Sell for tax-loss harvesting :: Tax-Wizard

Supported brokers: Revolut, Degiro, eToro, XTB, Trading212, Interactive Brokers, and Lightyear

Who can benefit: Investors who have realized capital gains in the current tax year.
What's the goal: Reduce your tax bill by offsetting capital gains with capital losses.

Stock market fluctuations, while unsettling, present opportunities for long-term investors. Despite market downturns, investors can leverage such situations to their advantage by employing tax-loss harvesting strategies. This approach involves selling underperforming investments to offset gains in other parts of a portfolio, thereby minimizing potential tax liabilities.

Let's consider a scenario where an investor has realized gains from the sale of Stock A during 2023, and suppose this investor also holds Stock B, currently reflecting a loss:

Investment Gain
Stock A + 7 500 €
Stock B - 5 000 €

By selling Stock B, the investor can offset the gains from Stock A. In this case, the investor would have a 2 500 € gain (7 500 € - 5 500 €) instead of a 7 500 € gain by not selling Stock B.

However, it's essential to emphasize that strategic decisions regarding which stocks to sell should be rooted in allocation strategies and conviction. Investors shouldn't let tax implications dictate investment decisions. Rather, focus on selling or adjusting stocks that no longer align with your investment goals or sectors where your holdings deviate significantly from your targets.

Additionally, be mindful of the wash sale rule that might exist in your country. This rule prohibits investors from claiming tax write-offs if they repurchase the same or a substantially similar security within a certain amount of days before or after selling at a loss. Ensure compliance with this rule by refraining from repurchasing shares within this timeframe to optimize tax benefits.

At Tax-Wizard, we strive to empower investors with insights and tools to navigate their tax obligations effectively. Understanding tax-loss harvesting strategies is essential for optimizing tax benefits while aligning with your long-term investment objectives.

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  • Open positions report and statistics
  • Transaction and dividends statistics
  • Export Open Positions to Yahoo Finance