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December 2021

Tax-Loss Harvesting

Tax-Loss Harvesting

If you’ve traded stocks or other capital assets in 2021 for a gain, you can offset your profits by selling securities that have lost value. This is called tax-loss harvesting.


You can deduct capital losses to the extent you have capital gains. And if your losses exceed your capital gains, you can offset up to $3,000 against your ordinary income. You can carry forward any leftover losses to future tax years.

When tax-loss harvesting, be aware of the wash sale rules. If you sell a security at a loss and buy the same or substantially identical security within 30 days of the sale, the loss generally can’t be taken in the current tax year.

Some investing work, such as opening and funding an IRA, can be made until the tax-filing deadline. However, with tax-loss harvesting, there is no such grace period. You’ll need to complete all of your sales no later than December 31.


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