Submitted By: William
Answered: November 4, 2014 8:30 am

I sold municipal bonds at a loss this year. Is the loss deductible?

While the interest on municipal bonds is tax free, this doesn’t mean gain or loss on the sale of bonds is excludable from gross income. Gain or loss on the sale of municipal bonds is figured in the same way as for any other asset. What’s more, municipal bonds are includible in a decedent’s gross estate for estate tax purposes.

Tax Glossary

Home equity debt

Debt secured by a principal residence or second home to the extent of the excess of fair market value over acquisition debt. An interest deduction is generally allowed for home equity debt up to $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately).

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