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This amount is a bad debt. Provided that this was for personal work done, this would be a non business bad debt
You can write off the amount of the debt on schedule D of your tax return
You can read more about this on tax topic 453 http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc453.html
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I looked at the Schedule D and I cannot find where I can write this loss off. Can you please tell me what line numbers? Thank you.