Olaf lives in the state of Minnesota. In 2019, a tornado hit the area and damaged his home and automobile Applicable information is as follows:
Item Adjusted Basis FMV before FMV after Insurance Proceeds
Home $350,000 60,000 $500,000 40,000
Auto $100,000 10,000 $280,000 20,000
Because of the extensive damage caused by the tornado, the President designated the area a Federal disaster area. Olaf and his wife, Anna, always file a joint return. Their 2019 tax return shows AGI of $180,000 and taxable income of $145,000. In 2020, their return shows AGI of $300,000 and taxable income (exclusive of the casualty loss deduction) of $225,000. Assume the taxpayers are in the 22% tax bracket in 2019 and the 24% tax bracket in 2020.
Determine the amount of Olaf and Anna’s loss and the year in which they should take the loss.