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Capital gains tax

A capital gains tax is one levied on the difference between the sale and purchase price of an investment, assuming the difference is a profitable one.

Holding Periods

The exact rate of taxation depends on the holding period of the asset.

Short-Term Capital Gains Tax

The short-term capital gains tax applies to investments held for fewer than 366 days. The short-term capital gains tax is currently 35%, compared to a ceiling of 15% for long-term capital gains.

Long-Term Capital Gains Tax

The long-term capital gains tax applies to any investment held for at least 366 days. The top rate for capital gains tax is currently 15% in the United States, compared to 35% for short-term capital gains tax.

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