Stock sale splits

Todd W. ttop123 at
Sun Mar 19 10:06:13 EST 2006

So, a "negative capital gain" -- yes, I understand that a capital  
loss is the opposite of a gain.  The question is how do I represent  
this in the transaction?  Since negative numbers don't get input, you  

The example from the guide that I mention below shows the  
Income:Capital Gains profit in the "total sell" column, with a  
balancing amount in the buy column attributed to Asset:Stock:SYMBOL.

For a loss, do I put the Expense:Capital Loss in the "total buy"  
column and the balancing amount for Asset:Stock:SYMBOL in the in the  
sell column?

On Mar 19, 2006, at 6:57 AM, Brian Dolbec wrote:

> On Sun, 2006-19-03 at 06:47 -0800, Todd W. wrote:
>> I got no takers on this... it'd be great if someone could tell me how
>> a split transaction looks for a stock sale with a loss (the mentioned
>> example below shows a gain).
>> On Mar 17, 2006, at 1:58 PM, Todd W. wrote:
>> Section 8.7 of the guide in table 8.1 it shows how to split a stock
>> sale (see
>> invest_sell1.html#invest_sellexample2).  The example is with a
>> capital gain.  How does this transaction look if there is a loss?
>> Instead of Income:Capital Gains in the "Buy" column, would it be
>> Expense:Capital Loss in the "Sell" column?
> If I'm not mistaken, a Capital Loss is just negative Capital Gains.  A
> financial loss would affect your income and therefore your taxes.
>>   And what about the
>> balancing split for the Asset:Stock:SYMBOL?
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