Capital losses and deductions
This section provides information on capital losses, and on different treatments of capital gains that may reduce your taxable income. Consult our Summary of loss application rules chart for the rules and annual deduction limit for each type of capital loss.
How do you use a capital loss?
A summary of how capital losses are applied to current, previous and future years.
Claiming the capital gains deduction
When capital gains arise from the disposition of certain properties.
How are other year losses carried forward to 2013?
Which losses are carried forward first? How does the inclusion rate affect the loss carry forward, and the amount entered on line 253?
How is a 2013 loss carried back to previous years?
How many years can a loss be carried back? Does the amount of the loss have to be adjusted? How do I complete Form T1A?
Personal-use property losses
When losses arise from the disposition of personal-use property like cars, boats and cottages.
What is a superficial loss?
When you dispose of property for a loss, and you or a person affiliated with you, acquires it within the month before or after the sale.
Allowable business investment loss (ABIL)
What is a business investment loss? How is an ABIL determined, deducted, carried back or forward?
Capital gains deferral for investment in small business
When you dispose of a business investment and re-invest the proceeds in an eligible small business corporation.
What is a restricted farm loss?
A farm loss will be only partly deductible if farming was not your chief source of income.
Claiming a reserve
When payment for a capital property is received over a number of years.
Forms and publications
- Guide T4037, Capital Gains
- T1A, Request for Loss Carryback
- T657 Calculation of Capital Gains Deduction
- T936 Calculation of Cumulative Net Investment Loss (CNIL)
- IT232 - Losses - Their Deductibility in the Loss Year or in Other Years
IT484, Business Investment Losses
- Line 217 and 228 - Business investment loss
- Line 252- Non-capital losses of other years
- Line 253 - Net capital losses of other years
- Line 254 - Capital gains deduction
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