When you received the K-1 for the prior year- the loss would have been included on your prior year personal tax return. presuming you were actively involved in the S Corp and you had basis - this loss would have offset your income in prior year and any excess loss not used will be carried forward on your personal tax return.
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$26,000 loss would be reported as net operating loss in 2008 and it must have offset your other income (if you reported as a disregarded entity on Sch C,). Any excess loss would have been carried forward and can be claimed on Form 1040 on " other income" line as NOL and entered as negative item.
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