capital gain

noun

Definition of capital gain

: the increase in value of an asset (such as stock or real estate) between the time it is bought and the time it is sold

Examples of capital gain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, oligarchs and their social inventions control, mismanage and exploit a reservoir of user information for their own capital gain, leaving both the platform and user susceptible to attacks and data leaks. Solo Ceesay, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2022 As with the sale of any art investment, that capital gain or loss would be taxed as a collectible. Kelli María Korducki, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 But Janet also has a $20,000 long-term capital gain. Laura Saunders And Richard Rubin, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Second, since the DAF will sell the holdings upon receipt to create a diversified portfolio, the donor avoids having to recognize that capital gain. Megan Gorman, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Lennon, who had been playing skiffly rock and roll with McCartney, Harrison, and an assortment of drummers, pressed Sutcliffe to convert his capital gain into a new bass. The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2022 Holding the currency for one year or less before selling or exchanging it would trigger a short-term capital gain or loss. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2022 By contrast, the tax rate on stock investments ranges from 0 to 15%, depending on whether it is filed as business income or short-term capital gain. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2022 If there are debatable points on your return, such as whether a legal settlements is ordinary or capital gain or if your lawsuit settlement is taxable at all, take the time to get some professional advice. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of capital gain

1921, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2022

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“Capital gain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capital%20gain. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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capital gain

Legal Definition of capital gain

— see gain

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