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12. Lisa and Luis are married taxpayers who file a joint return. In 2012, they had AGI of $550,000 and their preliminary itemized deductions totaled $40,000. In 2014, they will also have AGI of $550,000 and preliminary itemized deductions of $40,000. In 2012 and 2014 their itemized deductions include mortgage interest. Which of the following is TRUE?a. When comparing their 2012 and 2014 returns, they will deduct more itemized deductions on their 2012 returnb. When comparing their 2012 and 2014 returns, they will deduct more itemized deductions on their 2014 returnc. When comparing their 2012 and 2014 returns, they will deduct the same amount of itemized deductions on each returnd. They will not deduct any itemized deductions on either their 2012 return or their 2014 return13. Which of the following statements is TRUE?a. The U.S. government always “breaks-even” with regards to alimony payments (i.e., because the reduction in taxes for the spouse paying the alimony will always equal the increase in taxes for the spouse receiving the alimony)b. A dependent’s earned income amount could never impact the size/amount of his/her standard deduction amountc. Taxpayers often prefer deductions FOR AGI to deductions FROM AGId. The amount of tax-exempt interest received by a taxpayer could never impact the amount of his/her Social Security benefits that are subject to taxation14. Assume that Jamar received some unique payments in 2014. Which of the following items may Jamar exclude from gross income?a. $15,000 received as a gift from a relativeb. $57,000 of punitive damages received from a lawsuit against Dangerous Co.c. $2,000 received from Fantasy Football league winningsd. None of the above15. In early 2014, Lisbec received a gift of a home valued at $500,000 (from Lisbec’s Uncle, Felix). Felix also gave Lisbec a $10,000 cash gift. During 2014, Lisbec rented the home to Peter. As a result of the lease with Peter, Lisbec earned net rental income of $24,000 (for 2014). What amount of income should Lisbec’s 2014 tax return include from these transactions?a. $534,000b. $34,000c. $24,000d. $016. CONSIDER THE impact of the Tax Increase Prevention Act we discussed in Chat. In 2014, Andrew, a calendar-year taxpayer, purchased business equipment (5-year property) for $175,000. The property was placed in service in January 2014 (and is being used exclusively in Andrew’s extremely profitable business). No other personal property is purchased by Andrew in 2014. What is the most that Andrew may deduct in 2014 under Section 179 of the Code (ignore any potential deductions resulting from bonus deprecation or MACRS)?a. $2,000,000b. $175,000c. $15,000d. $017. CONSIDER THE Tax Increase Prevention Act we discussed in Chat and assume the same facts as in the previous question. However, for this question, assume that Andrew purchased the business equipment for $2,200,000 (instead of $175,000). What is the most that may be deducted in 2014 under Section 179 of the Code (ignore any potential deductions resulting from bonus deprecation or MACRS)?a. $2,000,000b. $500,000c. $300,000d. $018. Which of the following is most likely deductible FOR AGI (i.e., PRE-AGI)?a. Amounts paid for state income taxesb. Amounts paid for interest on a student loanc. Amounts paid for an employee’s unreimbursed travel expenses (i.e., the travel was related to taxpayer’s fulltime position at a large corporation)d. Each of the above items would be deducted FROM AGI (i.e., POST-AGI)19. Niosha has AGI of $100,000 in 2014. During 2014, Niosha also had an uninsured personal casualty loss of $15,000 (after the $100 reduction). The personal casualty loss related to an accident that Niosha had with Rose. Niosha carried no collision insurance and Rose was also an uninsured motorist. Assume Niosha itemizes deductions in 2014. What is the casualty loss amount that Niosha may actually deduct?a. $15,000b. $10,000c. $5,000d. $020. Refer to the facts in the previous question. However, for purposes of this question assume that Niosha takes the standard deduction in 2014. What is the casualty loss amount that Niosha may deduct?a. $15,000b. $10,000c. $5,000d. $021. If Jessica is insolvent with assets of $20,000 and liabilities of $30,000 and one of Jessica’s creditors then cancels a debt of $15,000, what amount must Jessica recognize as income?a. $15,000b. $10,000c. $5,000d. $022. TXX5761 Inc. paid all of the premiums for a $650,000 group-term life insurance policy on its 68-year-old President, Kayanna. Assume that pursuant to the applicable table, the cost per $1,000 of protection for a 1-month period is $1.27 (for a person aged 65 to 69). What amount relating to the policy (if any) must be included in Kayanna’s Gross Income for the year (assume Kayanna was covered for all twelve months)?a. $650,000b. $600,000c. $9,144d. $0

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