Tax Return Project
Problems: Chapter 8-53 (Janice Morgan) South-Western’s Federal Taxation, Comprehensive Volume (2021). Prepare the Tax Return for 2020.
Changes to Problem: Change all year-ends to one year later; that is, 2019 becomes 2020.
The following information should be helpful in your preparation of the tax return.
(1) (a) Requirement: Prepare the federal income tax return on the appropriate IRS forms. (Even if you use a software program, you must turn in manual entries on IRS forms.) Copies of those forms and instructions are available at www.irs.gov
(b) Additional Requirements: Prepare a brief top sheet summarizing the factual information in the format of the tax formula.
(2) Strategy: You might want to start with page 1 of the 1040 and manually make entries (pencil recommended). You may then need to do subsidiary forms (e.g., Schedules C). You might also want to work out the figures for the tax formula roughly first before beginning the return.
(3) Check figures:
Adjusted gross income 20,263 Itemized deductions 12,650
Taxable income 6,040 None of SE tax is deferred, so likely only page 1 of 1040 SE required.
Please note itemized 12,650 is before 300 charitable might be taken on line 10b if taxpayer elects standard deduction. Taxpayer wants greater of itemized or standard plus 300.
(4) Check forms: (please include in your return):
, manual return
c. Forms: 1040 pages 1 and 2; Schedules 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, SE; Forms 8995 and 4562
(6) Additional helpful information:
a. Please use the sequence numbers in the upper right-hand corner of the official IRS forms for the proper order
b. Do not calculate next year’s estimates or any late filing penalty or interest.
c. There is a QBI deduction on Form 1040, page 1, line 10.