Tax Tip of the Day: Investment Expenses

The Internet has taken investing to a whole different level: inexpensive online trading and real-time stock market data have made many of us “armchair investors.” As you actively manage your investments, you will no doubt incur additional expenses. Many of these expenses are deductible investment expenses.

Tax law allows taxpayers to deduct investment expenses if those expenses are ordinary and necessary for the production or collection of income, or for the management, conservation or maintenance of property held for the production of income.

What are investment expenses? Investment expenses are any expenses that you incur as you manage your investments. Some of these expenses are deductible (e.g. professional fees you paid related to investment activities; custodian fees; safe deposit rental; and subscriptions to investment-oriented publications), and some are not (e.g. costs related to tax-exempt securities; trading commissions (these increase the basis of the investment); and certain convention/seminar costs).

Who can deduct investment expenses? Investment expenses can be deducted by most individuals on their personal income tax returns. How these expenses are claimed depends on what type of investor a person is. Generally, investors fall into two categories: casual investor and professional trader.

Casual Investor

This category of investor describes most people actively managing their own investments. Investment expenses (except interest) are claimed on the taxpayer’s return as miscellaneous itemized deductions.

Professional Trader

A professional trader is defined by the courts someone in between a dealer and an investor. A professional trader is a person that conducts trading activity focusing on short-term investments in large volumes on a regular and consistent basis, receives no compensation for his services, and does not have any customers.

 Please contact our office for more information on this subject and how it pertains to your specific tax or financial situation.

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