Cannabis investors should take advantage of this annual opportunity – New Cannabis Ventures

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As the end of the year approaches, now is a great time for investors to take action to reduce their short-term tax liability. For cannabis investors, this is especially important this year given the strong acceleration in the sector at the start of the year, followed by falling prices. Those who have recorded gains on the upside but have not recorded losses may have to pay large taxes in early 2022. In addition, more diversified investors with gains from other parts of the market may find themselves in the market. this position. Fortunately, it is not too late to act.

To illustrate what many of our readers may be facing this year, let’s use an example. Suppose an investor bought 1,000 shares of Tilray on December 16 at $ 9.50 after the announcement of the Tilray / Aphria merger. This hypothetical investor didn’t come all the way up, but let’s say she sold $ 29.50 on February 8, realizing a short-term gain of $ 20,000. If this is the only trade she has done, then she will pay tax on the gain at her marginal tax rate. Assuming 24%, this tax will be $ 4,800.

In our example, however, she took most of her proceeds of $ 29,500 and on the same day bought 800 shares of Green Thumb Industries at $ 34, which she continues to hold with an unrealized loss, with the share at $ 20.64, around $ 10,700. By selling all of her GTI, she could reduce her capital gains taxes by more than 50%.

This process of harvesting unrealized losses to reduce a short-term tax liability can be difficult for investors because it is difficult to admit failure. Plus, no one wants to sell what could be the lowest. For this reason, we wanted to share some ideas on how investors in the cannabis industry can take advantage of an abundance of opportunities to realize losses this year.

In order to recognize a loss for tax purposes, an investor must not redeem the same security within 30 days, otherwise it is considered a no-effect sale, unless the investor has elected to use back-to-back accounting. market value. A similar title can be redeemed, however, and this is what we encourage our readers to consider. In our example of the investor now holding GTI, she has a number of options. GTI has four other peers in the same market cap range, and it can simply replace it with one of them. Another idea is that GTI represents 10.8% of the AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis (MSOS) ETF, and it can sell GTI and buy MSOS and probably have relatively similar performance. To get an idea of ​​how close all of these elements are, here is the performance since the end of the first quarter:

This same concept can be applied to other parts of the market. For example, selling a Canadian limited partnership to buy another limited partnership or an ETF with limited partnerships or selling a side share like GrowGeneration to buy one like Hydrofarm (or vice versa) can be a way to stay invested while by reaping the precious tax loss. Many readers who focus solely on the cannabis industry may not have gains but just losses given the market downturn this year. Investors in the United States can deduct up to $ 3,000 each year in capital losses and can carry over excess losses into the future. Therefore, selling at a loss some cannabis stocks can reduce income tax to some extent, even if there are no gains to be offset. The same idea discussed above applies, as there is no need to exit the market. Instead, one has to stay out of the sold stock for 30 days and then can buy it back. For our American readers, the last date to post losses is 12/31, while our Canadian readers will need to do so by 29th.

This content has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon, any tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisers before committing to any transaction.

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Based in Houston, Alan draws on his experience as the founder of the 420 Investor online community, the first and still the largest publicly traded equity-focused due diligence platform in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Prior to focusing on the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as a freelance research analyst after more than two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 on Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 subscribers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source for the media including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alain: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | E-mail

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