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Rita owns a sole proprietorship in which she works as a management consultant. She maintains an office in her home (500 square feet) where she meets with clients, prepares bills, and performs other work-related tasks. Her business expenses, other than home office expenses, total $5,920. The following home-related expenses have been allocated to her home office under the actual expense method for calculating home office expenses.

Real property taxes $ 1,760
Interest on home mortgage 5,340
Operating expenses of home 880
Depreciation 1,696


Also, assume that, not counting the sole proprietorship, Rita’s AGI is $63,200.

Assume Rita’s consulting business generated $15,800 in gross income. (Leave no answer blank. Enter zero if applicable.)

rev: 10_31_2018_QC_CS-146132

a. What is Rita’s home office deduction for the current year?

b. What would Rita’s home office deduction be if her business generated $10,800 of gross income instead of $15,800? (Answer for both the actual expense method and the simplified method.)

c. Given the original facts, what is Rita’s AGI for the year?

d. Given the original facts, what types and amounts of expenses will she carry over to next year?

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