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nick and jolene are married. nick is 61 and retired in 2011 from his job with
amalgamated company. jolene is 56 and works part-time as a special education
teacher. nick and jolene have a substantial amount of investment savings and
would like to reorganize it to achieve the best after-tax return on their investments.
they give you the following list of projected cash receipts for 2012:
jolene’s salary $13,000
nick’s pension—fully taxable 12,500
interest income 4,000
dividend income 2,500
social security benefits 7,000
farmer’s fund annuity 6,000
in addition, nick tells you that he owns a duplex that he rents out. the
duplex rents for 2012 are $18,000, and nick estimates expenses of $22,000
related to the duplex. the annuity was purchased 18 years ago for $20,000, and
pays $500 per month for 10 years.
nick and jolene’s investments consist of the following:
6-month certificates of deposit (cds) $100,000
1,000 shares of lardee’s common stock (current
market value = $7 per share, projected 2012
dividend = $1 per share)—cost
2,000 shares of corb company common stock
(current market value = $20 per share, projected
2012 dividend = $.75 per share)—cost
a. assuming that nick and jolene have total allowable itemized deductions of
$12,350 in 2012 and that they have no dependents, determine their 2012 taxable
income and tax liability based on the projections they gave you.
b. the 6-month cds consist of two $50,000 certificates, both of which yield 4%
interest. one cd matures on january 3, 2012. nick’s banker tells him that he
can renew the cd for one year at 4%. nick’s stockbroker tells him that he can
purchase tax-exempt bonds with a yield of 3%. nick would like you to determine
whether the tax-exempt bonds provide him a better after-tax return than
the cd.
c. jolene is concerned that they are not getting the best return on their corb
company stock. when they purchased the stock in 2001, the $.75 per share
dividend was yielding 10% before taxes. however, the rise in market value has
far outpaced the dividend growth, and it is yielding only 3.75%, based on the
current market value. jolene thinks they should sell the stock and purchase either
the 3% tax-exempt securities or the 4% cd if it would be a better deal
from an income tax viewpoint. calculate the tax effect on their 2012 income
of selling the shares, and determine whether they should sell the shares and
invest the after-tax proceeds in tax-exempt securities or the 4% cd. do this
calculation after you have determined the best option regarding the cd that
matures in january.
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