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What's the tax rate on capital gains income?

Capital gains tax rates vary, depending on these:

  • Type of property
  • Holding period of the property
  • Your ordinary income tax bracket

Here’s how the property and your tax bracket influence the capital gains tax rate:

  • Capital gains on property held for one year or less is taxed as ordinary income using your regular tax rate. So, the rate can range from 0% to 35%.
  • Capital gains on property held for longer than one year are taxed at either 0% or 15%. Long-term capital gains are taxed at 0% for taxpayers in the regular tax brackets of 10% or 15%. Long-term capital gains are taxed at 15% for taxpayers in tax brackets higher than 15%.
  • Capital gains on collectible property, like paintings or stamps, are taxed at a rate of 28%.
  • Capital gains on certain business-use real property are taxed at a rate of 25%.

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