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I am currently unemployed, I lost around 10,000 in forex trading last year. How do I properly fill out form 8949?

 
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MinhT
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I am currently unemployed, I lost around 10,000 in forex trading last year. How do I properly fill out form 8949?

Retail Forex traders fall under Section 988, which covers short-term foreign exchange contracts like spot Forex trades. Section 988 taxes Forex gains and losses like ordinary income.

You do not report your Forex loss on form 8949 which is for Capital gains and losses.

Forex gains and losses are reported on your tax return as Other Income. A loss is reported as a negative number.

To report your Forex loss, please follow these steps:

  • Click on Federal Taxes, then on Wages and Income
  • Under All Income, locate the Less Common Income section
  • Click Show more and click Start next to Miscellaneous Income at the bottom
  • On the next page, click Start next to Other Reportable Income (see attached screenshot).
  • Describe your loss as Section 988 Forex loss and enter a negative number for your loss.




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MinhT
Expert Alumni

I am currently unemployed, I lost around 10,000 in forex trading last year. How do I properly fill out form 8949?

Retail Forex traders fall under Section 988, which covers short-term foreign exchange contracts like spot Forex trades. Section 988 taxes Forex gains and losses like ordinary income.

You do not report your Forex loss on form 8949 which is for Capital gains and losses.

Forex gains and losses are reported on your tax return as Other Income. A loss is reported as a negative number.

To report your Forex loss, please follow these steps:

  • Click on Federal Taxes, then on Wages and Income
  • Under All Income, locate the Less Common Income section
  • Click Show more and click Start next to Miscellaneous Income at the bottom
  • On the next page, click Start next to Other Reportable Income (see attached screenshot).
  • Describe your loss as Section 988 Forex loss and enter a negative number for your loss.




**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"

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