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ludovico53
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I bought a house abroad 8 years ago and now selling the house. With the currency crunch we are losing $60k. Do I need to report the sales since there is no gain?

 
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Critter
Level 15

I bought a house abroad 8 years ago and now selling the house. With the currency crunch we are losing $60k. Do I need to report the sales since there is no gain?

Yes you MUST report the sale even if it is a non deductible loss.  

Anonymous
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I bought a house abroad 8 years ago and now selling the house. With the currency crunch we are losing $60k. Do I need to report the sales since there is no gain?

if you got a 1099-S, you need to report the sale though the loss will not be deductible.   the reason is that the IRS has proceeds but doesn't know basis. 

Hal_Al
Level 15

I bought a house abroad 8 years ago and now selling the house. With the currency crunch we are losing $60k. Do I need to report the sales since there is no gain?

What was the purpose of the purchase and how was the house used?  If it was investment property, the capital loss is deductible.  If it was personal use property, including residence for family, it is not deductible. 

TomD8
Level 15

I bought a house abroad 8 years ago and now selling the house. With the currency crunch we are losing $60k. Do I need to report the sales since there is no gain?

Here's what IRS Publication 523 (page 16) says about reporting the sale, assuming the property was not used for business or investment purposes:

 

You need to report the gain if ANY of the following is true.
• You have taxable gain on your home sale (or on the residential portion of your property if you made separate calculations for home and business) and don’t qualify to exclude all of the gain.
• You received a Form 1099-S. If so, you must report the sale even if you have no taxable gain to report.
• You wish to report your gain as a taxable gain even though some or all of it is eligible for exclusion. You
may wish to do this if, for example, you plan to sell another main home within the next 2 years and are likely
to receive a larger gain from the sale of that property.
If you choose to report, rather than exclude, your taxable gain, you can undo that choice by filing an amended return within 3 years of the due date of your return for the year of the sale, excluding extensions.
If NONE of the three bullets above is true, you don’t need to report your home sale on your tax return.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p523.pdf

**Answers are correct to the best of my ability but do not constitute tax or legal advice.
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