At-Risk Limits And Reported Income
You can reduce income reported on your return by deducting allowable losses from either of these:
- A business
- Other for-profit activity
The deduction is limited to the money you have at risk in the activity.
The at-risk amount is usually equal to the combined total of these:
- Money and the adjusted basis of property you contributed to the activity
- Amounts you borrow for use in the activity, which you’re personally liable to repay
- Fair market value (FMV) of property you pledged as security for the debt. You can’t count property you contributed to the activity.
The at-risk amount usually doesn’t include:
- Amounts guaranteed against loss through nonrecourse financing
- Amounts from other loss-limiting arrangements you’re not personally liable for
The at-risk rules apply to:
- Individuals, including partners and S corporation shareholders
- Estates and trusts
- Certain closely held corporations (other than S corporations)
If some of the money you invested isn’t at risk, use Form 6198 to figure your allowable loss.
To learn more, see Publication 925: Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules at www.irs.gov.