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Can one balance capital gains in a regular account with losses in an IRA account on Schedule D? Is this allowable according to IRS rules?

Sorry, transactions in your IRA don't get reported on your tax return. An IRA is a tax-deferred account, remember? So you can't offset losses in an IRA against your capital gains. (There is a slim possibility if the loss in your IRA wiped out your entire IRA. Let us know if that's the case.)

Does anyone else really enjoy this time of the year?

Yeah - I really do enjoy doing taxes and helping people with their personal finances. I'm kinda strange, I know. And I hope to really enjoy it by making about 1/2 of my annual income in the next 3 months.

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