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Can I offset capital gains with capital losses?

Curious about Capital Gain

Can I offset capital gains with capital losses?

Yes, in many tax jurisdictions, you can offset capital gains with capital losses to reduce your overall tax liability. This is known as capital loss offsetting.

When you sell an asset and realize a capital gain, you may also have other investments or assets that have incurred capital losses. Capital losses occur when the proceeds from the sale of an asset are less than its original cost. These losses can be used to offset capital gains in the same tax year, potentially reducing your taxable capital gains.

The specific rules for offsetting capital gains with capital losses vary by jurisdiction, so it's important to understand the regulations applicable to your situation. In general, you can typically offset shortterm capital gains with shortterm capital losses, and longterm capital gains with longterm capital losses.

If your capital losses exceed your capital gains in a given tax year, you may be able to carry forward the excess losses to offset future capital gains. This allows you to use the losses in subsequent years to reduce your tax liability on future gains.

It's important to keep proper records of your capital gains and losses, including documentation of the purchase and sale dates, cost basis, and proceeds. Consult with a tax professional or refer to the tax laws in your jurisdiction for specific guidance on capital loss offsetting and any limitations or restrictions that may apply.

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