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Good afternoon and thanks for letting us assist you. Is this a C-corporation that paid taxes the past few years?
No. Sole proprietorship.
Since you said this is a "failed" business, I am assuming you have closed it down. If the corporation had taxable income, the net operating loss can be carried back for three years and set against the income.
Since it was not incorporated, can I simply carry the loss forward against personal income?
A sole proprietorship makes this easy. You can set the loss against your other income. If you end up with a net operating loss, you can elect to forgo carrying the loss back and carry it forward until it is extinguished or 15 years has passed.
If you don't elect to forgo the carryback period, you'll need to carry the NOL back first.
OK, great. Now how do I carry it forward? That is, which form(s)?
Use tax software such as Turbo Tax. During the interview, you'll be asked if you have an NOL. Make sure you enter an amount for your AMT NOL as well. If you don't, the NOL won't flow to the return. If you're not sure what the AMT NOL amount is, enter the same amount as the regular NOL. The amount of the NOL will be listed on line 21 of page 1 of the Form 1040. Make sure you enter it in the interview area--look for carryforwards. Different amounts such as tax refunds and municipal bond interest can lower the available NOL. I hope this helps, Bill Ellis.
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