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Entering a net operating loss (NOL) for a year other than current tax year

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax70Updated February 23, 2022

This article will assist you with entering a net operating loss (NOL) from a year other than the current taxable year.

For most taxpayers, NOLs arising in tax years ending after 2020 can only be carried forward. See Net operating losses for more information.

Whether the NOL is a carryback in prior years or a carryforward, the entries must be made on Screen 15, Net Operating Loss.

There are three mandatory entries:

  • Year of loss (e.g., 2020) (MANDATORY)
  • Initial loss
  • Carryover available in 2021

If AMT is involved with the NOL, enter amounts for AMT initial loss and AMT carryover available in the current year. Amounts flow to Form 1040 as Other Income.

For tax year 2021, if there is an NOL for 2018 or newer, you'll receive diagnostic ref #53656:

NOL #: The program doesn't automate the limitation of post-2017 net operating losses to 80% of taxable income, before taking into account any NOL deduction. You must override the amount of post-2017 NOL carryforward absorbed this year so it does not exceed the 80% of taxable income limit.

Calculate the allowable amount of the NOL and enter the override on Screen 15 in the NOL absorbed in 2021 field. See here for the most up to date information from the IRS.

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