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a. What is the Fergusons' 2016 federal income taxes payable or refund, including any self-employmen' tax and AMT, if applicable?
John and Sandy Ferguson got married eight years ago and have a seven-year old daughter Samantha. In 2016, John worked as a computer technician at a local university earning a salary of $53,000, and Sandy worked part-time as a receptionist for a law firm earning a salary of $27,000. John also does some Web design work on the side and reported revenues of $5,000 and associated expenses of $1,250. The Fergusons received $950 in qualified dividends and a $250 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.The Fergusons had qualifying insurance for purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Use Tax Rate Schedule for reference.
The Fergusons reported making the following payments during the year:
- State income taxes of $4,600. Federal tax withholding of $4,300.
- Alimony payments to John’s former wife of $12,000.
- Child support payments for John’s child with his former wife of $6,000.
- $3,600 of real property taxes.
- Sandy was reimbursed $750 for employee business expenses she incurred. She was required to provide documentation for her expenses to her employer.
- $3,800 to Kid Care day care center for Samantha’s care while John and Sandy worked.
- $18,000 interest on their home mortgage.
- $2,500 interest on a $40,000 home-equity loan. They used the loan to pay for family vacation and new car.
- $7,100 cash charitable contributions to qualified charities.
- Donation of used furniture to Goodwill. The furniture had a fair market value of $450 and cost $2,100