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Thanks AJ.
Actually I was just trying to not have any capital gains tax. I wasn't thinking of the ACA subsidy. But now I am!

If I sell the stock giving me a $17K gain, plus the $8K I have already in gains, minus the $15 carry forward, like you said I would have a $10K gain to pay tax on, plus the concern about the ACA subsidy.

So in this scenario it would behoove me to sell another stock at a loss to eradicate the $10K gain. If that loss were $10K (for the sake of argument), that would eliminate any capital gain tax and also would not add to AGI. Correct?

Thanks again.
RB
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