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Long-term capital gain taxes on ETFs?

Sorry if this is a very novice question. I couldn't find it by searching here or Bogleheads (I'm not really a 100% Boglehead either). Let's say I hold $30,000 in an ETF called BMT (Big Mike's Tech). ...
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It is ok if I under-report my cost basis for certain securities?

Yes, I would like to say that my cost basis is lower than it actually was (and thus pay more taxes). Quick story, which I think is mostly correct (but I can't remember all details): I own shares ...
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Do dividend quotes for U.S. stocks include witheld taxes?

Consider, for example, the following dividend distribution table for SPY: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=SPY&a=00&b=29&c=1993&d=08&e=19&f=2013&g=v When an entry in the ...
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1answer
365 views

Why do mutual funds and ETFs in the U.S. not capitalize dividends?

I am from Europe/Belgium and in Europe it is common to have funds and ETFs which capitalize/re-invest instead of distribute the dividends. I have been looking to the Vanguard ETFs and funds lately, ...
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Buy US ETF as foreigner — a bad idea?

I'm considering to buy index ETFs from US through TD Ameritrade, but as a non-resident alien (foreigner), my main concern is the 30% withholding tax on: all dividend (especially the bond ETFs) ...
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What are the differences in taxes rules for specialty ETFs such as GLD (Gold ETF) and general ETFs?

I am on 15% tax bracket. In terms of shot term hold and long term hold, I want to know what the differences in taxes rules for specialty ETFs such as GLD (Gold ETF) and general ETFs as are?
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318 views

“Cap gains exposure” of an ETF — what does it mean?

Morningstar provides an ETF data point called potential cap gains exposure. For example, here is Vanguard's Europe ETF (VGK): This value is negative 78% for VGK. I understand that this is a good ...
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131 views

US or UK based ETF Index funds for UK investor?

I would like to invest in ETF Index funds. Vanguard funds have cheapest MER, around 0.2% and it was my initial choice, but then I've learned about some tax complications which I still don't ...
3
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1answer
226 views

Wash sale rule + Mutual Funds/ETFs?

According to IRS rules, you can't sell a security, take a capital loss on your taxes, and then buy back the same or a "substantially identical" security within 30 days. However, "substantially ...
3
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3answers
907 views

Are dividends paid by REIT ETFs considered “qualified” dividends?

Are dividends paid by an ETF that invests in REITs taxed at the "qualified" dividend rate (typically, 15% vs. the ordinary income tax rate)? (If I recall correctly, REITs are not subject to double ...
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310 views

What types of ETFs are taxed differently by the IRS?

How does the IRS calculate taxes for ETFs? Until recently, I thought they were taxed the same as stocks, but I recently purchased a gold ETF (IAU) and have to pay a small capital gains tax even though ...
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Are bond ETF capital gains taxed similar to stock or stock funds if held for more than 1 year?

Are gains on bond ETFs held for more than one year taxed at a lower rate, similar to stocks and funds holding stocks? I'm referring to the change in price of the fund, not dividends.