One of the many things year-end in the financial world means is tax loss harvesting.

In this episode of Gimme Some Truth for Expats, Stan Farmer, CFP, J.D., and Syl Michelin, CFA, explore the world of tax loss harvesting, particularly the case of tax loss harvesting for U.S. expats and Americans abroad.

In a sentence, tax loss harvesting simply means selling certain investments at a loss to reduce your tax bill or offset capital gains. Capital gains – either short-term or long-term – come when investments are sold and have appreciated beyond the price at which they were initially purchased. For example, you purchased Apple stock at $40.56 a share in 2018 and sold in 2022 when Apple was at $140.09. 

Stan and Syl delve more into the definition and basic components of tax loss harvesting. They follow with examples and how it applies to U.S. expats and Americans abroad. As is the case with many expat financial topics, tax loss harvesting becomes more complicated when you’re living outside the U.S. And, punctuated by Syl’s laugh about it in the episode, there’s a lot more to tax loss harvesting than meets the eye, which is how this episode ended up as nearly 40 minutes. But it is still an important financial topic for expats to explore. 

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