Timing is everything – Avoid the wash sale rule to keep taxes in check
Abstract: As the end of the year approaches, individuals may be in a position to recognize capital losses from sales of securities to offset gains or even some high-taxed ordinary income. However, as this article points out, there’s an obstacle standing in the way of some investors: the wash sale rule. If investors aren’t careful, this rule can result in losses being disallowed. The article offers several strategies that can help, with the caveat that any strategies should reflect an investor’s investment goals, risk tolerance and more. A sidebar offers an example of how the wash sale rule works.