0% Capital Gain + Wash Sale

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    -0% Capital Gain
    Does 0% capital gain tax apply only to individual stock gain and mutual funds annual October distribution >= 1 year?
    Can dividend (qualified & unqualified), Roth IRA conversion be lumped into 0% capital gain tax?
    Does Income limit indexed annually ($40,400 for single, $80,800 for couple)?

    -Wash Sale
    If someone sells ABC stock for a gain and then immediately buy back same number share of ABC stock, is it consider a wash sale?
    Does it matter if he pays higher or lower price than his original cost?

    Kaye Thomas

    1. The 0% rate applies to capital gain from all sources, provided your taxable income (including the gain) falls within the applicable limit. The 0% rate applies also to qualified dividends. Note that mutual fund distributions may include qualified dividends and capital gains qualifying for the special rates, but also nonqualified dividends that are not eligible.

    2. Roth conversion produces ordinary income, not capital gain, so it is not eligible for the 0% rate.

    3. Yes, the annual limit for the 0% rate is indexed for inflation. You can find these limits in the tax brackets pages of our Reference Room.

    4. The wash sale rule applies only to losses. If you sell at a gain, that gain will be taxable even if you immediately repurchase identical shares. It doesn’t matter whether the repurchase was at a higher or lower price.


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