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Tax Questions, Capital Gains & Losses

Nov. 4, 2002

Investors contact the SEC asking about the tax consequences when they sell securities. In particular, investors want to know whether they will have to pay a capital gains tax or can take a capital loss. The SEC does not regulate this area. The Internal Revenue Service does instead. For information about capital gains and losses, go to the website of the IRS.

We have provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.

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