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I received a 1099 Misc for sale of my boat. I paid less than what I sold it for so how do I show it’s a loss or no money/income was made

 
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I received a 1099 Misc for sale of my boat. I paid less than what I sold it for so how do I show it’s a loss or no money/income was made

You don't show your boat sale as a loss. If you sold the boat for more money than what you paid for the boat, you made money on it. You have a capital gain. A capital gain is taxable. 

 

When you sell a capital asset, the difference between its cost basis and the selling price results in a capital gain or loss.

  • A capital gain is when your asset's sales price exceeds its cost basis (in other words, you made money). Capital gains must be reported on your tax return.
  • A capital loss is when you sell the asset for less than its cost basis. Capital losses from investments can be deducted, but not those from personal-use assets, such as your home or personal vehicle.

To enter this income so it does not generate Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business, follow these instructions:

  1. Sign in to TurboTax and Continue.
  2. Search for 1099-misc.
  3. Select the Jump to 1099-misc link in the search results.
  4. Select Yes to Did you get a 1099-MISC? If you land on the 1099-MISC Summary screen, edit the 1099-MISC in question.
  5. If you need to enter another 1099-MISC, select Add Another 1099-MISC to enter a new one.
  6. Enter the information from your 1099-MISC.
  7. If your form has an amount in more than one box, you’ll need to enter them as separate 1099-MISC forms. We’ll help you with that.
  8. On the Describe the reason for this 1099-MISC screen, enter a reason then Continue.
  9. On the Does one of these uncommon situations apply? screen, select None of these apply then Continue.
  10. On the Did the XXX involve work that’s like your main job? screen, select No, it didn’t involve work like my main job then Continue.
  11. On the How often did you get income from XXX? screen, select I got it in 2020 then Continue.
  12. On the Did the XXX involve an intent to earn money? screen, select No, it didn’t involve an intent to earn money then Continue.
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I received a 1099 Misc for sale of my boat. I paid less than what I sold it for so how do I show it’s a loss or no money/income was made

I received a 1099 Misc for the sale of my boat. I sold the boat for less than what I paid so I lost money. How do I show that on my taxes since I received a 1099 misc as other income 

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I received a 1099 Misc for sale of my boat. I paid less than what I sold it for so how do I show it’s a loss or no money/income was made

Since you received a 1099-Misc, you must report it on your return.  However you cannot report a loss on the sale of a personal item.  You can however zero the income out since you didn't gain anything. 

 

First, you will enter the income in the "Other Common Income" topic.  Answer the questions indicating this was not a job or an effort to earn money.  

 

Next, scroll down to "Less Common Income" and "Start/Revisit" Miscellaneous Income topic and the "Other Reportable Income" topic. 

 

There you will enter "Boat Sale Costs" and enter your purchase price as a "Negative" number only up to the amount on the 1099-Misc.  

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