Publication 584 - Introductory Material

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This workbook is designed to help you figure your loss on personal-use property in the event of a disaster, casualty, or theft. It contains schedules to help you figure the loss to your main home, its contents, and your motor vehicles. However, these schedules are for your information only. You must complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss.

How To Use This Workbook

You can use this workbook by following these five steps.

  1. Read Publication 547 to learn about the tax rules for casualties, disasters, and thefts.

  2. Know the definitions of cost or other basis and fair market value, discussed later.

  3. Fill out Schedules 1 through 20.

  4. Read the instructions for Form 4684.

  5. Fill out Form 4684 using the information you entered in Schedules 1 through 20.

Use the chart below to find out how to use Schedules 1 through 19 to fill out Form 4684.

Take what's in each row of... And enter it on Form 4684...
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Column 5 Line 5
Column 6 Line 6
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Column 9 Line 9

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