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I thought I understood that I could only claim $3000 of losses per year against those gains and the rest would carry over into subsequent years. I now believe that is incorrect? I CAN claim losses up to the amount of the gains, and THEN carry over $3000 per year of the additional?

Close, but not quite correct.

JAFO listed the order in which capital gains are netted against losses for the current year. Up to $3,000 in losses is then taken against your other income providing there is other income for the year. The balance of the capital gain loss is then carried over to the next year where the same process is repeated until the carryover is used or death.
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