Friday, March 6, 2009

Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

As the old saying goes, there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. While we have yet to find a way to successfully avoid either, there are a few tricks of the trade that can minimize the impact the tax man has on your pocketbook.

After all, nobody likes taxes, but we all have to deal with them, so we might as well handle them in the best way possible. When the end of the year approaches, many investors' thoughts turn to how they can avoid paying tax. (Notice we said avoid, not evade.) Although a lot depends on your personal situation, there are a few simple tax principles that apply to most investors and can help you save money (We also recommend talking to a tax planner.) In this article, we'll look at the tax benefits of making smart investment decisions, writing off expenses, effectively managing your capital gains and more.

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