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- UnHarmonized Variables
99999 = N.I.U. (Not in Universe).
99997 = Top Code.
See User Note for an explanation of these codes.
For income tax purposes, CAPGAIN represents the numerical pre-tax capital gain accrued by an individual or tax-filing unit (such as a married couple filing a joint income tax return) over the course of the previous calendar year. A capital gain is a profit resulting from the sale or the increase in value of certain assets classified under federal income tax legislation as capital assets. This includes stocks and other investments, such as investment property. If investments or assets decreased in value, the result is capital loss (CAPLOSS).
CAPGAIN, like other tax-related variables included in the ASEC CPS (ADJGINC, CAPLOSS, EITCRED, FEDRETIR, FEDTAX, FICA, FILESTAT, MARGTAX, STATETAX, and TAXINC) was not determined by direct questioning of respondents. Rather, values for these variables come from the Census Bureau's tax model, which simulates individual tax returns to produce estimates of federal, state, and payroll taxes. The model incorporates information from non-CPS sources, such as the Internal Revenue Service's Statistics of Income series, the American Housing Survey, and the State Tax Handbook. For more information about the model, see Current Population Reports, Series P60-18RD. The IPUMS-CPS staff welcomes further information from users about the interpretation of this variable or other tax-related variables in the ASEC CPS.
CPS discontinued this variable starting in 2010 and on.
Amounts for CAPGAIN are expressed in dollars of the given year, rather than in constant dollars adjusted for inflation. Users can adjust for inflation using Consumer Price Index adjustment factors.
Apart from the effects of inflation, CAPGAIN is largely comparable over time. Comparability may, however, be limited by changes in the Census Bureau's tax model. The Bureau implemented a new model to produce tax estimates in 2004, and the previous tax model was updated annually to account for changes in marginal tax rates.
- Persons age 15+.
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