Skip to main content
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 0
Well, it isn't a stupid question, I just know nothing about taxes. I'm a college student and usually my father does them for me.
My question concerns the short term vs. long term capital gains tax. I have less that $10,000 a year in taxable income. Is there that big of a difference between the long term and short term cap gain tax rates? I have been thinking of adopting a more active trading style, and I was wondering if it is worth it as far as additional taxes and commisions go.
Print the post  


In accordance with IRS Circular 230, you cannot use the contents of any post on The Motley Fool's message boards to avoid tax-related penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.