I have a capital loss from buying stocks. If I don't report this year can I just record them personally and claim them next year if I need to offset a gain. Also have a friend that is trying to get support payments for her and her kids and the husband is so far not responding until the court catches up to him. Here is the problem and I am sure it is very common. She has borrowed money to pay a lawyer to get into a court room and start proceedings. Is there any way she could use these expenses against her income taxes. She is a low income earner and anything she could claim would help. Two very different questions but would appreciate the help in these matters.