Submitted By: someone
Answered: March 2, 2020 9:07 pm

I took a stock loss but now have received a recovery through a lawsuit. Do I have to report this?

Because the stock loss produced a tax benefit to you, the recovery is taxable. The question is whether you report the recovery as a capital gain (since you took a capital loss) or as ordinary income. Under the “origin of the claim doctrine,” it appears that the recovery can be treated as capital gain even though the lawsuit recovery isn’t a sale or exchange. But the IRS has not ruled definitively on this exact situation.

Source: https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/files/2005-16770-1.pdf

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Tax Glossary

Itemized deductions

Items, such as interest, state and local income and sales taxes, charitable contributions, and medical deductions, claimed on Schedule A of Form 1040. Itemized deductions are subtracted from adjusted gross income to arrive at taxable income. The amount of itemized deductions is also subject to a reduction when adjusted gross income exceeds certain limits.

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