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Net Capital Losses

After the netting of long-term and short-term capital gains and losses for any tax year, any remaining net capital loss in excess of $3,000 ($1,500 for married taxpayers filing separately) must be carried forward into the next tax year. That carryforward retains its character as long-term or short-term for netting purposes in that year. One…


At Risk Losses

Code Sec. 465 generally limits a taxpayer’s deductible loss applicable to a trade or business or production of income to the amount that the taxpayer has at risk with respect to an activity. The rules apply to individuals and certain closely held corporations. They generally apply separately to each activity, rather than on an aggregated…


Passive Activity Losses

Code Section 469 provides that individuals, trusts, estates, personal service corporations and closely held C corps may only deduct passive-activity losses from passive-activity income. The rules do not apply to S corps and partnerships, but do apply to their respective shareholders and partners. Passive activity is trade or business activity in which the taxpayer does…


IRS Publication 4128 – Tax Impact of Job Loss

IRS Publication 4128 Tax Impact of Job Loss was released in August of 2009. The publication explains the job loss tax issues connected to severance pay, unemployment compensation, pension plans, IRAs, expenses for a job search, and possible moving costs. It also discusses self-employment issues for the newly unemployed. The IRS provides the following information to assist…