Long term capital gain tax question


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kb

My gross income in 2007 was less than $8,750.
In 2007, I sold a stock which I had held since 1998. I understand
that I need to file Schedule D and 1040 because of the long term
capital gain tax. However, I read in the instructions of the
1040, that I should file tax return if my gross income was $8,750.
However, my gross income was less than that figure.

My question is: should I file the 1040?
 
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Rich Carreiro

kb said:
My gross income in 2007 was less than $8,750.
In 2007, I sold a stock which I had held since 1998. I understand
that I need to file Schedule D and 1040 because of the long term
capital gain tax. However, I read in the instructions of the
1040, that I should file tax return if my gross income was $8,750.
However, my gross income was less than that figure.

My question is: should I file the 1040?
If your other income plus the reported gross *proceeds*
are more than $8,750, strongly consider filing even if
technically you don't have to. If you don't file, the
IRS will assume the entire sales proceeds are a gain (i.e.
will assume zero basis). They will then send you correspondance
asking why you didn't file and you'll have to deal with that.
If you instead of just file (even though you don't have to),
you won't have to deal with any of that.
 
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Paul Thomas, CPA

kb said:
My gross income in 2007 was less than $8,750.
In 2007, I sold a stock which I had held since 1998. I understand
that I need to file Schedule D and 1040 because of the long term
capital gain tax. However, I read in the instructions of the
1040, that I should file tax return if my gross income was $8,750.
However, my gross income was less than that figure.

My question is: should I file the 1040?




How much was the gross sales amount (the proceeds not the gain) on the stock
sale? That amount, in addition to all other income, will decide if you need
to file.

But of course, this year is different, and you may want to - and indeed need
to - file to receive your "economic stimulus" check later this summer.
 
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PeterL

My gross income in 2007 was less than $8,750.
In 2007, I sold a stock which I had held since 1998.  I understand
that I need to file Schedule D and 1040 because of the long term
capital gain tax.  However, I read in the instructions of the
1040, that I should file tax return if my gross income was $8,750.
However, my gross income was less than that figure.

My question is: should I file the 1040?

don't you want free money from the government?
 
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Avrum Lapin

Rich Carreiro said:
If your other income plus the reported gross *proceeds*
are more than $8,750, strongly consider filing even if
technically you don't have to. If you don't file, the
IRS will assume the entire sales proceeds are a gain (i.e.
will assume zero basis). They will then send you correspondance
asking why you didn't file and you'll have to deal with that.
If you instead of just file (even though you don't have to),
you won't have to deal with any of that.
And even if the IRS didn't bother you residents of California would get
a really nasty letter from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) along the same
lines. Especially if your capital gain was exempt (such as the sale of
a house where the gain was less than $250K for a single person etc
 
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Avrum Lapin

Rich Carreiro said:
If your other income plus the reported gross *proceeds*
are more than $8,750, strongly consider filing even if
technically you don't have to. If you don't file, the
IRS will assume the entire sales proceeds are a gain (i.e.
will assume zero basis). They will then send you correspondance
asking why you didn't file and you'll have to deal with that.
If you instead of just file (even though you don't have to),
you won't have to deal with any of that.
And if you lived in California the Franchise Tax Board would send you a
very threatening letter, especially if you sold a personal residence
whose gain was tax exempt
 
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