Tax Return Problem #3: PROB. 15-59: Devon Bishop, age 45, is single. He lives at 1507 Rose Lane,… 1 answer below »

Tax Return Problem #3:

PROB. 15-59:

Devon Bishop, age 45, is single. He lives at 1507 Rose Lane, Albuquerque, NM 87131. His Social Security number is 111-11-1112. Devon does not want $3 to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

Devon's wife, Ariane, passed away in 2011. Devon's son, Tom, who is age 16, resides with Devon. Tom's Social Security number is 123-45-6788.

Devon owns a sole proprietorship for which he uses the accrual method of accounting and maintains no inventory. His revenues and expenses for 2015 are as follows:

Sales revenue


Cost of goods sold (based on purchases for the year)


Salary expense


Rent expense








Bad debts




Health insurance


Accounting and legal fees




Other income received by Devon includes the following:

Dividend income (qualified dividends):

Swan, Inc.


Wren, Inc.


Interest income:

First Bank


Second Bank


City of Asheville bonds


During the year, Devon and his sole proprietorship had the following property transactions: Sold Blue, Inc. stock for $45,000 on March 12, 2015. He had purchased the stock on September 5, 2012, for $50,000. Received an inheritance of $300,000 from his uncle, Henry. Devon used $200,000 to purchase Green, Inc. stock on May 15, 2015, and invested $100,000 in Gold, Inc. stock on May 30, 2015. Received Orange, Inc. stock worth $9,500 as a gift from his aunt, Jane, on June 17, 2015. Her adjusted basis for the stock was $5,000. No gift taxes were paid on the transfer. Jane had purchased the stock on April 1, 2009. Devon sold the stock on July 1, 2015, for $22,000. On July 15, 2015, Devon sold one-half of the Green, Inc. stock for $40,000. Devon was notified on August 1, 2015, that Yellow, Inc. stock he purchased from a colleague on September 1, 2014, for $52,500 had become worthless. While he perceived that the investment was risky, he did not anticipate that the corporation would declare bankruptcy. On August 15, 2015, Devon received a parcel of land in Phoenix worth $220,000 in exchange for a parcel of land he owned in Tucson. Because the Tucson parcel was worth $245,000, he also received $25,000 cash. Devon's adjusted basis for the Tucson parcel was $210,000. He originally purchased it on September 18, 2012. On December 1, 2015, Devon sold the condominium in which he had been living for the past 20 years (1844 Lighthouse Lane, Albuquerque, NM 87131) and moved into a rented townhouse. The sales price was $480,000, selling expenses were $28,500, and repair expenses related to the sale were $9,400. Devon purchased the condominium for $180,000.

Devon's potential itemized deductions, exclusive of the aforementioned information, are as follows:

Medical expenses (before the 10% floor)

$ 9,500

Property taxes on residence


State income taxes


Charitable contributions


Mortgage interest on residence


Sales taxes paid


During the year, Devon makes estimated Federal income tax payments of $40,000.

Compute Devon's lowest net tax payable or refund due for 2015 assuming that he makes any available elections that will reduce the tax. If you use tax forms for your computations, you will need Forms 1040, 4562, 8332, and 8824 and Schedules A, B, C, D, and SE.

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