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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1944
Your Federal Income Tax Return (Continued From Page 10) too broad a question for a categori > cal answer. To illustrate, the en k larged credit for dependents will tend to reduce the tax in some cases, but the changed definition as to who constitutes a dependent is likely to increase it in others. However, it is my guess that most of us will find ourselves paying 10% to 20% more than we did last year on the same income, cipal points should be of interest. It is not my intention to furnish you with detailed instructions for the preparation of your tax return; you will find those accompanying the blank. It is rather my purpose to furnish you with the proper background to enable you to read those instructions intelligently and here and there to plant a danger signal. Who Should File? Everyone must file who has a gross income of SSOO or more, re gardless of his age or state of de- * r The birth of the Christ babe 1944 years ago this December 25th, gave t ‘ “ -* to tjhe world a glorious spirit which is commemorated by this day. In that spirit we wish you the season’s I greetings. GEO. Y. WAH x.. . sJjZLf 75fe£x '¥ > ?SSBs> llji?yw?w3 - pendency. The previous require ment for a single person was $500; for a married person living with spouse, $624; for a married couple, $1,200. So many will now have to file who were hitherto exempt. Since no one needs to file whose gross income is under SSOO, the wife, for instance, with S3OO in come, is relieved of that necessity. But don’t let this mislead you! Her tax-paying husband will find it best, just the same, to file a joint return including her income, for if he files separately he loses the surtax credit for his wife, as we shall see. Single persons whose gross in come is less than SSOO also should file if some of it was subject to withholding; by doing so they will obtain refunds. Married persons in this situation will accomplish the same thing by filing joint returns. Personal Exemptions The prior law gave a married person an exemption of $1,200, which applied both to normal and surtax. So also to the head of a family, but this classification is now abolished. The present law al- Coolidge Man Tickles British Sense Os Humor By Naming War Vehicles \ ■ ■ Ak v V Jf ♦ I '' ’" : : Pfc. Joseph R. Chesley, official sign painter at the'3l6th U. S. Army Station Hospital, England, the finishing touches on a jeep which he has christened “Buzz-Bonb.” Private First Class Joseph R. Chesley, 21, of Coolidge, aids in expediting evacuation of wounded lows a personal exemption for nor mal tax of SSOO, without respect to married status or number of de pendents. On a Joint return it allows SI,OOO, but only if both hus band and wife have SSOO or more of “adjusted gross” income (ex plained later). If one has less than SSOO income, the joint exemption is SSOO plus that adjusted gross in come. Marital status is to be de termined as it exists at the end of the year, except in the case of death, when the date of death governs. Under prior law, any change had to be prorated. For surtax, the credit is SSOO for the taxpayer himself, SSOO for his spouse, and SSOO for each depend ent. The credit for married couples can no longer be divided between them at will. Thus a favorit de vice for saving tax disappears. The surtax credit for spouse may be claimed on a joint return, but not on a separate return if the spouse has any gross income, or is a de pendent of anyone else. This will often make it possible to save tax by filing a joint return. For instance, if the wife has in come of S3OO, the husband, by filing a joint return, may gain a SSOO sur tax exemption. If the surtax in come is all in the first bracket, this will save 20% of the difference or S4O; in the higher brackets, it will of course, save more. ARIZONA BLADE-TRIBUNE American soldiers at the 316th United States Army station hospi tal in England—and does it through * —-— Uimimcu GREETINGS ThE nearness of Yuletide is unmistakable. Whether snow festoons the fir trees or whether earth still awaits its mantle of white, woods and fields, city and town breathe Christmas and its spirit of kindness. We sincerely hope that the Christmas sea son of 1944 will be richer for you, fuller, and more satisfying than for many a year, and thank you for twelve months of very pleasant relations. GEORGE and MAUREEN MONK SUNSET CAFE Arizona Blvd. at Coolidge „ . wHL COOUDGE SAND jt BOCK CO. JHh Uhe medium of a paint brush. As official sign shop artist for his unit, Pfc. Chesley does the sign painting around the hospital wards and other buildings. He also tours areas within 15 miles of the hospi tal and plots the most direct routes to air ports, hospital ship-loading docks, and rail stations where hospital trains unload patients. Off duty, Pfc. Chesley has achieved a local reputation for his The Story That Never Grows Old Jgwik Told in Christmas Carols Junior-Intermediate Choir of the Methodist Church CHRISTMAS EVE Sunday, December 24, 7:30 o’clock ability to christen Army vehicles. He has tickled the sense of humor of British civilians with the names which he has painted on military vehicles: “Buzz-bomb,” “Son of a Blitz,” "Blitz Buggy,” “No-Gum- Chum,” “Miss Chievious,” “Hitler’s Hearse,” and the like. In civil life, Pfc. Chesley was an oiler in the diesel power plant of the United 'States Indian Service at Coolidge. He entered the serv ice in February, 1943, training at jte: Miiji i . Two such simple words. Yet no other words can say the same thing better! To them we add three more, equally familiar words spoken to convey a meaning no other phrase fulfills. Happy New Year. * 1 Arizona Pharmacy ( Coolidge, Arizona Page Eleven Camp Barkeley, Texas, and Camp White, Oregon. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Ches ley of Coolidge, he has three brothers in the service: Corporal Horace Chesley, 29, an army engi neer now in France; Sergeant Don ald Chesley, 27, also an engineer on the Burma front; and Seaman First Class Kenneth Chesley, 24, a medic with the United States Navy stationed in San Diego, Cali fornia.