How to Calculate a Tax Holding Period for Stock Investments

Charlene Rhinehart, CPA, The Motley Fool
·4-min read
How to Calculate a Tax Holding Period for Stock Investments

The stock market provides investors with a great opportunity, but if you don't understand how holding periods work, you may also give up a lot of your gains through taxes. The holding period is the amount of time you've owned a stock, and this time frame can be the difference between paying no taxes or giving up thousands of dollars to the IRS.