Items on your prior return can affect year-end planning

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As year-end approaches, remember to check your prior tax return for items that can affect your year-end planning. Here are three items to look out for:
Capital loss carryover. If your capital losses exceeded your capital gains last year, you may be able to carry any unused loss to future years. You can apply the loss against this year’s capital gains as well as up to $3,000 of other income – a benefit to remember when you’re rebalancing your portfolio over the next few months.
Tip: Keep track of your capital loss carryforward for alternative minimum tax planning and projections. In some cases, this amount can be different from the carryforward calculated for your regular income tax.
Passive loss carryover. If you are selling a rental property, did you know that you can release the suspended rental losses for that particular rental? So make sure your unused rental losses were carried forward correctly every year. This happens when you change tax preparers.
Charitable contribution carryover. Was your charitable donation deduction limited from prior years? You may have a carryover that you can use if you’re going to itemize on this year’s taxes.
Tip: Take this carryover into consideration when planning this year’s donations so you don’t lose the benefit of older unused amounts. Charitable contribution carryforwards have a five-year life.
Net operating loss carryover. If your business had a loss last year, you had to make an election to carry the entire loss forward to the current year. Otherwise, the general rule of carrying the net operating loss back two years applies, with the remainder carried forward 20 years.

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