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James and Esther Johnson are husband and wife and file a joint return. They live at 45678 S.W. 112th Street, Homestead, FL 33033. James, who is 67 years old (date of birth 12/14/1952), is retired and receiving social security benefits, and Esther, who is 66 years old (date of birth 6/11/1953), is also retired but working on a part-time basis. Their social security numbers are 412-34-5670 and 412-34-5671, respectively.
Annual social security income for James is $22,000 (SSA-1099, box 5) and for Esther is $13,800 (SSA-1099, box 5).
Interest received by them from Central Bank is $2,545 (1099-INT, box 1). No income tax withholding was made.
Esther is working part-time as an interior decorator as an employee of Decorating House, a corporation. Her form W-2 shows the following information:
|Social security wages||=||$||25,000.00|
|Social security W/H||=||$||1,550.00|
Their itemized deductions are as follows:
- Mortgage interest on their main home, $12,500.
- Real estate taxes, $7,600.
- Personal property taxes, $185.
- Doctors’ expenses unreimbursed by insurance, $7,400.
- Medical insurance premiums for the year, $2,400.
- Prescribed medicine, $1,995.
- Vitamins, $300.
- Total cash contributions to their church, $675. The contributions were made over the course of the year and no individual contribution was greater than $250.
- Tax preparation fees for their 2018 return, $325, paid in 2019.
- Lottery tickets bought by Esther during the year, $750. Winnings received, $940 (W-2G, box 1). Income tax withholding on winnings, $35 (W-2G, box 4).
Because the Johnsons live in Florida, where there is no state income tax, they will deduct the estimation of the general sales tax related to the area in which they live. The most efficient way to do this is by using the Sales Tax Calculator on the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Sales-Tax-Deduction-Calculator. A key point to remember in using the calculator is that “income” for this calculation also includes the nontaxable portion of social security benefits.