Mario, 35, is single and lives with his girlfriend, Huyen, also 35. Mario has a 6-year-old son, Manpreet, who lived with him for all of 2018.

Mario, 35, is single and lives with his girlfriend, Huyen, also 35. Mario has a 6-year-old son,

Manpreet, who lived with him for all of 2018. Mario provided more than 50% of the support for

both Manpreet and Huyen in 2018. 

In 2018, Mario earned a salary of $76,000. In addition to his salary, Mario also received alimony

of $1,000 per month and child support payments of $500 per month from his ex-spouse. Mario

contributed $2,500 to an individual retirement account in 2018. Mario paid $13,000 of

expenditures that qualify as itemized deductions and childcare costs of $6,000 to allow Mario to

work. Mario had a total of $6,500 in federal income taxes withheld from his paychecks during

2018.

Huyen worked on and off in 2018 and earned wages of $4,000. Huyen paid no expenses that

qualify as deductions. Huyen had a total of $400 in federal income taxes withheld from her

paychecks during 2018.

A.  What is Mario’s federal gross income for 2018?

B.  What is Mario’s federal adjusted gross income for 2018?

C.  What is the total amount of Mario’s deductions from AGI for 2018?

D.  What is Mario’s federal taxable income for 2018?

E.  What is Mario’s federal taxes payable or refund due for 2018?

F.   Mario is upset because he received a large federal income tax refund last year (tax year

2017). Mario thinks that the tax reform enacted at the end of 2017 resulted in higher

taxes for him this year. Briefly explain to Mario why that is not necessarily the case just

because he did not receive a large refund again this year.

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