Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Pure excitement

Whether a gain or loss is subject to special treatment, as "capital" as opposed to "ordinary," usually is dependent upon (1) whether it arises in a transaction involving a "capital asset," (2) whether the capital asset has been the subject of a "sale or exchange," and (3) how long the taxpayer has "held" the asset. Failure of a transaction to involve a capital asset or a sale or exchange results in ordinary income or an ordinary deduction. However, one should be aler for statutory provisions that may artificially accord capital gain or loss treatment to some transactions which do not actually involve the sale or exchange of a capital asset.1.

1. Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation, Chapter 21A. Capital Gains and Losses. Freeland, Lathrope, Lind, and Stephens. Page 676

3 comments:

Alec said...

ok... not sure what this all was getting to, but I think you may need to stop reading the law books for a minute.... Seriously, though, I wanted to thank you for your insightful post @ 44 south street. I look forward to more comments in the future.

All the best,
Alec

Bookworm said...

Aaagh! His mind has gone over to the law. Glad to see, though, that you've recovered your enthusiasm for the law. Anyone who can get excited about tax law really, really wants to be in law school.

red.hot.mamma! said...

Steve, just because you suffer doesn't mean you have to make the rest of us suffer. I already read this daaaaays ago. I don't need a refresher!