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How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

It seems the instructions for entering Form 1099-S (raw land) are different for 2020 than 2019. What are the correct steps in TurboTax?

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Employee Tax Expert

How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

You may get a 1099-S if you sold your home, a rental property, stock in a co-op or any other real estate, including land, permanent structures, or standing timber on your land.

Sale of your main home

If the 1099-S was for the sale of your main home, it’s reported under Less Common Income in the Wages & Income section. Here's how to enter the form:

  1. Open or continue your return.
  2. Type sale of home in the Search box.
  3. Select the Jump to link in the search results.
  4. Follow the screens to enter the info from your 1099-S.

Profits of up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return) on the sale of your home may not be taxable if it was your primary residence for two of the last five years. We’ll ask you some questions about the sale of your home to see if you qualify.

Other real estate sales

If your 1099-S wasn’t for the sale of your main home, select the option below for step-by-step instructions:

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New Member

How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

What if I didn't sell my home. I received money for removal of trees under power lines on an easement?

Returning Member

How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

Yes, but the questions one has to answer are is very confusing, unless they are a Tax Expert. Why does TurboTax not treat a 1099-S just like any other 1099? You go box by box until it's finished! It's really stupid to make someone stumble through a confusing document when they could make it easy! Ask exactly what you find on the paper 1099-S, just like they do an a W-2!!!

I already figured it all out, but it's pretty silly! TurboTax needs to get their head where it's a bit lighter! I've been using it for 30 years, so it isn't my first rodeo!



Employee Tax Expert

How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

@polackva You received a 1099-S for the sale of trees in your yard.  

 Since it was your trees, it goes on Sch D.

  1. Go to income section 
  2. 1. click on Add More Income
  3. 2. scroll down to Investment Income
  4. 3. Show more
  5. 4. Stocks, Mutual Funds, Bonds, Other
  6. 5. Start:  Continue answering the questions.
    1. Yes,
    2. 1099-B - no,
    3. one sale at a time and the boxes appear for your entries.


The sales price should match the 1099-S you received.

The cost basis is what you paid, plus improvements plus expenses of sale.

Holding period would be long term if for more than 1 year.



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New Member

How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

How to I enter a cost basis if I didn't sell my home? The house will have to be reported on two returns. I am not the only owner. 


It asks what type of investment and how I recieved it and what date. Would it just all be listed as other? The sales date and date acquired are the same date?

Employee Tax Expert

How to enter 1099-S for 2020?

If you did not sell the home then the cost basis will not be entered on your tax return.  You will compute the cost basis and keep that information with your records to be used when you do sell the property.


Here are the items to add to the cost of the property to compute your cost basis:

  • title fees,
  • legal fees,
  • recording fees,
  • survey fees, and.
  • any transfer or stamp taxes you pay in connection with the purchase.

@ polackva


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