Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Gains From Stocks?

If you enjoyed stock market success in 2021, you might owe the IRS. Here's our quick, easy guide to paying taxes on your stock gains.

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2022 might be off to a rough start, but we started this year with the major stock market indices hitting new all-time highs. That was largely built on momentum from 2021, which was profitable year for many investors, including many first-time investors.

But now that we've entered tax season, a great many of them are finding that they have to pay taxes on the wild gains from their stocks.

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Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
Contributing Writer,

Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor based in Dallas, Texas, where he specializes in dividend-focused portfolios and in building alternative allocations with minimal correlation to the stock market.