The 4th quarter is here already. If you hold any mutual funds in non-retirement accounts, now is the time to begin checking on “projected capital gain distributions.”
What are projected capital gains distributions?
When mutual funds sell securities for capital gains, they don’t pay taxes on them. Their shareholders do. The funds pass the gains through to shareholders each year through reporting them on Form 1099. For many shareholders, the 1099 gains come as a surprise tax bite. The value of the fund may not have increased at all in the past year, but yet, they still have to pay tax on capital gains.
Why are these important for 2020?
Because of 2020’s roller coaster market ride, many funds are going to show larger-than-normal capital gains, regardless of what happens to their value between October and December. For the funds’ shareholders, that could mean lots of extra taxes. Even if you bought the fund mid-year, you will still get a capital gain distribution.
What To Do About Large Distributions
You can look up your fund’s projected distributions at the fund’s website.
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