Understanding Long Term Capital Gains

2 min readPublished Jan 24, 2024

Learn what long term capital gains are, their tax implications, and strategic considerations for your investment planning.

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Long Term Capital Gains refer to the profit from the sale of an asset held for more than a year. These gains are subject to different tax rates than short term gains, typically resulting in more favorable tax treatment.

Key Characteristics of Long Term Capital Gains

Holding Period

  • An asset must be held for more than one year to qualify for long term capital gains tax rates.

Tax Rates

  • The tax rates for long term gains are generally lower than for short term gains and ordinary income. These rates vary based on taxable income and filing status.

Tax Planning

  • Strategic selling of assets can help manage your tax liability, especially when aligning with low-income years.

Impact on Investment Decisions

Long term capital gains tax considerations can influence investment strategies. Holding investments for more than a year can provide tax benefits, encouraging a longer-term investment approach.

Real-World Example

If you purchased stock for $10,000 and sold it for $15,000 after 18 months, the $5,000 profit is a long term capital gain, subject to lower tax rates than if sold within a year.

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