New IRS Rules for Investors

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by on September 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

If you have a brokerage account, you soon will get a mailing or call about a new tax law that takes effect next year. Don’t ignore this one.

The subject: what you must do now that your broker must report an investment’s cost basis to the Internal Revenue Service after you sell a stock.

Cost basis is an area that is both crucial and confusing to taxpayers. It refers to the price of acquiring an investment, which then becomes the starting point for figuring tax when it is sold. Tracking basis can be complex, especially when there are multiple purchases, splits or dividend reinvestments. Shares in the same investment sold for the same price, for instance, generate different amounts of tax if they have different cost bases.

via Tax Report: New IRS Rules for Investors – WSJ.com.

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