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Schedule D Capitol Gains and Losses

The challenges of tax season are sometimes quite overwhelming, especially for investors when tying to make sure your putting all the proper paperwork together to please our old friend Uncle Sam.

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The IRS Schedule D tax form is used to report capital gains and losses that result from the purchase, sale, or trade of certain investments during the year.

TurboTax Premier 2018 - 2019 Guide to Schedule D Investment Capital Gains and Losses Reporting

For investment reporting, Schedule D as well as tax form Form 8949 are often used to document capital gains and losses that need to be reported to the IRS along with your 1040.

Capital asset transactions include gains and losses that result from the sale or trade of certain types of investments during the year.

Capital assets can include investments assets such as stocks and bonds, as well as personal property like your home, vehicles, artwork and collectibles.

If you sell a capital asset that was held for personal use, you need to calculate the profit gained and report it on IRS Form Schedule D. You may also be required to prepare Form 8949. If these capital assets are sold at a loss, you may not need to report it, and the loss may not be deductible.

Capitol Gains and Losses

Most gains are considered income that needs to be reported on your tax return. However, the tax rate you pay may be determined based on how long you held the asset. Capital asset losses may be eligible to offset other current and future capital gains.

Capital gains and losses are determined by the "tax basis" amount you paid, and the sale price "proceeds". Certain asset "adjustments" can alter the amount gained or lost that is reported on your return.

Short-term gains and losses

Assets that you hold for one year or less at the time of sale are considered to be “short term” investments. When short-term gains exceed short-term losses, you pay tax on the net gain.

Long-term gains and losses

Assets that you hold for more than one year or more are considered to be "long-term" investments. Net long-term gains are reported on Schedule D and Form 8949.

Preparing Schedule D and Form 8949

To report capital asset transaction, you’ll prepare Form 8949 prior to your Schedule D, unless exceptions apply.

Form 8949 requires separate details for each capital asset. This can include the name and type of asset, date of purchase, date sold, purchase price (adjusted basis), and sale price. Calculate total gain or loss for each category and enter those amounts on your Schedule D and Form 1040.

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Exceptions to Form 8949 for individuals and most small businesses.

Provided one of the exceptions qualify, then transactions may be summarized by short-term and long-term, then reported on Schedule D to the IRS.

When you use TurboTax Premier to prepare your tax return, these calculations are performed through the software than transferred to the right forms.

You may also import stock transactions from many brokerages and financial institutions, right into TurboTax Premier.