Jed is an electrician. Jed and his wife are cash basis taxpayers and file a joint return. Jed wired a new house for Alison and billed her $15,000. Alison paid Jed $10,000 (last year) and refused to pay the remainder of the bill, claiming the fee to be exorbitant. Jed took Alison to Small Claims Court for the unpaid amount and was awarded a $2,000 judgement. Jed was never able to collect the judgement nor the remainder of the bill from Alison. What amount of loss may Jed deduct in the current year?
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