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only have 'capital losses' this year-novice at this

I know there are people who disagree with me on this point, but I think the Schedule D is a difficult form to complete. It's tedious, with lots of opportunities for entry errors and math errors.

I recommend you choose one of the tax prep software packages to help you complete your return. The packages will help you to avoid most of the more obvious errors. I have an emotional attachment to Turbo Tax, but all the packages are good.

Additionally, you mentioned the Schedule D is new to you. The tax code is voluminous, complicated, and labyrinthine. Doing your own taxes when all you have is W-2s and a standard deduction is one thing. I think any time taxpayers enter new areas of the tax code, they should consult a tax professional. In many cases taxpayers will earn back the tax professional's fees in taxes they won't overpay or aggravation they won't have.

David Jacobs
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