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Please complete the required federal individual income tax return forms for the following taxpayers. Unless instructed otherwise, the information provided is for the taxpayers’ 2012 tax year. Please complete their 2012 tax return. Ignore the requirement to attach the form(s) W-2 to the front page of the Form 1040. If required information is missing, use reasonable assumptions to fill in the gaps.

Joseph and Diana Cohen live in Pleasantville, New Jersey. Joseph is the Vice President of Sales at a small start-up company. Diana is a former advertising executive who currently consults with former clients. She also serves on the Board of Directors of an advertising company. The Cohens have three children: Rebecca (18), Alan (15) and David (12). During the year, Rebecca left home to attend a liberal arts college. The Cohens plan to file a joint tax return. The Cohens provided the following information: Joseph’s Social Security number isNNN-NN-NNNN/p>

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The Cohen’s mailing address is 85 North Maple Drive, Pleasantville, New Jersey 08233

Rebecca, Alan, and David are tax dependents for federal tax purposes

Joseph Cohen reported the following the following information relating to his employment during the year:


Gross Wages

Federal Income Tax Withholding

State Income Tax Withholding

Alternative Energy




The above amounts do not reflect any income items described below. . Joseph’s employer withheld all applicable and appropriate payroll taxes on all income for which it was required to withhold.

Diana Cohen received the following revenue during the year (she uses the cash method of accounting).

Consulting revenue reported to her on a form 1099-MISC, Box 7

High-end Retail $32,000

Jensen’s Health Products $8,500

Strategic Solutions $3,750

Board of Directors fees reported to her on a form 1099-MISC, Box 7

Natural Sunshine, Inc. $6,500

During the year, Diana paid the following business expenses:


Airfare $2,900

Hotel $1,450

Meals $390

Parking $320

She drove 290 business miles for her consulting related activities (she has documentation to verify)

Board of Director-related-

Meals $125

Hotel $225

She drove 315 business miles for her Board of Director activities (she has documentation to verify)

Neither business required the filing of forms 1099 to report payments made during the tax year. In addition, Ms. Cohen drove a 2010 Lexus purchased on January 1, 2010 for all of her business mileage. She drove the vehicle a total of 10,605 miles during the year for all purposes. She has written documentation to support the mileage amounts. She also has access to another vehicle for personal purposes.

The Cohens also received the following during the year:

Interest income from First Bank of New Jersey $320

Interest income from Patterson, New Jersey School District $200

Interest income from U.S. Treasury Bond $350

Interest income from General Mills corporate bond $400

Qualified dividend income from Rio Tinto $1,500

Qualified dividend income from Microsoft $750

Qualified dividend income from Cooper Tire $200

Qualified dividend income from Cardinal Health $425

Qualified dividend income from Union Pacific $140

Qualified dividend income from Procter & Gamble $190

Qualified dividend income from PepsiCo $225

Qualified dividend income from Kellogg $200

Qualified dividend income from Abbott Labs $275

Qualified dividend income from 3M $350

Dividend income (not qualified) from China Fund $2,000

The Cohens did not own, control or manage any foreign bank accounts nor were they a grantor or beneficiary of a foreign trust during the tax year.

The Cohens had the following activity in their brokerage account during the year. All transactions were reported on a form 1099-B with Box A checked:

Sold 2,000 shares of Microsoft 7/1/CY (current year) $22,500

Sold 75 shares of Apple 4/15/CY $28,750

Sold 350 shares of Cooper Tire 10/14/CY $14,700

Sold 1,000 shares of Cardinal Health 9/3/CY $35,000

Sold 50 shares of Union Pacific 1/7/CY $2,750

Purchased 100 shares of Procter & Gamble 7/10/CY $7,700

Purchased 75 shares of Apple 4/18/CY $29,000

Purchased 350 shares of Cooper Tire 11/1/CY $14,000

Purchased 350 shares of PepsiCo 5/14/CY $32,000

Purchased 300 shares of Kellogg 10/14/CY $21,000

Relevant tax basis/holding period information related to sales of securities in the current year:

Purchased 2,000 shares of Microsoft on 5/1/CY for $21,000

Purchased 200 shares of Apple on 3/8/2010 for $90,000

Purchased 300 shares of Cooper Tire on 1/12/2009 for $9,000

Purchased 50 shares of Cooper Tire on 6/28/CY for $2,000

Received 1,000 shares of Cardinal Health from Diana’s father as a gift on 10/10/96. Donor’s basis was $7,000. FMV at the date of the gift was $41,000

Purchased 100 shares of Union Pacific on 9/5/PY (prior year) for $6,000

The Cohens have a $43,000 long-term capital loss carry forward from their prior tax year.

The Cohens received a New Jersey state tax refund of $400 in the current year relating to their prior year New Jersey Individual Income Tax return filed in April of the current year. The Cohens did not pay the alternative minimum tax in the prior year and they received full benefit for all of the state tax income taxes they paid and deducted in the prior year.

Diana is a 10% owner in an advertising agency Bright Ideas (“BI”) (EIN 20-1234567). BI is a Subchapter S corporation. The company reported ordinary business income for the 2013 year of $150,000. Sarah acquired the stock several years ago. Her basis in the stock before considering her income allocation was $92,000. Sarah is a passive owner with respect to this entity.

Diana is a 20% owner in Natural Sunshine, Inc. (“NS”) (EIN 24-9876543). NS is a Subchapter S corporation. The company reported an ordinary business loss for the year of ($80,000). Sarah acquired the stock several years ago. Her basis in the stock before considering her loss allocation was $45,000. Sarah is a passive owner with respect to this entity.

Joseph received 5,000 shares of restricted (common) stock from his employer on July 1 of the current year. The terms of the restricted stock grant are such that if Joseph is still employed by Alternative Energy on July 1 in five years the entire 5,000 shares will vest and become his property. Joseph, upon the advice of his tax advisor, prepared and filed an IRC Section 83(b) election on July 8, of the current year. The value of the shares on July 1 was $5 per share. Joseph estimates the value of the shares in five years will be at least $150 per share. Joseph notified Alternative Energy about the IRC Sec. 83(b) in a timely manner. None of the income tax consequences of this restricted stock grant were reported in the $115,325 reported as part of his gross wages above.

In May, Joseph was injured at home in an accident. The accident restricted Joseph from working for about a month. During this time, Joseph received $15,000 in disability payments attributable to a disability insurance policy. The disability policy premiums were paid on Joseph’s behalf as a nontaxable fringe benefit.

The Cohens paid the following expenses during the year:

Dentist (unreimbursed by insurance) $1,500

Doctors (unreimbursed by insurance) $ 2,425

Prescriptions (unreimbursed by insurance) $ 675

Real property taxes on residence $7,525

Vehicle property tax based upon value $1,250

Mortgage interest on principal residence $12,550

Margin interest paid to broker $600

Contribution to United Way $2,000

Contribution to American Cancer Society $5,000

Contribution to neighborhood drive to oppose development project $500

Contribution to the Temple Mount Synagogue $12,000

Fee paid to Mouser, Johnson, and Hintze CPAs for tax preparation $450

The Cohens also donated clothing, electronics, furniture and other household goods to the Salvation Army of Pleasantville, New Jersey on April 15. Estimated thrift value of the goods donated is $275.

Miscellaneous Information

On September 1, the Cohens paid $200 in foreign taxes attributable to the dividend received from the China Fund.

During the year, the Cohens paid for Rebecca’s tuition payments to attend The College of Liberal Arts of New Jersey (CLA). Rebecca attended the spring/summer and the fall semesters as a full-time student. Total amount paid by the Cohens during the year for tuition was $9,000 and $2,000 for books. Rebecca also used $6,000 from a scholarship received from CLA to pay the rest of the tuition. Rebecca was not required to perform any services as a condition of accepting the scholarship. Rebecca was not employed during the year. CLA’s address and employer identification number (EIN) is as follows:

The College of Liberal Arts of New Jersey

65 Ivory Tower

Penns Grove, NJ 08069

EIN- 22-5698324

The Cohens would like to contribute to the Presidential Election Campaign. The Cohens would also like to receive a refund (if any) of any tax they may have overpaid for the year. Their preferred method of receiving the refund is by check