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Can Capital Gains be offset against Capital Losses?

Curious about Capital Gain

Can Capital Gains be offset against Capital Losses?

Yes, capital gains can be offset against capital losses to reduce your overall tax liability. When you calculate your capital gains for a specific tax year, you can offset any capital losses you have incurred during the same year.

Here's how the offsetting of capital gains and losses works:

1. Shortterm capital losses can be set off against both shortterm and longterm capital gains.

2. Longterm capital losses can only be set off against longterm capital gains.

3. If the capital losses exceed the capital gains in a given tax year, the excess loss can be carried forward for future years.

4. The carried forward losses can be set off against capital gains in subsequent years, subject to certain conditions and limitations.

It's important to note that there are specific rules and limitations on the offsetting of capital gains and losses, and the carried forward losses can only be set off against capital gains and not against regular income. The rules may vary from country to country, so it's advisable to consult a tax professional or refer to the tax laws of your jurisdiction for specific guidelines on offsetting capital gains and losses.

Additionally, it's important to maintain proper documentation of your capital gains and losses, including purchase and sale records, to accurately calculate and report them for tax purposes.

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