One of the primary purposes of the favorable tax treatment of certain investments is to provide an incentive for making these investments. For example, when lower tax rates are allowed for the gains on sales of capital assets, individuals and businesses are more likely to invest in these assets. Even certain small business stock is given favorable tax treatment, if it meets specific criteria.
For this discussion activity, research the tax treatment of income and losses from property investment. Describe your findings and express your opinion on whether this tax treatment would encourage or discourage others from choosing this investment.