# if you get a 5% long term capital gain   what is it based on the value of the stock price?

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• 10 months ago

What you got for the stock when you sold it (proceeds) minus what you paid for it when you bought it (basis).

• Judy
Lv 7
10 months ago

sale price minus basis. Basis is purchase price adjusted for any splits, reinvested dividends you already paid the tax on, and commissions.

• 10 months ago

In simple terms, capital gain is the difference between the current price and the price the stock was bought at.  So a 5% capital gain for a stock means it is now worth 5% more than when it was purchased.  For example if the stock was bought at \$50 and is now worth \$52.50, it has a 5% capital gain.  The capital gain is not "realized" until the stock is actually sold.

"Long term" means that it was purchased more than a year ago.

• Anonymous
10 months ago

Capital gains is the selling price (minus commissions) minus the purchase price (plus commissions).

So if you sell stocks for say \$10000 and it costs you \$50, your net money is \$9950.

If you purchased that same stock for \$7500 and again, you paid \$50, your cost basis is \$7550.

Your capital gains in this case is \$9950 - \$7550 = \$2200.  Your capital gains as a percentage is \$2200 / \$7750 * 100 = 28.4%.