Posts Tagged ‘Holding Period’


The Difference Between an Inherited Asset and a Gift Received

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Whether you receive an asset from inheritance or from a gift can have significant tax impact when this asset is sold.

Inherited Asset

For an inherited asset you generally take this asset over at the Fair Market Value at the Date of Death. This value would be listed on the probate inventory.  Additionally for a Connecticut decedent it would be listed on … Continue reading »


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 »


The Difference Between Short-Term and Long-Term Capital Gains

The sale of a capital asset will result in a capital gain.  Depending on the holding period of this asset, the gain will either be short-term or long-term. Long-term gains have a lower, preferred income tax rate.  The holding period begins on the day the asset is purchased, as measured by the trade date, to the day the asset is sold. Assets that are inherited are deemed to be held long term.


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%