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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?

Capital Assets

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.


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 »


The Difference Between Capital Gains and Ordinary Income

Most long-term capital gains are taxed at 15% for 2010.  This rate is scheduled to increase to 20% in 2011.  Unfortunately, we need to say “most” because there are some exceptions as follows:

  • Taxpayers in the 10% and 15% ordinary bracket―0%
  • Certain depreciation recapture on real estate—25%
  • Collectibles—28%

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