The 19 Sources of Retirement Income: Capital Gain Income
In this episode, John continues his series on the 19 Sources of Retirement Income. He focuses on the low-taxation income available from long-term capital gains.
Don’t miss John’s key points:
- Just like qualified dividends (income stream #5 in our 19 Sources of Retirement Income guide), income from long-term capital gains is taxed at much lower rates than ordinary income.
- Capital gain income derives from the sale of assets such as stocks, real estate, cars, and boats.
- In order for the sale proceeds to be taxed at the capital gains rate, you must have held the asset for longer than 12 months.
- Capital gain tax rates are the lowest they have been in the history of taxation. Currently they’re at 20%, 15%, or even 0%. (Listen to my podcast on the History of the US Marginal Tax Brackets to find out just how far they’ve fallen.)
- Let’s say you own stocks and are receiving dividends of about 2% on $1 million. If you need more income, you could sell some of the stocks that you’ve owned for longer than one year. Then you could pay that low capital gains tax rather than the ordinary income tax you are paying on your dividends.
- Taking advantage of the current low capital gains tax is an important part of your retirement strategy. But don’t put all your eggs in one basket: You don’t know what future tax rates will be.
For more, including nuances like asset depreciation and appreciation, listen here.
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