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I think most of us are more interested in dollars in the pocket after taxes as opposed most dollars gain.

I may be wrong here, but I think the appreciation "earned" on zeros is taxable every year and I suspect as orginary income. However if you buy a 30 year bond and with declining interest rates you can have a capital gain. Possibly, you would be better off after paying taxes with the bond as opposed to zero. Don't forget state and local taxes here. In Georgia at least the state income tax keys off AGI.

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