Questions tagged [capital-loss]

A capital loss is the loss incurred when a capital asset decreases in value. This loss is not realized until the asset is sold for a price that is lower than the original purchase price.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
44
votes
18answers
15k views

I carelessly invested in a stock on a spike near the peak price. How can I salvage my investment?

I carelessly invested on stock on a spike (I have been persuaded by a family member) and now my investment value is really low, as you can see below. Is there anyway to salvage my investment for ...
1
vote
2answers
229 views

Capital losses from stocks - carryover, and offsetting gains / income for NON-RESIDENT ALIENS

I'm a PhD student filing a tax return for 2018 on 1040NR (non-resident alien) - married filing separately. In 2018 - I had a considerable capital loss (there were no gains). when filling my tax return ...
4
votes
1answer
651 views

Meaning of capital gain distribution

How is capital gain distribution calculated? I wonder what differences and relations are between capital gain distribution and capital gain/loss? Line 13 of IRS Form 1040 asks for capital gain and ...
2
votes
1answer
29k views

If I take a loss when I sell my car, can I claim a capital loss deduction on my income tax return?

If I sell my car off at a loss, can I write that loss off against my income to save on tax? Does it matter if the car was used just for personal leisure use, or if I used the car to generate business ...
11
votes
3answers
17k views

How do I get rid of worthless penny stocks if there is no volume (so market/limit orders don't work) and my broker won't buy them from me?

Short summary I bought some shares in a penny stock a few years ago, but now they don't trade and are worth $0.0001 per share. I want to get rid of them, but a) market orders don't work because the ...
4
votes
3answers
328 views

Are wash sale rules different for stocks and ETFs / Mutual Funds?

In this answer to this question, JoeTaxpayer writes: To take the loss this year, he'd have to sell soon, and can't buy it back for 30 days. If, for whatever reason, the stock comes back a bit, he's ...
3
votes
1answer
284 views

Do you use the Cost Basis or the Amount Invested to compute a gain/loss for tax purposes?

A friend's Edward Jones financial advisor is using the Amount Invested and not the Cost Basis to compute the tax loss of selling a mutual fund. I don't know anything about this stuff, but I'm pretty ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Can capital loss in traditional IRA and Roth IRA be used to offset taxable income?

For traditional IRA and Roth IRA, can capital loss be used to offset taxable income for tax purpose? If not, when withdrawing from traditional IRA and Roth IRA, can the capital loss now be used to ...
3
votes
1answer
104 views

Is capturing a loss a unique opportunity?

Upon the advice of a financial planner at a large financial management firm, a friend bought an individual stock, Apache, as part of their portfolio. That stock has since lost over 50% of its value. ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Are two options ever too similar for taxes?

If I buy an option, wait 3 months, sell it, and then buy it back the next day, "wash sale" rules will apply. But, what happens when these three actions use slightly different options (e.g., strike ...
0
votes
3answers
394 views

Wash sale repetition through chaining

Wash sales seem to have very weird behavior, here's an example. It uses all the same stock, and there are no other holdings besides those mentioned. Day 1, buy 100 shares for $200 each, so $20,000 ...
4
votes
2answers
39 views

How are Share Awards and Sales Treated?

I'm looking for a general answer on how this situation is treated for tax purposes, not how to report this situation when doing my taxes (although that would be interesting as well). The numbers ...
4
votes
1answer
87 views

Does it make any sense for UK private investors to hold gilts directly and outside of a tax wrapper?

According to my understanding of gilts (which is in accordance with the answers here), private investors in UK gilts paying a premium on the redemption price (for example 2% T20s currently report a ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Do I have to sell worthless stock to claim a loss and clean up?

On February, 3 2000 I purchased shares in iVoice.com (IVOC). These shares sat in a "hobby" account which I rarely looked at until recently. I'm looking for guidance on how best to deal with the ...
2
votes
1answer
529 views

Tax consequences of short term capital losses

How do short term capital losses figure into taxable income? If someone has 50k of taxable income before considering capital gains (and losses) and a total of $2k in short-term capital losses, what ...