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[[I bought $50000 of muncipal bonds nine years ago for a price of 104 per bond. They were
called-in in November at par or 100. Although I have received tax free interest on these bonds that
exceeds the difference between purchase price and sale price, can I still deduct a $4.00 loss per
bond on the sale of these bonds?]]

What REALLY happened is that you bot the bonds at a PREMIUM. This bond premium can be delt with in one of two ways:

1. You can amortize the bond premium, and reduce the current income of the bond by a portion of the premium each year (not a good idea for tax free muni bonds); or
2. You can elect NOT to amortize the premium and potentially take a capital loss deduction when the bonds are sold, cancelled, or mature.

In your case, (since I assume that you didn't amortize the premium), you are allowed to claim a capital loss on Schedule D for the permium that you initially paid.

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