Green’s 2018 Trader Tax Guide

Use our 2018 guide to receive every trader tax break you’re entitled to on your 2017 tax returns and for planning in 2018 with the new tax law.



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We published the guide Jan. 15, 2018.

Green’s 2018 Trader Tax Guide focuses on active traders’ unique tax needs. Our 2018 guide includes our latest thoughts, tax strategies, pitfalls, tweaks, warnings, and benefits.

This edition discusses the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s impact on investors, traders, and investment managers. Learn various smart moves to make in 2018 to maximize tax benefits under the new tax law. Also, cryptocurrency tax and accounting content are included to help traders navigate through this area.

The guide details tax treatment for equities, futures, 1256 contracts, indexes, options, ETFs, ETNs, forex, precious metals, swaps, and more. Chapters focus on trader tax status, Section 475, accounting for trading gains and losses, tips for preparing tax returns, tax planning, entity solutions, retirement plan strategies, IRS and state tax controversy, traders in tax court, proprietary trading, investment management, international tax matters, Obamacare taxes, short selling, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and cryptocurrencies.

Whether you self-prepare your tax returns or engage a CPA firm, this guide can help you through the process and save you thousands and thousands of dollars. We’ve published our updated trader tax guide every year since 1997, and it remains the gold standard in trader tax. Our motto is be smart, creative, forward-thinking, cutting-edge, and even a bit aggressive, but keep it entirely legal. You deserve excellence in content, ideas, judgment, and decision-making.


Robert A. Green, CPA
Author, Green’s 2018 Trader Tax Guide