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How to Calculate Your Cost Basis and Save Money…Guaranteed

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When you sell a capital asset you need to know when you purchased it and what the cost basis is.  These will be used to determine what your capital gain (or loss) is.  Capital assets are items such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Holding Period

A short-term capital gain is for a capital asset held a year or … Continue reading »


What’s the Difference in Capital Gains Taxes?

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Capital assets are generally those held for investment.  Stocks, bonds and mutual funds are some examples. If there is a gain on the sale of these assets, a capital gains tax is due.


7 Easy Ways to Decrease Your Income Tax and Keep More Money

 1) Maximize Your Contributions to Your 401(k) Plan

Many employers will offer a 401(k) plan. Employees need to take advantage of this plan. This will likely be one of the cornerstones of your retirement plan. If your employer offers a match, you really need to participate in this plan at least to get the match amount.


3 Reasons to Recognize Capital Gains in 2012

1) The Long-Term Capital Gains Rate is Going Up

Long-term capital gains are for capital assets held longer than a year. Capital assets include stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Collectibles and certain Real Estate are subject to special rules.  The stated rate on long-term capital gains is currently 15%.  If Congress fails to take any action, this will increase to 20%.  The so-called Bush tax cuts reduced the rate on long-term capital gains to 15%.  These tax … Continue reading »


7 Smart Year End Tax Planning Moves

 

1) Harvest Capital Losses

Capital gains property includes stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  Currently, the stated rate on long term capital gains is 15%.  If you have a net loss after netting all of your gains and losses, the tax deduction is limited to $3,000. Any excess capital losses can be carried into the future.


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