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I have some questions on schedule M-2. Line 8 is negative.

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Hi I have some questions on schedule M-2. Line 8 is negative. Should I report it as capital gain for my S-Corp?

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It's my 2016 return. I think my tax person made a mistake of not reporting the negative number as capital gain for 2016.

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The number is ***** huge. It's only -136. I want to see if I should have reported the $136 as capital gain for 2016. If so, how can I amend the return?

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Hey! I'm Carter, I'm a CPA and can help.
A negative M2 does not create a cap gain. If you have a distribution in excess of basis, you have a cap gain. The negative M2 may be a red flag that you had a distribution in excess of basis.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks, ***** ***** basis at the beginning of the year is $0. I had $3126 of business income. But then I had $3289 of non-deductible expenses (50% meals and entertainment). I had no other distributions. On M-2 line 8, the number is *****$163. So my shareholder basis is now -$163. Are you saying that I do not need to report the $163 as capital gain for my 1040?
Your basis can never go below $0 so it would be $0 for next year.
There were no distributions so no cap gains are reported.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
But how would I account for the $163? It's the money I took from the company in addition to the ordinary income. Thanks again.
If it's money you took from the company, then its considered a distribution and would be a cap gain.
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