Tax Tip: 3 Facts About Capital Gains

When you sell a capital asset, like an investment or a piece of property, the sale can result in a capital gain or loss. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines a capital asset as “almost anything you own for personal use or own as an investment.” Here are three facts you should keep in mind:

  1. A capital gain or loss is the difference between what you originally paid for the asset (your basis) and the amount you get when you sell an asset.
  2. The IRS may allow you to deduct capital losses on the sale of an investment or piece of property.
  3. If your total net capital loss is more than the limit you can deduct, you may be able to carry it over to next year’s tax return.

*This information is not intended to substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov7

Footnotes And Sources

  1., January 26, 2023