No such thing as a stupid question! You must put your sale of stock on Schedule D, you will answer the questions as to how much you sold it for, and what your basis (purchase price) is. You'll also supply the date of purchase and the date of sale to determine if your held the stock long or short term. If your purchase price is more than the sale price a loss will be figured. When you are finished with Schedule D the totals of all gains and losses will be figured out and will be carried over to your 1040 (or 140A.) Then yourloss will subtracted (a deduction)from other income. Hope this helps.
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