Is this where we are stuck?
Scenario 1: the capital loss is not "needed" but still is used, because there is reportable income, even though it is below a certain taxable threshold.
Scenario 2: the capital loss is not fully used, because the ending reportable income is 0 without using all of it.
Scenario 1 = you cannot defer using all the loss, because it hasn't taken them to 0, yet.
Scenario 2 = the unused loss is automatically carried forward, because they hit 0 and still had value in that loss to use later.
Are these the two walls we seem to be bouncing off of, back and forth?
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