Q) We bought our home in 2000 for $60,500. We sold it this last July for $60,000. How do I put this on my income tax return for 2018?
A) Most people use the Schedule D form to report capital gains and losses that result from the sale or trade of certain property during the year. As of 2011, however, the Internal Revenue Service created a new form, Form 8949, that some taxpayers will have to file along with their Schedule D and 1040 forms.
Capital asset transactions
Capital assets include all personal property, such as your home, car, artwork and collectibles, to name a few. It also includes your investments assets, such as stocks and bonds. Whenever you sell a capital asset held for personal use at a gain, you need to calculate how much money you gained and report it on a Schedule D and, depending on your situation, perhaps Form 8949. Capital assets held for personal use that are sold at a loss generally do not need to be reported on your taxes and the loss is generally not deductible.