Fred, a cash basis taxpayer, received a $15,000 bonus from his employer in 2022. The bonus was

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Fred, a cash basis taxpayer, received a $15,000 bonus from his employer in 2022. The bonus was based on the company’s profits for 2021. In 2023, the company discovered that its 2021 profits were computed incorrectly. As a result, Fred received an additional $10,000 with respect to 2021 profits. Fred’s marginal tax rate in 2022 was 12%, and it was 35% in 2023.

Sue, also a cash basis taxpayer, received a $35,000 bonus in 2022 that was based on 2021 profits. In 2023, the company discovered that it had overstated its profits in 2022. As a result, Sue was required to repay $10,000 of her bonus in 2023. Sue was in the 35% marginal tax bracket in 2022 and in the 12% marginal bracket in 2023. What special tax treatment is available to Fred and Sue as a result of their employer’s errors?

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South Western Federal Taxation 2023 Comprehensive Volume

ISBN: 9780357719688

46th Edition

Authors: Annette Nellen, Andrew D. Cuccia, Mark Persellin, James C. Young

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