Capital Gains Report

This article is to help you to read and use the Capital Gains Report.

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Written by David Melbourne
Updated over a week ago

The capital gains report is the report that most regular investors will use to fill in their tax returns.

But how do you use this information on your tax return?

At the top of the capital gains report, you will find the report summary, which will look similar to the above image.

This is a summary of all the capital gains/losses that you have made during the selected tax year.

Short Term Capital Gains

Short Term Capital Gains are calculated on gains that have been made on assets that you have held for a short term period. This threshold will be set to the default period of the country you have chosen and can be changed on the settings page.

Long Term Capital Gains

Long Term Capital Gains are calculated on the gains that had been held by you for longer than your chosen long term threshold. In Australia and the US for example this occurs when the asset is held for more than one year. As mentioned above this threshold can be changed on the settings page.

Total Capital Losses

Total Capital Losses are calculated on transactions that made a loss instead of a gain. This figure can then be used to offset the capital gain.

Net Total Capital Gains

Net Total Capital Gains is just the calculation of short/long term capital gains minus the total capital losses.

short term capital gains + long term capital gains - total capital losses = net total capital gains

Below the summary page, you will get down to the raw data that makes up this report.

This part of the report is called the Short-Term Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, and it will include all the data that makes up the report summary at the top.

Each of these rows will describe an individual capital gains taxable event that has occurred during the selected tax year. The data for these transactions will then be broken down into seven columns:

  • Currency

    The currency that was responsible for the capital gain/loss

  • Bought

    The date and time the asset was purchased.

  • Sold

    The date and time the asset was sold.

  • Quantity

    The amount of the asset that was sold.

  • Cost

    The cost base of an asset is the cost associated with acquiring, holding, and disposal of the asset.

  • Proceeds

    The total cost received or the market value of the asset received at the time of disposal.

  • Gain or Loss

    Proceeds - Cost = whether you have made a gain or a loss on this trade. If the proceeds is greater than the cost, the difference between the two would be equivalent to your capital gains. Otherwise, if the cost is greater than the proceeds of what it was sold for, then this is a capital loss.

Adjusting Long Term Threshold

You can adjust the long term threshold on the Settings page. Go to your profile on the top right of the app -> Settings -> Portfolio & Tax, and you will see the long term threshold section.

The default setting is 12 months. You can choose 'Custom' to customize the threshold. This change might affect your Capital Gains Reports. Keep in mind that you should always consult with your accountant regarding any tax settings.

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