http://www.fool.com/taxes/2005/taxes050422.htm?ref=btpHow to Calculate a Holding PeriodBy Roy Lewis (TMF Taxes) April 22, 2005 If you've spent any time reading my tax articles or visiting the Tax Strategies discussion board, you've certainly come across the term "holding period." The holding period of virtually any asset is an important concept that you'll want to understand in order to make smart tax choices. Calculating the length of time you've held an asset is a fundamental component of the tax treatment of capital gains and losses. This is because the capital gain and loss provisions of the Internal Revenue Code distinguish between short-term and long-term gains and losses. Correctly classifying gains and losses is essential to correctly calculating your net capital gains or losses. That's why the holding period is so important...
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