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<<I am considering withdrawing $10,000 to help with the downpayment on our first home. To do so, I will have to sell stock held for less than 1 year. Any thoughts out there on whether I should sell losers vs. winners?? Ignore, for now, the companies' prospects and whether the stocks are heading up or down. I am in a high(36%) tax bracket.
If I were to sell losers, would I consider the $10,000 as ordinary income and then deduct the capital loss?>>

Inside an IRA, gains aren't taxable and losses aren't deductible. If you take out $10,000, it's ordinary income, and that's that, regardless of whether you sold winners or losers to make the withdrawal.

Kaye Thomas, author
Fairmark Press Tax Guide for Investors
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