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dwbrooks1
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I purchased land in 2009 and built a home. I never moved in, sold it in 2017 for a loss. Got a 1099-S for full purchase price. Where do I enter expenses to show loss?

 
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DS30
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I purchased land in 2009 and built a home. I never moved in, sold it in 2017 for a loss. Got a 1099-S for full purchase price. Where do I enter expenses to show loss?

You can include all expenses related to the purchase of the property and any capital improvements as part of the basis in the property. For selling expense and closing costs, you can report these against the gross sales as the net sales price.

Also, in order to recognized the capital loss, you will need to report this an as investment property (the IRS does not allow the recognition of a capital loss on person use property.)

To enter this as a capital asset sale in TurboTax, log into your tax return  (for TurboTax Online sign-in, click Here) and type "investment income (gains and losses)" in the search bar then select "jump to investment income (gains and losses)". TurboTax will guide you in entering this information (see step 6 below) 

Alternatively, To enter this transaction in TurboTax Online or Desktop, please follow these steps:

  1. Once you are in your tax return, click on the “Federal Taxes” tab ("Personal" tab in TurboTax Home & Business)
  2. Next click on “Wages & Income” ("Personal Income" in TurboTax Home & Business)
  3. Next click on “I’ll choose what I work on” (Jump to full list) or see all income choices
  4. Scroll down the screen until to come to the section “Investment Income”
  5. Choose “Stocks, Mutual Funds, Bonds, Other” and select “start’ (or “update” is you have already worked on this section)
  6. The first screen will ask if you sold any investments during the current tax year (This includes any asset held as an investment property so answer “yes” to this question)
  7. Since you did not receive a 1099-B, answer “no” to the 1099-B question
  8. Choose type of investment you sold - select everything else
  9. Some basic information:
    1. Description –  Usually the address of the property sold
    2. Sales Proceeds – Your net proceeds from the sale (usually reported on 1099-S)
    3. Date Sold – Date you sold the property (on 1099-S)
  10. Tell us how you acquired the property - purchased
  11. Enter the your cost basis- cost plus capital improvements less any depreciation deducted or allowable as a deduction less any casualty losses take on the property.
  12. Date acquired  (Just remember that the date acquired should be more than a year before the date sold in order for the sale to get long term capital gains treatment and the lower capital gains rate)
  13. If you had a loss, on the question of "Did you use this property for business or investment?" If the property was not used for any personal use, you will answer that this was for investment. Otherwise, you will not be able to deduct the capital loss of a personal use capital asset.

Click these links for further information about reporting the sale of a capital asset or Capital Gains and Losses

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DS30
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I purchased land in 2009 and built a home. I never moved in, sold it in 2017 for a loss. Got a 1099-S for full purchase price. Where do I enter expenses to show loss?

You can include all expenses related to the purchase of the property and any capital improvements as part of the basis in the property. For selling expense and closing costs, you can report these against the gross sales as the net sales price.

Also, in order to recognized the capital loss, you will need to report this an as investment property (the IRS does not allow the recognition of a capital loss on person use property.)

To enter this as a capital asset sale in TurboTax, log into your tax return  (for TurboTax Online sign-in, click Here) and type "investment income (gains and losses)" in the search bar then select "jump to investment income (gains and losses)". TurboTax will guide you in entering this information (see step 6 below) 

Alternatively, To enter this transaction in TurboTax Online or Desktop, please follow these steps:

  1. Once you are in your tax return, click on the “Federal Taxes” tab ("Personal" tab in TurboTax Home & Business)
  2. Next click on “Wages & Income” ("Personal Income" in TurboTax Home & Business)
  3. Next click on “I’ll choose what I work on” (Jump to full list) or see all income choices
  4. Scroll down the screen until to come to the section “Investment Income”
  5. Choose “Stocks, Mutual Funds, Bonds, Other” and select “start’ (or “update” is you have already worked on this section)
  6. The first screen will ask if you sold any investments during the current tax year (This includes any asset held as an investment property so answer “yes” to this question)
  7. Since you did not receive a 1099-B, answer “no” to the 1099-B question
  8. Choose type of investment you sold - select everything else
  9. Some basic information:
    1. Description –  Usually the address of the property sold
    2. Sales Proceeds – Your net proceeds from the sale (usually reported on 1099-S)
    3. Date Sold – Date you sold the property (on 1099-S)
  10. Tell us how you acquired the property - purchased
  11. Enter the your cost basis- cost plus capital improvements less any depreciation deducted or allowable as a deduction less any casualty losses take on the property.
  12. Date acquired  (Just remember that the date acquired should be more than a year before the date sold in order for the sale to get long term capital gains treatment and the lower capital gains rate)
  13. If you had a loss, on the question of "Did you use this property for business or investment?" If the property was not used for any personal use, you will answer that this was for investment. Otherwise, you will not be able to deduct the capital loss of a personal use capital asset.

Click these links for further information about reporting the sale of a capital asset or Capital Gains and Losses

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