Where can I report gains and losses on Form 6781 - Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles in Drake Tax?
Screen 6781 Commodity Futures and Straddles is available in most return types:
Some elections are not available where disallowed by IRS instructions. When Election C, Mixed straddle account election, is chosen, a SCH - Unformatted Attachment with statement number 688 is required.
When Form 1099-B contains amounts in boxes 8 - 11, the statement is from a Regulated Futures Contracts Broker, Foreign Currency Contracts Broker, or Section 1256 Option Contracts Broker.
Gains (or Losses) from these transaction types are reported on Form 6781 based on the contract type. For ease of navigation, screen 8949 contains a link to screen 6781.
A taxpayer cannot make a Net section 1256 contracts loss election (box D) on Form 6781 in a 1065, 1120, 1120S, or 1041 return. Consequently, Drake Tax does not offer that election on screen 6781 in business returns. The other elections for form 6781 (boxes A, B, and C) are available on screen 6781 in business returns.
The instructions on Form 6781, page 2, specify that corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts are not eligible to make this election.
For more information about entering Gains and Losses From Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles, see Form 6781 Instructions, or Publication 550.
Drake Tax does not support the creation of Form 1045 for a Section 1256 Loss carryback. A fillable Form 1045 is available from IRS, if needed.