Mutual Fund Capital Gains Distributions 2022


As mutual fund industry redemptions experience their highest year, many funds sit on embedded capital gains that must be taxed when liquidating. If this fund was held in a taxable account, it will impose a significant tax burden upon liquidation.

Investors with taxable accounts such as IRAs and 401(k) accounts must pay taxes at their total value on dividends and distributions from stocks, especially those held within an IRA or 401(k). This rule mainly applies to equity investments.

Harbor Funds

Harbor Funds is a premier provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Offering expertise across an array of investment strategies and vehicles, an expert team manages its portfolios, and each ETF offers specific advantages, including reduced costs and tax efficiency, as well as access to multiple markets within one product.

Mutual funds must distribute any dividends and capital gains they earned during the prior year to shareholders, with this distribution taxed if reinvested back into additional shares of the fund in taxable accounts; however, investors in tax-advantaged accounts such as IRAs or 401(k) plans do not incur taxes for these distributions.

To avoid paying taxes on their distributions, investors can sell fund shares at a loss before receiving them; however, repurchasing them within 30 days may disallow claiming the loss under a wash sale rule and increase the investor’s cost basis by the amount repurchased, resulting in either lower taxable capital gains or more significant tax losses on future sales of fund shares.

Besides the management expense ratio (MER), a fund’s total gross expense ratio includes other fees and expenses such as sub-transfer agent, administrative, sub-accounting, shareholder servicing fees charged by financial intermediaries for services like providing typical transfer agent services for mutual fund omnibus accounts or offering shareholder service activities that do not fall within its scope; such fees are not considered within its MER.

The GDIV Fund utilizes an active-management, multi-strategy approach to attain its long-term capital appreciation investment objective. Its managers seek opportunities in innovative companies in secular growth sectors with solid management. As of December 2010, its portfolio comprised about 10 percent of technology, consumer, and healthcare stocks; these included Apple and Amazon, among its best performers during 2010.


Capital gains distributions differ from regular mutual fund distributions in that they must be reported on your tax return as income. However, reinvested capital gains count towards your cost basis and can reduce taxes in future sales, potentially decreasing future liability. Taxable investors may wish to reinvest capital gains distributions or sell before 2022 to avoid paying for tax.

BlackRock funds typically expect to make moderate capital gains distributions. However, some anticipate larger payments, such as BlackRock Tactical Opportunities PCBAX, which has an expected payout of 5%; Columbia Threadneedle value-oriented strategies also may have modest capital gain anticipated distributions.

Franklin Templeton funds may also make substantial distributions this December. Many are projected to make distributions in the mid-to-high single-digit range consisting entirely of long-term capital gains; American Funds American Growth AMRMX may make its largest payout at nearly 9% while its Income Fund of America AMECX and Global Growth Portfolio PGGAX portfolios each will produce approximately 4.5% distributions.

Many TIAA-CREF funds will also distribute significant sums in December. Most distributions come from value and blend-oriented strategies; however, several sector funds may also make substantial payouts. Gold-rated TIAA-CREF Growth & Income TIGRX may make up to 10% capital gains distribution, while Bronze-rated PRMTX Communications & Technology will likely distribute 19%.

TIAA-CREF’s real estate and balanced options strategies will likely generate substantial distributions this year, with real estate funds probably making larger payouts while balance options could provide smaller ones.

A fund’s total gross expense ratio measures the percentage of its net assets paid out for operating expenses and management fees, excluding brokerage costs, fee waivers, and investor sales charges. Data will generally be reported with two decimal places but may also be presented using three decimal places when available.


AB Fund Company offers clients worldwide a diverse array of investment strategies. Their funds cover equity, fixed income, and alternative investments; actively managed funds, as well as exchange-traded funds (ETFs), are offered; additionally, advisory services are also provided by this firm.

This company is well-positioned for expansion, boasting strong asset management skills and an innovative culture fostering creativity. They have earned their place among some of the leading organizations and individuals around the globe, such as sovereign wealth funds, private banks, pension funds, and insurance companies as a trusted partner.

ETFs allow investors easy access to its funds, making reinvestment of distributions possible and desirable; cost-basis step-ups benefit those reinvesting capital gains distributions as they reduce tax payments when selling later on. But before making an investment decision with expected capital gains distributions in mind, investors should consult a tax advisor first.

Funds held for longer than a year will be subject to the more advantageous long-term capital gains rate, which applies to mutual funds and ETFs that distribute earnings directly to shareholders. Taxable brokerage and retirement account investors will pay taxes on these earnings when received;

Many AB funds anticipate making substantial capital gains distributions in December. Value and blend-oriented strategies such as Fidelity Contrafund FCNTX and Gold-rated Fidelity SAI Real Estate FESIX may make gains distributions of over 5%; several Franklin Templeton funds also expect to make moderate distributions.

Although most Vanguard funds are expected to make modest distributions this year, certain funds have experienced severe losses and may need to sell some assets to meet redemption demands. Vanguard Global Equity VHGEX may distribute up to 8% in capital gains this year, with any profits likely reinvested into its portfolio.


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Investors may wish to consider adding funds that offer significant distributions in 2022, such as Harbor Funds and Invesco funds with double-digit returns, while BlackRock’s active strategies offer lower distributions.

Harbor Funds’ value-oriented funds will make sizable distributions in December. Gold-rated mid-cap value strategy HAMVX and Bronze-rated small-cap growth HASGX will pay approximately 5%; other harbor funds, like Harbor Global Leaders HGGAX, will have lower distributions.

BlackRock’s actively managed strategies are projected to make modest distributions this year, with BlackRock Tactical Opportunities PCBAX expected to distribute at over 5% and BlackRock Small Cap Growth Fund LSCGX expected to produce high single-digit distributions. Columbia Threadneedle’s value-oriented strategies should see more moderate distributions; Columbia Seligman Technology & Information Fund SLMCX may reach 8%, while Colombia Integrated Large Cap Growth Fund ILGFX could potentially have low double digits distributions.

Nuveen’s blend- and value-oriented strategies will release sizable distributions in December. Their Silver-rated global large-blend fund Global Equity MWEBX should make near double-digit distributions; their Bronze-rated international intrinsic value fund MFS International Intrinsic Value MTCAX should produce a low double-digit payout.

Mutual funds that distribute a portion of their net investment income and capital gains to shareholders must submit tax forms detailing those distributions to their shareholders in late January/early February for federal and state income tax filing purposes. How taxes apply depends upon where the fund operates and any state/local taxes levied against it.