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Jon Andrews, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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I have $100,000 deposits in a savings account. The bank ...

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I have $100,000 deposits in a savings account. The bank collapsed and I did not recieve anything for my deposits. The bank was chartered by the state and not insured by federal law. What would my options be in deducting the loss on my return? Whan advantages can be taken for the loss on the tax returns? AGI--$110,000 and no capital gains for the year.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Jon Andrews replied 11 years ago.

This is a deductible loss under Section 165.


There are several possibilities and I suggest that you sit down and go over your specific facts and circusmtances with a qualified local CPA or tax attorney.


Generally, you can elect to treat the loss as a casualty or theft loss. Using this treatment allows a deduction but the deduction will be less than the entire amount because of the various limitations that come into play on itemized deductions in general and casualty and theft losses in particular.


Additionally, you may be able to treat up to $20,000 as an ordinary loss not subject to the itemized deduction and casulaty loss rules.


Depending on which option(s) you choose, there may be an affirmative election that will be required with your tax return. It will be important that this election be completed and filed properly so that you do not lose any tax benefits that you are entitled to.


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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
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Expert:  Jon Andrews replied 11 years ago.

Perhaps someone will "work with you" to provide you a free answer to YOUR question - but I will not.


There is a method for taking down questions that you decide you do not want answered. As it is, you have wasted my time and effort.


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