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captw
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Sch-C loss. how to carry over? not report deduction that created loss and put on next year tax or is there a place to put it so we can carry over later. pre SE-tax

Home and Business 2017

Loss on Sch-C, this year, that I want to hold over for the following year.

Renovations on our shop, large equipment repairs there are several that could have caused the negative.

Tax benefit of the negative will be better on next years taxes if it falls Pre SE-tax.

Do you just not take deduction that throws you NOL and take it the following year? Or is there a form you show the loss and can enter to carry this loss forward?

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IsabellaG
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Sch-C loss. how to carry over? not report deduction that created loss and put on next year tax or is there a place to put it so we can carry over later. pre SE-tax

You can't choose to claim your Schedule C losses in a different year. Normally, a business loss reduces your other taxable income in the year that it occurred, and there is no carryover. 

But you could have a carryback/carryover if you had an actual Net Operating Loss (NOL). If you had a negative taxable income in 2017 before considering personal exemptions, you might have had an NOL for 2017.Generally, if you have an NOL for a tax year ending in 2017, you must carry back the entire amount of the NOL to the 2 tax years before the NOL year (the carryback period), and then carry forward any remaining NOL for up to 20 years after the NOL year (the carryforward period). You can, however, choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward.

 See this link to IRS Publication 536, Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. The calculation is one that you will have to do on your own, using IRS Form 1045. It doesn't automatically carry forward or back to other tax years.

In any case, you would start this calculation by claiming all of your allowable expenses in the year in which they were incurred, 2017.

To find the NOL section of TurboTax, type NOL in the search box in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Then click "Jump To" to be directed to that section. See the screenshot below. 

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