Capital Gains Tax On Sale
A capital gain is a monetary gain made from an investment or asset that you bought as an investment. For example, if you buy an apartment complex for one million dollars and sell it for one million six hundred thousand dollars then your capital gain is six hundred thousand dollars. That capital gain is something that you will have to pay taxes on because it is considered a type of income. This income is considered unearned income because you do not have to work to gain this money. Earned income is money you earn from working at your job.
You can only make a capital gain on certain investments. Any property that you buy for investment purposes will count. HOwever, any of those that end up being kept for personal use do not count towards gaining a capital gain or loss. For example. you cannot get a capital gain from selling the house that you live in.
Any money that you gain during a year is considered income. Any income that you make you must pay taxes on as this is no different. You pay your capital gains tax just like you would your normal income taxes and you will file them all at the same time. When you file your income taxes there is a separate form you will need to figure out your capital gains tax. This tax will make it so you have to pay more taxes and will not give you a tax break. A capital loss which is the opposite of a capital gain will result generally in a tax break.
If you have an investment which you have sold for more than you bought it for you should consult a tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service to see if you need to pay capital gains tax on your investment and how much you will be required to pay. Sometimes you can qualify to pay your capital gain over several years. This usually depends on how much other income you had that year and how much taxes you have already paid in during that year.
Capital gains tax may seem hard to understand but it is actually quite simple once you take a look at it.
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