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KiplingerOct 27, 2020
The 2021 Capital Gains Tax Rate Thresholds Are Out - What Rate Will You Pay?
If you sell stocks, mutual funds or other capital assets that you held for at least one year, any gain from the sale is taxed at either a 0%, 15% or 20% rate. Those tax rates for long-term capital gains are typically much lower than the ordinary tax rates you'd otherwise pay, which can be as high as 37%.

SEE MORE IRS Releases Income Tax Brackets for 2021 However, which one of those capital gains rates - 0%, 15% or 20% - applies to you depends on your taxable income. The higher your income, the higher the rate.

The taxable income thresholds for the capital gains tax rates are adjusted each year for inflation. The IRS has already released the 2021 thresholds (see table below), so you can start planning for 2021 capital asset sales now.

2021 Capital Gains Tax Rate Thresholds Capital Gains
Tax Rate

Taxable Income
(Single)

Taxable Income
(Married Filing Separate)

Taxable Income
(Head of Household)

Taxable Income
(Married Filing Jointly)

0%

Up to $40,400

Up to $40,400

Up to $54,100

Up to $80,800

15%

$40,401 to $445,850

$40,401 to $250,800

$54,101 to $473,750

$80,801 to $501,600

20%

Over $445,850

Over $250,800

Over $473,750

Over $501,600

Tax on Net Investment Income There's an additional 3.8% surtax on net investment income (NII)

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