Complete and attach Form 4684 to figure the amount of your loss to enter on line 20.
You may be able to deduct part or all of each loss caused by theft, vandalism, fire, storm, or similar causes, and car, boat, and other accidents. You may also be able to deduct money you had in a financial institution but lost because of the insolvency or bankruptcy of the institution.
You can deduct personal casualty or theft losses only to the extent that:
- The amount of each separate casualty or theft loss is more than $500, and
- The total amount of all losses during the year (reduced by the $500 limit discussed in (1) above) is more than 10% of the amount on Form 1040, line 38.
The 10% of AGI limitation does not apply to a casualty loss that occurred in an area determined by the President of the United States to warrant federal disaster assistance.
For information on disaster losses, see Pub. 547.
Special rules apply if you had both gains and losses from casualties or thefts. See Form 4684 and its instructions for details.
Use Schedule A, line 23, to deduct the costs of proving that you had a property loss. Examples of these costs are appraisal fees and photographs used to establish the amount of your loss.