Tax loss harvesting
Updated over a week ago

M1 does not do tax loss harvesting.

Tax loss harvesting is when an investor sells securities at a loss to counteract a liability. This strategy is sometimes used to reduce the recognition of short-term capital gains.

When you initiate a withdrawal for an amount greater than your cash balance or place a manual sell order of your whole portfolio, our algorithm will identify the most overweight Slices in your Pie first, and sell out of those to bring them closer to their target allocations.

From these identified Slices, tax lots are sold based on our tax minimization strategy which aims to help clients reduce the amount of taxes owed when selling securities. This is accomplished by selling tax lots in the order of lowest to highest tax burden.

Manual sell orders placed on specific Slices will follow the same tax minimization strategy regarding tax lots.

Here is the list from lowest to highest tax burden:

  • Short-term capital loss, from the biggest loss to the smallest.

  • Long-term capital loss, from the biggest loss to the smallest.

  • Short-term zero gain/loss.

  • Long-term zero gain/loss.

  • Long-term capital gains, from the smallest gain to the biggest.

  • Short-term capital gains, from the smallest gain to the biggest.

Please note: Crypto Accounts use FIFO method (first in, first out). With this, the earliest currency purchased will be the first sold. You are unable to use FIFO or LIFO for the rest of your investment accounts.


M1 and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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