Worst States for Investors With Long-Term Capital Gains

The worst states for investors have high long-term capital gains tax rates that could eat a chunk of your earnings.

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Investing can help you increase your net worth, but capital gains taxes could slow your progress. And the federal capital gains tax isn’t the only thing to worry about. 

Most states also impose taxes on long-term capital gains (typically, gains held for more than one year), some at a higher rate than others. So, you may want to familiarize yourself with these worst states for investors before purchasing that investment property or those high-growth stocks.

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.