No. You are not required to file a capital gains tax return if your net long-term capital gains are exempt or below the standard deduction of $250,000.
No. Washington’s capital gains tax does not apply to the sale or exchange of real estate. It does not matter:
No. Washington’s capital gains tax does not apply to transactions through retirement savings accounts. This includes any transactions made through any of the following types of accounts:
Allocation is a way of assigning the long-term capital gain or loss generated by a transaction to a particular jurisdiction.
Allocating long-term capital gains and losses is important because, for example, an individual’s long-term capital gains that are allocated to a location other than Washington are not subject to the Washington capital gains tax.
Long-term capital gains are allocated to Washington as follows:
Exemptions from Washington’s capital gains are based on transactions. This means you may owe capital gains tax on some transactions and not on others.
No. Washington’s capital gains tax only applies to individuals. However, individual owners of entities that are pass-through or disregarded entities for federal tax purposes may owe Washington’s capital gains tax on gains from sales or exchanges made by such entities.
If you report payments for a sale on the installment method for federal tax purposes, you will report the long-term gain the same way for Washington’s capital gains tax. This means as you receive the installment payments.
Note: If the original sale took place before the effective date of Jan. 1, 2022, you do not owe Washington’s capital gains tax on any of the payments you receive.
You will generally owe Washington’s capital gains tax on a sale of cryptocurrency if you hold it for more than one year and you are domiciled in Washington at the time the sale or exchange occurs. Cryptocurrency is considered intangible property for purposes of the capital gains tax.
Many mutual fund distributions are distributions of interest or dividends, which are not subject to Washington’s capital gains tax.
However, if you receive capital gain distributions because the fund manager sold intangible assets that were held for more than one year, you may owe Washington’s capital gains tax. The same is true of capital gain that is retained in the fund and not distributed to you (these amounts are reported on box 1a of form 2439). Capital gain from your mutual fund is reported on Schedule D of your federal tax return and should be included in your Washington capital gains calculation.
No. Short-term losses are not included in the calculation of federal net long-term capital gain and cannot be used to offset long-term capital gain subject to Washington’s capital gains tax.
Washington’s capital gains tax generally applies to the sale or exchange of assets that are held for more than one year. This means you may not owe capital gains tax on the sale or exchange of assets you held for a shorter period.
Please note: If you reported section 1256 contracts based on the canceled interim guidance statement, you may amend your return.
No, losses from a sale or exchange that occurred before the effective date of January 1, 2022, cannot be used to reduce your capital gains tax. You must add back such losses using the Loss carryforward not allocated to Washington line of the tax return.
You will enter the total amount of long-term gains in the Proceeds (sale price) field and leave the Cost or other basis field blank.
No. You may choose to group transactions by type. For example, you may enter a single line item with the description “stock sales.”
Yes. The taxpayer can use their own SAW login to submit a payment through My DOR, or they can initiate a transfer to the department from their bank. Please see our Electronic Payments guide for available payment options.
Payments must be made electronically unless the department has granted an exemption from this requirement. You may incur additional penalties if you do not submit payment electronically.
To claim a refund for overpaid taxes, you must file your capital gains return and provide a copy of your federal tax return. The department cannot issue refunds based on incomplete documentation.