleman