This is a guest post from Rosette Summer. Thanks very much Rosette!
The economy is not exactly what it used to be. Now, you have to think harder before you buy or sell an investment. Then you have income taxes to pay. It is a wise decision to sell investments & pay income taxes before it’s too late. This will help keep you out of debt.
After the recession, the world was literally in chaos. Many people lost their jobs while millions of others had their paychecks slashed to compensate. Years later, when the United States economy started improving, the European markets rapidly deteriorated. It is unfortunate, but that is the world we live in. The economy rapidly changes without warning.
Making an Investment
Investments are small purchases that make us part owner of a business or company. Investments are a source of income for everyone. Whether you invested in stocks or a private business, you will receive a percentage of the income every month, annually or when you sell the investment.
Selling an Investment
With time, the value of your investment will either increase or decrease. If you bought 10,000 of company ABC’s stock at $4 each, each stock may grow and be worth $10 after a year. When you sell the stocks, you will earn a $60,000 profit. However, not everything is rainbows and sunshine when it comes to selling your investment. If you sell the stocks for anything less than $4 each, you could go into debt.
Income tax is a charge placed on your income. Income tax can be regressive, progressive or flat. These are taxes levied on the taxable amount. For example, if a 5% tax is applied on income of $50,000 a year, you will have to pay the government $2500 at the end of the year.
When you earn from your stocks, an income tax is placed on it. This is because you are earning from the tax. However, this needs to be done for a full year before any tax is placed on the income. Many people decide to avoid paying their taxes in hopes of saving some money .These are usually people in debt.
Selling your Investments before it’s Too Late
If you have made a few investments, one of the most important things you can do is to keep an eye on the investment and the company itself. If you hear a rumor that something bad may happen to the company or business you have invested in, it may be a good idea to sell your investment.
If something bad does happen, the value of your investment will drop. If it drops too low, and the company declares bankruptcy, you will lose your investment. You may even go into debt.
Paying your Income Tax before it’s Too Late
One of the worst things you could do is try to evade paying your income tax. Trust me, the IRS (or CRA) will find out and it will not end well if your income tax is found to be high. In fact, most people who face debt try to evade paying their income tax every year. When they are caught, not only are they punished, they still have to pay the income tax, even if they are in debt.
When it comes to your investments, always keep an eye on the company that you have invested in. If you think that something is going to go wrong or that the value of your investment is going to drop significantly, it may be a good idea to sell your investment before it’s too late. The same applies to your income tax. It is better you pay a small amount now than face a plethora of problems later.
About the Author:
This post was exclusively written by Rosette Summer for this site.