<#if page.ID == "About"> In This Section
<#else> View Our Practice Areas

Avoiding The 2013 Capital Gains Gotcha


Last year's historically low capital gains tax rate of 15% is, well, history, but there are still ways around the new higher rates that went into effect Jan. 1. The 15% top capital gains tax rate went up to 20%. High income earners have to tack on another 3.8% (the net investment income surtax). Look at this before year-end if you want to avoid a surprise capital gains tax bill when you file your tax return next April.

Did you know there's a new tax bite effective January 1, 2013? For example, unless you have been paying close attention to capital gains and your expected tax hit for 2013, then you might not realize the pain until tax season. For those in the know, however, there is still time to beat the capital gains tax in 2013 and beyond.

For some ideas to consider before it is too late, take a look at a recent Forbes article titled "How To Beat The Big 2013 Capital Gains Tax Hike."

The Great Capital Gains Tax Hike of 2013 was essentially the double-pronged effect of the eclipse of certain tax cuts mixed with a brand new surtax. More specifically, the gains tax was allowed to bounce from 15% to 20%, and Obamacare added to the pain with a new 3.8% surtax to high earners. If you are doing the math, then that equates to a new rate of 23.8% for many (a near 60% increase from the year then ended).

So how do you beat it?

Here are 11 strategies to consider, according to Forbes:

  1. Invest in your primary residence.
  2. Manage your tax bracket.
  3. Harvest losses.
  4. Gifts to family members.
  5. Gifts to charity.
  6. Feed retirement accounts.
  7. Open a 529 college savings account.
  8. Buy and hold.
  9. Move to a tax-friendlier state.

10. 1030 exchanges.

11. Charitable trusts.

Each of these strategies has merit.

Nevertheless, the key is to evaluate them (and others) with your professional advisors in the context of your medium and short-term financial and estate planning goals.

The tax "tail" should never automatically control the planning "dog."

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Find Out The Difference That Experience And Expertise Makes

Get the peace of mind that you deserve. First, attend a seminar. This will entitle you to a free initial consultation and a discounted estate planning fee. To learn more about our services or sign up for a seminar, contact us online or call us at 866-402-1805. We have offices in Torrance, Orange, Newport Beach, Pasadena and Woodland Hills.

Questions? Contact Us.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Call Now For A Free Consultation: 866-402-1805
  • ${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
  • Main Office: Torrance

    Torrance Office
    990 West 190th Street
    Suite 500
    Torrance, CA 90502

    Toll Free: 866-402-1805
    Map & Directions

    Orange Office
    333 City Boulevard West
    17th Floor
    Orange, CA 92660

    Toll Free: 866-402-1805
    Map & Directions

    Newport Beach Office
    5000 Birch Street
    Suite 8000
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Toll Free: 866-402-1805
    Map & Directions

    Pasadena Office
    790 East Colorado Boulevard
    9th Floor
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    Toll Free: 866-402-1805
    Map & Directions

    Woodland Hills Office
    5850 Canoga Avenue
    4th Floor
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367

    Toll Free: 866-402-1805
    Map & Directions

    Office map