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Short term losses carryover

In 2018 Tax return I posted  $17,991 capital loss. How to figure out carryover for 2019? Married filing jointly.

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Employee Tax Expert

Short term losses carryover

You are only allowed to deduct up to $3,000 in capital losses per year.


You can find your loss carryover amount as follows:

  • Look on last year's Schedule D, specifically lines 16 and 21.
  • If the line 16 loss amount is greater than the number shown on line 21 (pretend they're both positive numbers), you should be getting a capital loss carryover on this year's return.

If you transferred last year's TurboTax return over, you don't have to do a thing—we've already entered it for you.


Otherwise, just open your TurboTax return, search for capital loss carryover, and then select the Jump to link in the search results.


We'll take you to the screen where you can enter that info from your prior year return. Source: TurboTax FAQ

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New Member

Short term losses carryover

Just so I understand, if the above person has $17,000 in short term loss and there is a limit on taking $3000/ year, and this year nothing was able to be taken, can the $17,000 be carried over each year until it is used up?

Also, will Turbo Tax automatically do the calculation on next years return?

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Short term losses carryover

Yes, your capital losses can be carried forward indefinitely until everything is used up. You can only offset a maximum of $3,000 against capital gains in future years. 

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Short term losses carryover

@us237183  the only way to carry over the 17000 is to have no tax.

Otherwise the carryover is used up at the rate of 3,000 per year even if you have no sales in the year.

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