Home mortgage interest

Accounting question.

Question Description


Bea Jones (birthdate March 27, 1984) moved from Texas to Florida in December 2015. She lives at 654 Ocean Way, Gulfport, FL 33707. Bea’s social security number is 466-78-7359 and she is single. Her earnings and income tax withholding for 2016 for her job as a manager at a Florida shrimp processing plant are:

Earnings from the Gulf Shrimp Co. – $42, 175

Federal Income Tax withheld – 7,800

State income tax withheld – 0

Bea’s other income includes interest on a savings account at Beach National Bank of $2,175 and $620 per month alimony from her ex-husband.

During 2016, Bea paid the following amounts (all of which can be substantiated):

Home mortgage interest – $8,780

Auto loan interest – 2,300

State sales tax – 820

Property taxes on personal residence – 3,233

Unreimbursed hospital bills – 3, 250

Doctor bills – 2,564

Other deductible medical expenses – 720

Income tax preparation fee – 600

Job hunting expenses – 925

Union Dues – 800

In July 2016, someone broke into Bea’s house and stole a diamond ring she had purchased in 2004. The diamond ring had a fair market value of $11,000 and a tax basis to Bea of $7,700. The ring was uninsured.

Required: Complete Bea’s federal tax return for 2016. Use Form 1040, Schedule A, Schedule B, and Form 4684. Make realistic assumptions about any missing data.