Questions tagged [capital-gains-tax]

Questions related to the tax liability from the appreciation of assets, e.g. stocks, mutual funds, real estate.

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What do I need to do, tax-wise, for a sudden windfall?

I had stock options in a company which was recently sold to a private investment firm. As a result, my options were converted into a single large sum ( > $100,000) and delivered via wire transfer into ...
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What are the differences between capital gains and other forms of income?

It appears that capital gains are treated differently than other forms of income. What are the differences in how capital gains are earned compared to other forms of income? How does the tax code ...
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What is it called when you sell and reinvest to pay lower taxes?

Every year or so, I sell my investments and then immediately buy them again. I do this because I'm in a low enough tax bracket that I don't have to pay capital gains on my long term investments, so I'...
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Do altcoin trades count as like-kind exchanges? (Deferred capital gains tax)

2018 EDIT: Although this post was inspirational, US Congress addressed this issue in the Tax Reform law of 2017, and any trades after Jan 1st 2018 cannot have this treatment. The few years of ...
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What is the tax liability on the sale of a classic car?

We have a rare classic car, bought new in 1969, for around 5K. We've recently (partially) restored the car, spending around 5K. Because of the rarity of the car, we expect it to sell for over 200K. ...
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Can you gift someone money for purpose of investing to avoid capital gains upon inheritance?

After reading through information on capital gains tax and estate tax, I read that a heir of an investment does not have to pay capital gains on that investment. That is it's transferred free and ...
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Determining current value for real estate for inheritance purposes

It's my understanding that when someone dies the person who inherits their property has the value of that property reset for capital gains purposes. That is, if the property was purchased for $10,000 ...
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If I sell shares in the US, will I be liable to pay taxes in US?

I am a South African citizen living in South Africa who works for a large US company. As part of my compensation, I receive restricted stock units (RSUs) which my country considers to be part of my ...
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How can you minimize taxes on cryptocurrency trading?

I bought one Ethereum last year for around $350 and ended up selling it early this year for around $1350. From what I'm reading, capital gains will be close to 40% on the $1000 I made. Is there a ...
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Capital gains on stocks sold to take initial investment off the table

Suppose I have invested $100K in a stock that was trading at $100 per share. The stock has gone up by 10 percent and is now at $110. I sold 909 units at $110, i.e. 909*$110 ≈ $100K, which is ...
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Avoid Capital Gains on Rental

I bought my first house in May 2012. I moved into my second (current) house in November 2014. After I moved out of my first house, I began doing repairs on it, and started renting it out around May of ...
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Scared of money being “locked away” in retirement accounts

I have a reasonably comfortable emergency fund, some other savings, and some accounts I manage myself invested in stocks and funds. However I have only a minimal sum in pensions and retirement ...
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how do capital gains work if you don't know the original purchase price?

So let's say my grandparents bought me 1,000 shares of some stock. They used the wrong address, however, and I never knew about it until after they died. The state got the stock and then, a bunch of ...
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At tax time, what is the proper way to report cryptocurrency earnings and fiat income when you've started with “nothing”?

Back in 2011 I started mining Bitcoin. I earned no more than .75 BTC. At that time, it was worth no more than $0.75. I began to trade my bitcoins for alt-coins. Regarding taxes and cryptocurrencies ...
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How does tax withholding work for capital gains of selling stock?

I am new in the United States, and before I moved here I did not deal with the concept of tax withholding and capital gains tax. I understand my employer withholds part of my salary to pay taxes, and ...
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Is there any way to reduce the taxes on my capital gains

I made ~100k investing in Bitcoin learned afterward that I needed to pay capital gains taxes on it in the amount of ~23k (via https://bitcoin.tax/). What are my options in terms of not paying so much ...
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Can I claim lost income if a company I invested in went out of business?

What happens when a company I invested in goes out of business? Is that declared as a personal capital loss? Does it offset capital gains elsewhere, and how do I include it in my tax filing?
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What are the “capital gains” my ETF is distributing to me alongside its dividends?

Today I noticed several ETFs I own, including SLYG, opened at a significantly lower value than they closed at yesterday (SLYG was $7.975 lower to be exact). Apparently yesterday a dividend was ...
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How should I pay tax on arbitrage profits?

Suppose I make an instant gain on an arbitrage trade. This is instant profit, so to speak, so technically there is no capital gains made. Do I pay CGT or income tax on the profit? I'm inclined to ...
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Capital gains when a spouse passes away

I live in California. My husband and I had a trust and when he passed away in October 2017 his half of our condo went into an exemption trust for his two children from a previous marriage. We bought ...
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What should I use as the cost basis for stock that was purchased before becoming a US resident?

I held some stock in Australia for 14 years and 4 months that has enjoyed some healthy long term capital gains in that time. Recently I became a US Resident for Tax Purposes under the Substantial ...
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How are taxes tracked on investments which have already had tax paid on them?

I made some investments years ago and took out an amount in 2016 to invest with on my own. Let's say the amount was $1,000 US dollars. I paid capital gains on this amount which was 15% so of my $1,...
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Is it a good idea to sell prior to moving to a higher tax state?

For the purposes of this question, suppose: I'm moving from a state with 0% capital gains tax to a state with 5.25% capital gains tax; All capital gains are long-term; I have some mutual funds that I ...
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Does “income” include capital gains?

According to tables I have seen, if I have "income" of more than $415,050 than I pay a 20% federal capital gains tax on any capital gains I have that year. Does this "income" figure itself include ...
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Investing proceeds from foreign vacation home sale

We bought a vacation home in the UK in 2006 for 182000 pounds, including purchase price, closing costs and improvements, when the pound was stronger ($1.8/pound), and wired $327000 directly to the UK ...
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Capital gain treatment when moved to a no state income tax like Texas

I am planning to move to Texas early 2018. If I lease my California principal residence for 9 months, while waiting for my new home in Texas to be built, and then sell the California house 9 months ...
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Bed and Breakfast, Same Day Capital Gains UK

1) What exactly is 'same day` rule, there is much talk about it all over the internet but no one seems to be able to explain what it actually is or how it works. Does it mean If I purchased shares in ...
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Capital gains taxes on share of inherited property?

I along with my cousins just sold some real property located in in Quebec that was inherited from our grandfather to our parents, and then to us. I received a 1/8 share of the proceeds which amounts ...
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how do capital gains work if the property that you purchased was modified since it's purchase?

Let's say you purchase 10 acres of land 30 years ago for $10,000 and that 10 years ago the city declared eminent domain on a portion of the land and built a road through it. Now you own two tracts of ...
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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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1099-B, box 5, how to figure out cost basis?

(in the USA) I just got my 1099-B for stock that was sold last year. Since the company was bought out, all my stock in this company was sold. This stock was originally invested when I was very ...
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taxes, ordinary income, and adjusted cost basis for RSUs

My company offers RSUs — restricted stock units — as a benefit. These vest after a certain amount of time, and in 2013, my first chunk vested with a value of about $6400. As I understand it, at that ...
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Received capital gains dividends from a Canadian mutual fund. Do I need pay tax in Canada?

I have some mutual funds in Canada from BMO. I am a non-resident of Canada. I am U.S.A resident. I recevied capital gains dividends. Do I need to pay capital gains tax in Canada? Or just pay U.S.A.? ...
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Capital gains tax when I sell my home if I use a portion of it for an AirBnB

We live in Virginia. We own a nice-sized home and now that the kids are gone we are living on one floor, except for the laundry room. We are considering renting out the downstairs as an AirBnB space. ...
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Tax consequences of partially selling a stock

I bought a company for $71 5 months ago. It is now over $100 but I am afraid it might fall. I plan to sell only enough to get back the money I put into the stock and own the gained amount until it is ...
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Fund Loses Money But 1099-DIV Shows Large Capital Gain Distribution

My Goldman Sachs fund lost over $6,000.00 for 2018, but the Form 1099-DIV shows a total capital gain distribution of over $62,000.00. How can that happen?
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Using dividends to reduce short term capital gains?

Let's say I have $100 in short term capital gains this year. I will need to pay taxes on this gains at the my ordinary tax rate (which we shall assume is 37%). Let's also say there is a stock that ...
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Tax implications of restricted stock units

Last May I had been with my company for a year so I got the first grant of restricted stock units (RSUs) that vest over 4 years. Based on this answer to a related question, I am thinking I should have ...
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Can salary sacrifice pension contributions move you into a lower tax bracket for Capital Gains Tax?

If a person is paid over £45,000 per year then they are a Higher Rate taxpayer and pay Capital Gains Tax at 20% If that person pays into their salary sacrifice pension and reduces their taxable ...
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Selling Gifted Stock - Capital Gains, Gift Tax, AGI/Deductions

My wife and I received a gift of $100k stock from a relative two months ago. Cost basis of the stock was $30k, purchased by that relative 5 years ago. We hope to sell the stock to use for a down ...
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Can I put what I earn from the sale of my house in the bank?

I bought my house for $247K in 2000 but refinanced and now owe $300K. I've also put in at least $12K in upgrades. I can probably sell the house for $450K, for a profit of $150K. Should I quickly ...
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Are futures options eligible for the 60/40 tax rule?

How are options taxed when the underlying asset is a futures contract. Futures contracts in the US have a favorable tax treatment known as the 60/40 rule, where 60% of profits are taxed at the long ...
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Do I need to file taxes when selling on eBay or Amazon?

I'd like to sell my own camera gear (for a total of less than £4k) on eBay UK or Amazon UK. Since I'm not a business and I am losing money (I would sale for less than what I bought it for), I ...
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Transfer between mutual funds?

I've recently moved from the U.S. to France and my investment company has put my account "on hold" to avoid tax complications on their side (common practice these days). That means I can continue to ...
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Can suspended passive losses of a former passive activity be used to offset capital gains on a current passive activity?

I had two rental properties, each of which had its own column on Schedule E. I purchased one in 2001 and one in 2007. The 2001 property has had minor Schedule E losses along the way, and has built up ...
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Wealthfront Personal Account or Personal+Roth IRA

Good evening all, I recently started investing money into a Wealthfront personal account, and once creating it, I have started wondering what truly is most beneficial for me both long-term and short-...
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Correct way to amend tax return as a result of not correctly reporting gains on sale of private stock based on Installment method?

Background. I owned series A and series B preferred stock in a private company that merged with a public company in 2015 giving rise to large gains.The merger closing date occurred in September 2015 ...
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Do you pay taxes on stock gains that are just returning to their original purchase price?

If a stock that I purchased in 2013 lost money overall in that year but then in 2014 the stock increased to the amount I paid for it, do I pay 2014 taxes on the stock increase? My account history ...
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Death and Capital Gains Taxes (United States)

I have a question about taxes and death. If you own stock and you sell it for a profit, you have to pay tax on the profit. Is this same tax applied to someone when they die? I understand that Estate ...
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Wouldn't it be better if reinvested dividends were simply treatable as capital gains for tax purposes?

Suppose I own 100 shares in XYZ corp purchased for 25c in year 2000. If XYZ corp pays me 5c in dividends in year 2001, I will owe tax on the 5c dividends, hopefully as qualified dividends(?). If on ...