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I have shorted an ETF with the symbol TLT. My question relates to the tax treatment of the finance charges dividends, and capital gains and losses. Are the dividends and finances charges fully tax deductible? when I close out the position is the gain or loss short term or long term? TLT represents long term treasury bonds.
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Tax Professional: PDtax, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 2 years ago
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Welcome to the site. I'm PDtax, and will be helping you today. My answer assumes you are not a trader eligible for business treatment of your investment. The interest of investment interest, an itemized deduction, is limited to investment income for deductibility.

Maybe you hold pro shares20 short, which is a mutual fund. It is designed to gain when the treasuries interest rate increases. This fund will pass through gains or losses based on their transactions, and you will have gain or loss on sale based on your holding period.

Thanks for asking at just answer. Positive feedback is appreciated. I'm PDtax.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

you did not answer my questions

Tax Professional: PDtax, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 2 years ago
I did. I know of two ways to short that index, and one was by buying into the fund I mentioned.
If you bought options against the index:
Your financing interest of an itemized deduction, subject to the investment interest limitation.
I don't see capital gains padded through to you if you own options.
Your investment is typically short term capital gain or loss.
You did not mention what your holding period or what you bought.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

I made no mention of options. maybe you should opt out and give someone else a chance

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