Help me out here. Why are capital gains from investments like the stock market taxed as such a lower rate than salaries?

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The people making the rules have a lot of capital gains?


Basically what Dir1 said. There are plenty of rationalizations, but really it’s so the wealthy can pay less tax.


The folks making up like 95% of the top 1% leverage/lobby against it being higher?

Would you prefer the raise them? The rich will still be rich but the middle class would just be taxed more. Or are you naive enough to think they’d lower income taxes to equalize it.

If you think the “middle class” has capital gains to worry about a raise in the tax, you seriously need to take a deeper look at income and saving levels in this country.

Much of the middle class is lucky if they have a savings account and a 401k.


Because you are also taking risk in equities and contributing to the economy. If it is taxed as cap gains, people may not contribute.

In an overvalued market that relies on central banking to prop it up that argument is simply bullshit though.

Inflation. I can have a long-term capital gain that could have a negative real return. A lower tax schedule is easier than calculating the basis of every investment.

Inflation erodes your gains. You are taxed on gains, but they are not adjusted for inflation. If inflation outpaces your rate of return you’re paying taxes on a loss.


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