Len and Christy Vole, ages 42 and 39 respectively…


PROBLEM I: 14-70: Len and Christy Vole, ages 42 and 39 respectively, are married and file jointly in 2011. Len is a contractor operating as a sole proprietorship (EIN 11-1111111). Christy is employed part-time as a paralegal. They have two dependent children, Jill, age 8 and Lee, age 5. In 2011, Len’s earned income was $95,000, Christy’s was $28,000, and they received $4,550 of taxable interest income. Thus, their total income was $127,550. Their allowable itemized deductions were $13,700 (state income tax $3,700; home mortgage interest $6,000; and charity $5,000) and taxable income was $92,340. Regular tax before credits was $15,331, and Len’s self-employment tax was $11,668. Federal income tax withholding was $7,500 and estimated tax payments were $13,000. The Voles also incurred $7,000 of qualifying child care expenses to enable them to work ($3,500 for each child). It was paid to HiTop Daycare, 327 Fowler St., Indianapolis, IN 46802 (EIN 22-2222222).

Len also incurred the following expenses that qualify for the general business credit: $6,000 for disabled access and $8,500 of first-year wages paid to an employee who qualifies Len’s business for the work opportunity credit (category (11)) and worked 500 hours during the year. No adjustments are required to either credit and there are no carry backs or carry forwards.

Social security numbers are: Len, 111-11-1111; Christy, 222-22-2222; Jill, 333-33-3333; Lee, 444-44-4444.

Complete the Vole’s Form 1040, along with supporting Forms 2441 (child and dependent care credit), Form 3800 (general business credit), Form 8826 (disabled access credit), and Form 5884 (work opportunity credit). Show detail of the child tax credit computation (with any phase out) at the bottom of Form 1040, page 2.

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