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I purchased a traditional IRA for $2500 20 years ago and totally cashed it out last year for $1675.- I lost money. Can I claim this loss

I purchased a traditional IRA 20 years ago and entered an IRA contribution of $2500 on my income tax at that time.  Last year, I sold it completely for $1675 - a net loss of $825.  But TT appears to be taxing the $1675 as ordinary income.  How should I report this -  I am 64

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I purchased a traditional IRA for $2500 20 years ago and totally cashed it out last year for $1675.- I lost money. Can I claim this loss

No.  Losses in an IRA are not deductible.

If you deducted the contribution when contributed then the distribution is taxable now since you did not pay tax on the money then.

If it was a non-deductible contribution then it would be a "basis" in the IRA that would offset the tax assuming that you had no other Traditional, SEP or SIMPLE  IRA accounts at the end of 2018.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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