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If a S Corp Owner had accumulated losses exceeding their

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If a S Corp Owner had accumulated losses exceeding their basis and it is the final year for the business, can those losses be recouped or are they permanently lost as a result of closing the business?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 1 year ago.

That would be true for passive losses - these are fully deductible when the passive activity is sold or otherwise disposed in fully taxable transaction.
Regarding S-corporation losses - it’s use them or lose them.
See here
(3) Carryover of disallowed losses and deductions to post-termination transition period

(A) In general

If for the last taxable year of a corporation for which it was an S corporation a loss or deduction was disallowed by reason of paragraph (1), such loss or deduction shall be treated as incurred by the shareholder on the last day of any post-termination transition period.

(B) Cannot exceed shareholder’s basis in stock

The aggregate amount of losses and deductions taken into account by a shareholder under subparagraph (A) shall not exceed the adjusted basis of the shareholder’s stock in the corporation (determined at the close of the last day of the post-termination transition period and without regard to this paragraph).

That actually means - if losses are not used withing one year after they are realized - they are completely "lost"
Sorry if you expected differently.