Friday, March 16, 2007

Oops! I have a long term capital loss

I just figured out that one of the scrips I hold is in the red and I have crossed one year period of holding it. The scrip over the year had only reached a modest 10% gain which was quickly wiped out by the recent market downturn and add to that we just celebrated one year of ownership! So I was contemplating selling it off and to my dismay I found that I cannot write the loss off against any other gain.

The way I see it, short term losses can be written off against short term gains but long term losses cannot be set off against long term gains since they are not taxable anyway! So it seems I need to just sell it and swallow my loss (and pride :-) )

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Advance tax date is approaching

Well folks the individual advance tax due date is approaching soon. March 15th 2007 is the big day before you pay the last installment of advance tax. Please do so to avoid additional penalty later.

Update : You can pay advance tax online at NSDL website