4 Year-End Strategies For Investors
The end of the year is a great time to assess your current investments from both a tax, and a financial perspective. Depending on your situation, you might rely on four key strategies to improve your tax picture for 2016:
1. Capital loss harvesting: Capital losses can offset taxable capital gains, and if your losses for the year exceed your gains, you can use the excess to offset up to $3,000 of highly taxed ordinary income, such as the salary from your job. If you still have an excess loss, you can carry it over to use in future tax years.
This presents some tax planning opportunities at the end of the year. For instance, if you've already realized a short-term capital gain that will be taxed at ordinary income rates, you could sell a holding at a loss to offset all or part of that gain.
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