This time of year, you might glance at an account statement and see there has been an adjustment. But there may not be any cause for concern.
Many mutual funds in December pay shareholders capital gains distributions that they have accumulated throughout the year.1
Typically, mutual fund companies start making estimates about distributions as early as November and most finalize the payment by mid-December. Unfortunately for us, this can cause undesirable tax consequences.
It’s important to remember that if your mutual fund is in a tax-deferred account—and you are reinvesting distributions—the potential distributions may be a non-event at this time. But you may owe taxes when you begin to sell your holdings.
If your mutual fund is in a taxable account, you may owe 2020 taxes on the distributions. It doesn’t matter whether you reinvested the distribution or accepted payment.
At Epic Capital, we take tax planning very seriously. Tax advantaged investments, tax-deferred growth, and the strategic placement of assets to minimize your yearly tax bill are just some of the actionable strategies that can be employed within the management of your wealth. We advise you on which assets should be utilized first in retirement, when you should harvest a tax-loss or take a capital gain, the tax implications for holding particular investments, and the list goes on.
Most of the larger mutual funds companies have posted information on their websites regarding year-end distributions. But the estimates can be confusing, so please feel free to contact us, we may be able to provide some guidance.
Remember, this is for informational purposes only and is not a replacement for real-life advice. Mutual fund distributions may only be one part of your overall tax situation, so make sure to consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional before modifying your strategy.
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