Gains from stocks and mutual funds are taxed at a lower rate than regular income. But those aren't the only investments from which you can get the lower capital gains rate.
You don't have to be a big-time venture capitalist to take advantage of favorable tax treatment for investments ranging from real estate to stocks.
New laws require firms to report the 'cost basis' of stocks and other investments when they are sold. You should make sure the numbers on your 1099-B are correct.
Answers to your questions about tax rates, capital gains, the alternative minimum tax, as well as a guide to which tax credits were extended or made permanent
Just who and what will fall by the Dec. 31 deadline? We'll likely keep hanging on by our fingernails until Congress makes some difficult decisions about tax policy.
Expect to hear a lot of political rhetoric this election year. But how many taxpayers and businesses would really be affected by the proposed tax increase?
However President Obama's proposed tax on millionaires is estimated, it's small compared with the federal budget deficit.
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