Tax Planning - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Tax Planning

One easy way to maximize your return potential is to minimize taxes. By making tax-smart investment decisions, you can reduce the amount lost to the IRS each year and keep more of your earnings for current or future needs.


1Source: Tax Foundation, 2010

Strategies for cutting taxes

Offset taxable gains with losses

If your advisor recommends it, consider realizing investment losses before year-end to reduce capital gains taxes.

Donate and deduct

When donating an investment to charity, you can generally take a tax deduction for the full market value, meaning you avoid capital gains taxes on any appreciation.

Consider tax-free municipal bond funds

Interest income from municipal bonds is not typically taxed by the federal government or state in which a bond is issued.

Invest for dividends

While interest income is taxed at rates as high as 43.4% (39.6% tax rate plus 3.8% Medicare surtax), taxes on qualified dividends top out at just 23.8% (20% maximum rate plus 3.8% surtax).2

Maximize tax-advantaged accounts

Contribute as much as possible to tax-advantaged accounts for retirement or education. If you're 50 or older, you can make additional catch-up contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs.

Invest for the long term

Investments sold at a profit after more than one year qualify for favorable tax rates as long-term capital gains.

Consult an advisor

A financial professional or tax advisor can tell you if these or other strategies meet your individual needs.

2For investors in the 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% tax brackets the maximum rate is 15% plus, if applicable, the 3.8% Medicare surtax. The tax rate for the two lowest tax brackets, 10% and 15%, the tax rate on qualified dividends is 0%.

Learn more about taxes and your investments

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For more specific information, you can visit, and refer to Publication 17: Your Federal Income Tax. Consult your advisor for helpful tips on building an investment portfolio to meet your tax management needs and other financial goals.

The information above is not intended to provide and should not be relied on for accounting, legal and tax advice or investment recommendations. The views and strategies described may not be suitable to all readers. Please contact your financial professional or tax advisor for additional information.

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