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1 Individual Income Tax Overview
Prof Myles Bassell Individual Income Tax Overview

2 Learning Objectives Describe the formula for calculating an individual’s tax liability and generally explain each formula component. Explain the requirements for determining a taxpayer’s personal and dependency exemptions. Determine a taxpayer’s filing status.

3 Individual Income Tax Formula
Realized income from whatever source derived Minus: Excluded or deferred income Equals: Gross income Minus: For AGI deductions Equals Adjusted gross income

4 Individual Income Tax Formula
Adjusted Gross Income Minus: From AGI deductions: Greater of (a) Standard deduction or (b) Itemized deductions and Personal and dependency exemption Equals Taxable income Please insert exhibit 4-1 on this slide where indicated

5 Individual Income Tax Formula
Taxable income Times: Tax rates Equals: Income tax liability Add: Other taxes Equals: Total tax Minus: Credits Minus: Prepayments Equals: Taxes due or (refund) Please insert exhibit 4-1 on this slide where indicated

6 Individual Income Tax Formula
Individuals report taxable income to the IRS Reported on Form 1040 U.S. tax laws use all-inclusive income concept Realized income measurable change in property rights All realized income included in gross income unless specifically excluded or deferred Recognized income Reported on tax return

7 Individual Income Tax Formula
Excluded income Income never included in taxable income Municipal bond interest Gain on sale of personal residence Deferred income Income included in a subsequent tax year Installment sales Like-kind exchanges

8 Individual Income Tax Formula
Character of income or loss Determines rates applicable to income or loss in current year Tax exempt – no tax Tax deferred – no tax in current year Ordinary – ordinary rates from tax rate schedule Qualified dividends – 0 or 15% Capital gain or loss – depends on whether short-term or long-term From selling capital asset If held capital asset more than a year gain or loss is long-term, otherwise it is short-term

9 Individual Income Tax Formula
Capital assets Generally all assets except Accounts receivable Inventory Assets used in trade or business, including supplies

10 Individual Income Tax Formula
Capital gains and losses Long-term capital gains generally taxed at 0% or 15% Short-term capital gains taxed at ordinary rates Net capital losses (losses in excess of gains for year) $3,000 deductible against ordinary income for year Losses in excess of $3,000 carried forward

11 Individual Income Tax Formula
Deductions for AGI Deductions “above the line” Deducted in determining adjusted gross income Always reduce taxable income dollar for dollar

12 Individual Income Tax Formula
Deductions from AGI Deductions “below the line” Deducted from adjusted gross income to determine taxable income Greater of standard deduction or itemized deductions Personal and dependency exemptions Why might a from AGI deduction not reduce taxable income?

13 Individual Income Tax Formula
2011 Standard deduction amounts $11,600 Married filing jointly $11,600 Qualifying widow or widower $5, Married filing separately $8, Head of household $5, Single Additional standard deduction amounts for age and eyesight (discuss in Chapter 6)

14 Individual Income Tax Formula
Tax calculation The U.S. uses a progressive tax rate schedule Some items are taxed at preferential rates Long-term capital gains Qualified dividends Tax on these items is calculated separately from income taxed at ordinary rates.

15 Individual Income Tax Formula
Other taxes include: Alternative minimum tax Self-employment taxes Tax credits Reduce tax liability dollar for dollar

16 Individual Income Tax Formula
Tax prepayments Payments already made towards tax liability including: Income taxes withheld from wages by employer Estimated tax payments made during the year Taxes overpaid in prior year and applied toward current year’s liability If prepayments exceed tax liability after credits, taxpayer receives a refund

17 Personal and Dependency Exemptions
Personal exemptions For taxpayer and spouse if married filing jointly Dependency exemptions For those who qualify as the taxpayers’ dependents Exemption amount for 2011 is $3,700

18 Personal and Dependency Exemptions
Dependency requirements Citizen of U.S. or resident of U.S., Canada, or Mexico Must not file joint return with spouse Exception – if no tax liability filing jointly or separately Must be qualifying child or qualifying relative of taxpayer

19 Personal and Dependency Exemptions
Qualifying child Relationship test Age test Residence test Support test

20 Qualifying Child Relationship test
taxpayer’s son, daughter, stepchild, an eligible foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister or a descendant of any of these relatives.

21 Qualifying Child Age test: child must be younger than the individual claiming the child as a qualifying child and either- under age 19 at the end of the year, under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student, or permanently and totally disabled.

22 Qualifying Child Residence test Support test
Same residence as taxpayer for more than half the year Exception for temporary absences such as education. Support test Child must not provide more than half of his or her own support Scholarships of actual child (not grandchild, for example) are excluded from support computation

23 Qualifying Child Tie breaking rules Parents first
Days living with each parent if parents living apart AGI– higher AGI gets exemption

24 Personal and Dependency Exemptions
Qualifying relative Relationship test Support test Gross income test

25 Qualifying Relative Relationship test
a descendant or ancestor of the taxpayer (e.g., child, grandchild, parent, or grandparent), a sibling of the taxpayer or a stepmother, stepfather, stepbrother, stepsister, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle in-law (mother-in law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law) of the taxpayer, or unrelated person who lives in taxpayer’s home entire year

26 Qualifying Relative Support test Gross income test
Taxpayer must pay > ½ of living expenses (support) Scholarships of actual child excluded Gross income test Gross income < personal exemption amount

27 Filing Status Five different filing statuses Married filing jointly
Married filing separately Qualifying widow or widower (surviving spouse) Single Head of household

28 Filing Status Married filing jointly
Must be married on the last day of the year If one spouse dies the surviving spouse is considered to be married to decedent spouse at year end Exception – The surviving spouse remarries before year end Joint and several liability for tax

29 Filing Status Married filing separately
Taxpayers are married but file separate returns Typically not beneficial from tax perspective Tax rates and other tax benefits May be beneficial for non-tax reasons No joint and several liability

30 Filing Status Qualifying widow or widower
Available for the two years following the year of spouse’s death Surviving spouse does not qualify if remarries during two-year period. Surviving spouse must maintain household for dependent child

31 Filing Status Single Unmarried unless qualify for head of household

32 Filing Status Head of household
Unmarried or considered unmarried at end of year See abandoned spouse discussion Not a qualifying widow or widower Pay more than half the costs of keeping up a home during the year Lived in taxpayer’s home with a “qualifying person” for more than half of the year Exception for parents (see below)

33 Filing Status Qualifying person Qualifying child Qualifying relative
Parent (even if parent doesn’t live with taxpayer) Taxpayer must pay > ½ cost of maintaining separate household for taxpayer’s mother or father Parent must qualify as taxpayer’s dependent

34 Filing Status Head of household
Abandoned spouse treated as not married and is eligible for head of household if Spouse has not lived in home for last six months of year and Spouse who stays in home pays > ½ the cost of maintaining a household that serves as principal abode for qualifying child

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