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Jack Kerouac's Last Federal Tax Return, Official Estate Copy

An official estate copy of the 1969 Federal Tax Return, a joint return filed on behalf of Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) and wife Stella Sampas Kerouac (1918-1990). Representative pages have been stamped verso with the Jack Kerouac Estate stamp.

Jack Kerouac, the famous American writer who brought us "On The Road" (1957), died on October 21, 1969 of complications of alcoholism at age 47. This phenomenal "Taxpayers Copy" of Jack's Form 1040, complete with Copy C of his W-2 form, six additional schedules, and one supplementary form, gives us incredible insight into Jack Kerouac's life and career. This copy was signed by Jack's widow Stella, and by a bank executive and trust officer of Jack Kerouac's estate on April 14, 1970. 10pp excluding the W-2 form. Stapled at top. The W-2 form is faded but still legible. The forms are lightly toned with scattered foxing to the first few pages. Else near fine. 8.5" x 11."

Federal Tax Return, for the year January 1 - December 31, 1969, for "Jack (Deceased) & Stella Kerouac" is comprised of:

- Form W-2, Copy C, Wage and Tax Statement 1969

- Form 1040

Jack declared one dependent, his mother Gabrielle-Ange Lévesque Kerouac (1895-1973).

- Form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions

It is likely that most, if not all, of these deductions relate to Jack's mother's medical expenses, ex. "Wheel Chair -- 117."

- Form 1040, Schedule C, Profit (or Loss) From Business
or Profession

Jack's "Principal business activity" was listed as an "Author" and his product as "Published Books, Etc." Business-related expenses included "Postage + Stationery," "Photocopying," "Promotions," and "Agency Commissions." Jack's estate also declared his typewriters and study chair as deductible.

- Form 1040, Schedule E, Supplemental and Miscellaneous Income

An unexpected source of extra income: rental property in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

- Form 1040, Schedule SE, Computation of Social Security Self-Employment Tax

- Form 1040, Schedule T, Tax Computation

- Form 1040, Schedule B, Dividend and Interest Income

- Form 1116, Computation of Foreign Tax Credit

This form testifies to Jack's popularity as a writer; his work was translated and sold throughout the world. Italy dwarfs the other European and Asian counties for which foreign tax was collected (Kerouac was extremely well-regarded among Italian readers.)

Jack's total gross income for 1969 (he died roughly 5/6 of the way through) was $7,443.55, or, the equivalent of $53,900 in 2020 currency. Accounts vary as to the total amount of Jack Kerouac's estate, which some sources claim was $53,000 in 1969 or approximately $386,000 in 2020 currency.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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