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Computing Short Term Capital Gains
June 07 , 2012

The Government currently frowns upon shorter tenure investments, and taxes them more. For each type of investment, it has fixed a time horizon to determine whether the investment is short or long term. Any gains coming from investments sold off before this cut-off is called short term capital gains. Of course, no gains are computed until and unless the investment is sold off or moved around.

Short term capital gains, in general

  • Are taxed more
  • Cannot be set off against other long term capital losses
  • Do not benefit from indexation

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