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Irs gov freefilefillableforms 4. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Sales and Trades of Investment Property Table of Contents IntroductionNominees. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Is a Sale or Trade?Dividend versus sale or trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Worthless Securities Constructive Sales of Appreciated Financial Positions Section 1256 Contracts Marked to Market Basis of Investment PropertyCost Basis Basis Other Than Cost Adjusted Basis Stocks and Bonds How To Figure Gain or LossFair market value. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Debt paid off. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Payment of cash. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Special Rules for Mutual Funds Nontaxable TradesLike-Kind Exchanges Corporate Stocks Exchange of Shares In One Mutual Fund For Shares In Another Mutual Fund Insurance Policies and Annuities U. Irs gov freefilefillableforms S. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Treasury Notes or Bonds Transfers Between Spouses Related Party TransactionsGain on Sale or Trade of Depreciable Property Capital Gains and LossesCapital or Ordinary Gain or Loss Holding Period Nonbusiness Bad Debts Short Sales Wash Sales Options Straddles Sales of Stock to ESOPs or Certain Cooperatives Rollover of Gain From Publicly Traded Securities Gains on Qualified Small Business Stock Exclusion of Gain From DC Zone Assets Reporting Capital Gains and LossesException 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Exception 2. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Section 1256 contracts and straddles. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Market discount bonds. Irs gov freefilefillableforms File Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S with the IRS. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Capital Losses Capital Gain Tax Rates Special Rules for Traders in SecuritiesHow To Report Introduction This chapter explains the tax treatment of sales and trades of investment property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Investment property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is property that produces investment income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Examples include stocks, bonds, and Treasury bills and notes. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property used in a trade or business is not investment property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Form 1099-B. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you sold property such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or certain commodities through a broker during the year, you should receive, for each sale, a Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions, or substitute statement, from the broker. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You should receive the statement by February 15 of the next year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms It will show the gross proceeds from the sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The IRS will also get a copy of Form 1099-B from the broker. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Use Form 1099-B (or substitute statement received from your broker) to complete Form 8949. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you sold a covered security in 2013, your broker will send you a Form 1099-B (or substitute statement) that shows your basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This will help you complete Form 8949. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Generally, a covered security is a security you acquired after 2010, with certain exceptions explained in the Instructions for Form 8949. Irs gov freefilefillableforms    For more information on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040), see Reporting Capital Gains and Losses in this chapter. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Also see the Instructions for Form 8949 and the Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Nominees. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If someone receives gross proceeds as a nominee for you, that person will give you a Form 1099-B, which will show gross proceeds received on your behalf. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you receive a Form 1099-B that includes gross proceeds belonging to another person, see Nominees , later under Reporting Capital Gains and Losses for more information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Other property transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Certain transfers of property are discussed in other IRS publications. Irs gov freefilefillableforms These include: Sale of your main home, discussed in Publication 523, Selling Your Home; Installment sales, covered in Publication 537; Various types of transactions involving business property, discussed in Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets; Transfers of property at death, covered in Publication 559; and Disposition of an interest in a passive activity, discussed in Publication 925. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Topics - This chapter discusses: What Is a Sale or Trade? , Basis of Investment Property , Adjusted Basis , How To Figure Gain or Loss , Nontaxable trades , Transfers Between Spouses , Related Party Transactions , Capital Gains and Losses , Reporting Capital Gains and Losses , and Special Rules for Traders in Securities . Irs gov freefilefillableforms Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 551 Basis of Assets Form (and Instructions) Schedule D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses 6781 Gains and Losses From Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations 8824 Like-Kind Exchanges 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. Irs gov freefilefillableforms What Is a Sale or Trade? This section explains what is a sale or trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms It also explains certain transactions and events that are treated as sales or trades. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A sale is generally a transfer of property for money or a mortgage, note, or other promise to pay money. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A trade is a transfer of property for other property or services, and may be taxed in the same way as a sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Sale and purchase. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Ordinarily, a transaction is not a trade when you voluntarily sell property for cash and immediately buy similar property to replace it. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The sale and purchase are two separate transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms But see Like-Kind Exchanges under Nontaxable Trades, later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Redemption of stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A redemption of stock is treated as a sale or trade and is subject to the capital gain or loss provisions unless the redemption is a dividend or other distribution on stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Dividend versus sale or trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Whether a redemption is treated as a sale, trade, dividend, or other distribution depends on the circumstances in each case. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Both direct and indirect ownership of stock will be considered. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The redemption is treated as a sale or trade of stock if: The redemption is not essentially equivalent to a dividend — see Dividends and Other Distributions in chapter 1, There is a substantially disproportionate redemption of stock, There is a complete redemption of all the stock of the corporation owned by the shareholder, or The redemption is a distribution in partial liquidation of a corporation. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Redemption or retirement of bonds. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A redemption or retirement of bonds or notes at their maturity generally is treated as a sale or trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Stocks, stock rights, and bonds and Discounted Debt Instruments under Capital or Ordinary Gain or Loss, later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   In addition, a significant modification of a bond is treated as a trade of the original bond for a new bond. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For details, see Regulations section 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 1001-3. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Surrender of stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A surrender of stock by a dominant shareholder who retains ownership of more than half of the corporation's voting shares is treated as a contribution to capital rather than as an immediate loss deductible from taxable income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The surrendering shareholder must reallocate his or her basis in the surrendered shares to the shares he or she retains. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Trade of investment property for an annuity. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The transfer of investment property to a corporation, trust, fund, foundation, or other organization, in exchange for a fixed annuity contract that will make guaranteed annual payments to you for life, is a taxable trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the present value of the annuity is more than your basis in the property traded, you have a taxable gain in the year of the trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Figure the present value of the annuity according to factors used by commercial insurance companies issuing annuities. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Transfer by inheritance. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The transfer of property of a decedent to the executor or administrator of the estate, or to the heirs or beneficiaries, is not a sale or other disposition. Irs gov freefilefillableforms No taxable gain or deductible loss results from the transfer. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Termination of certain rights and obligations. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The cancellation, lapse, expiration, or other termination of a right or obligation (other than a securities futures contract) with respect to property that is a capital asset (or that would be a capital asset if you acquired it) is treated as a sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Any gain or loss is treated as a capital gain or loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This rule does not apply to the retirement of a debt instrument. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Redemption or retirement of bonds , earlier. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Worthless Securities Stocks, stock rights, and bonds (other than those held for sale by a securities dealer) that became completely worthless during the tax year are treated as though they were sold on the last day of the tax year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This affects whether your capital loss is long term or short term. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Holding Period , later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Worthless securities also include securities that you abandon after March 12, 2008. Irs gov freefilefillableforms To abandon a security, you must permanently surrender and relinquish all rights in the security and receive no consideration in exchange for it. Irs gov freefilefillableforms All the facts and circumstances determine whether the transaction is properly characterized as an abandonment or other type of transaction, such as an actual sale or exchange, contribution to capital, dividend, or gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you are a cash basis taxpayer and make payments on a negotiable promissory note that you issued for stock that became worthless, you can deduct these payments as losses in the years you actually make the payments. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Do not deduct them in the year the stock became worthless. Irs gov freefilefillableforms How to report loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Report worthless securities in Form 8949, Part I or Part II, whichever applies. Irs gov freefilefillableforms    Report your worthless securities transactions on Form 8949 with the correct box checked for these transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Form 8949 and the Instructions for Form 8949. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Filing a claim for refund. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you do not claim a loss for a worthless security on your original return for the year it becomes worthless, you can file a claim for a credit or refund due to the loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must use Form 1040X, Amended U. Irs gov freefilefillableforms S. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Individual Income Tax Return, to amend your return for the year the security became worthless. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must file it within 7 years from the date your original return for that year had to be filed, or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms (Claims not due to worthless securities or bad debts generally must be filed within 3 years from the date a return is filed, or 2 years from the date the tax is paid, whichever is later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms ) For more information about filing a claim, see Publication 556. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Constructive Sales of Appreciated Financial Positions You are treated as having made a constructive sale when you enter into certain transactions involving an appreciated financial position (defined later) in stock, a partnership interest, or certain debt instruments. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must recognize gain as if the position were disposed of at its fair market value on the date of the constructive sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This gives you a new holding period for the position that begins on the date of the constructive sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Then, when you close the transaction, you reduce your gain (or increase your loss) by the gain recognized on the constructive sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Constructive sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You are treated as having made a constructive sale of an appreciated financial position if you: Enter into a short sale of the same or substantially identical property, Enter into an offsetting notional principal contract relating to the same or substantially identical property, Enter into a futures or forward contract to deliver the same or substantially identical property (including a forward contract that provides for cash settlement), or Acquire the same or substantially identical property (if the appreciated financial position is a short sale, an offsetting notional principal contract, or a futures or forward contract). Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You are also treated as having made a constructive sale of an appreciated financial position if a person related to you enters into a transaction described above with a view toward avoiding the constructive sale treatment. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For this purpose, a related person is any related party described under Related Party Transactions , later in this chapter. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Exception for nonmarketable securities. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You are not treated as having made a constructive sale solely because you entered into a contract for sale of any stock, debt instrument, or partnership interest that is not a marketable security if it settles within 1 year of the date you enter into it. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Exception for certain closed transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Do not treat a transaction as a constructive sale if all of the following are true. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You closed the transaction on or before the 30th day after the end of your tax year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You held the appreciated financial position throughout the 60-day period beginning on the date you closed the transaction. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your risk of loss was not reduced at any time during that 60-day period by holding certain other positions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If a closed transaction is reestablished in a substantially similar position during the 60-day period beginning on the date the first transaction was closed, this exception still applies if the reestablished position is closed before the 30th day after the end of your tax year in which the first transaction was closed and, after that closing, (2) and (3) above are true. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This exception also applies to successive short sales of an entire appreciated financial position. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For more information, see Revenue Ruling 2003-1 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2003-3. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This bulletin is available at www. Irs gov freefilefillableforms irs. Irs gov freefilefillableforms gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb03-03. Irs gov freefilefillableforms pdf. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Appreciated financial position. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is any interest in stock, a partnership interest, or a debt instrument (including a futures or forward contract, a short sale, or an option) if disposing of the interest would result in a gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Exceptions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   An appreciated financial position does not include the following. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Any position from which all of the appreciation is accounted for under marked-to-market rules, including section 1256 contracts (described later under Section 1256 Contracts Marked to Market ). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Any position in a debt instrument if: The position unconditionally entitles the holder to receive a specified principal amount, The interest payments (or other similar amounts) with respect to the position are payable at a fixed rate or a variable rate described in Regulations section 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 860G-1(a)(3), and The position is not convertible, either directly or indirectly, into stock of the issuer (or any related person). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Any hedge with respect to a position described in (2). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Certain trust instruments treated as stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   For the constructive sale rules, an interest in an actively traded trust is treated as stock unless substantially all of the value of the property held by the trust is debt that qualifies for the exception to the definition of an appreciated financial position (explained in (2) above). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Sale of appreciated financial position. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A transaction treated as a constructive sale of an appreciated financial position is not treated as a constructive sale of any other appreciated financial position, as long as you continue to hold the original position. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, if you hold another appreciated financial position and dispose of the original position before closing the transaction that resulted in the constructive sale, you are treated as if, at the same time, you constructively sold the other appreciated financial position. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Section 1256 Contracts Marked to Market If you hold a section 1256 contract at the end of the tax year, you generally must treat it as sold at its fair market value on the last business day of the tax year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Section 1256 Contract A section 1256 contract is any: Regulated futures contract, Foreign currency contract, Nonequity option, Dealer equity option, or Dealer securities futures contract. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Exceptions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A section 1256 contract does not include: Interest rate swaps, Currency swaps, Basis swaps, Interest rate caps, Interest rate floors, Commodity swaps, Equity swaps, Equity index swaps, Credit default swaps, or Similar agreements. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For more details, including definitions of these terms, see section 1256. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Regulated futures contract. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is a contract that: Provides that amounts which must be deposited to, or can be withdrawn from, your margin account depend on daily market conditions (a system of marking to market), and Is traded on, or subject to the rules of, a qualified board of exchange. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A qualified board of exchange is a domestic board of trade designated as a contract market by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, any board of trade or exchange approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, or a national securities exchange registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Foreign currency contract. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is a contract that: Requires delivery of a foreign currency that has positions traded through regulated futures contracts (or settlement of which depends on the value of that type of foreign currency), Is traded in the interbank market, and Is entered into at arm's length at a price determined by reference to the price in the interbank market. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Bank forward contracts with maturity dates longer than the maturities ordinarily available for regulated futures contracts are considered to meet the definition of a foreign currency contract if the above three conditions are satisfied. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Special rules apply to certain foreign currency transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms These transactions may result in ordinary gain or loss treatment. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 988 and Regulations sections 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 988-1(a)(7) and 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 988-3. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Nonequity option. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is any listed option (defined later) that is not an equity option. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Nonequity options include debt options, commodity futures options, currency options, and broad-based stock index options. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A broad-based stock index is based on the value of a group of diversified stocks or securities (such as the Standard and Poor's 500 index). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Warrants based on a stock index that are economically, substantially identical in all material respects to options based on a stock index are treated as options based on a stock index. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Cash-settled options. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Cash-settled options based on a stock index and either traded on or subject to the rules of a qualified board of exchange are nonequity options if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) determines that the stock index is broad based. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This rule does not apply to options established before the SEC determines that the stock index is broad based. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Listed option. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is any option traded on, or subject to the rules of, a qualified board or exchange (as discussed earlier under Regulated futures contract). Irs gov freefilefillableforms A listed option, however, does not include an option that is a right to acquire stock from the issuer. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Dealer equity option. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is any listed option that, for an options dealer: Is an equity option, Is bought or granted by that dealer in the normal course of the dealer's business activity of dealing in options, and Is listed on the qualified board of exchange where that dealer is registered. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   An “options dealer” is any person registered with an appropriate national securities exchange as a market maker or specialist in listed options. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Equity option. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is any option: To buy or sell stock, or That is valued directly or indirectly by reference to any stock or narrow-based security index. Irs gov freefilefillableforms  Equity options include options on a group of stocks only if the group is a narrow-based stock index. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Dealer securities futures contract. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   For any dealer in securities futures contracts or options on those contracts, this is a securities futures contract (or option on such a contract) that: Is entered into by the dealer (or, in the case of an option, is purchased or granted by the dealer) in the normal course of the dealer's activity of dealing in this type of contract (or option), and Is traded on a qualified board or exchange (as defined under Regulated futures contract , earlier). Irs gov freefilefillableforms A securities futures contract that is not a dealer securities futures contract is treated as described later under Securities Futures Contracts . Irs gov freefilefillableforms Marked-to-Market Rules A section 1256 contract that you hold at the end of the tax year will generally be treated as sold at its fair market value on the last business day of the tax year, and you must recognize any gain or loss that results. Irs gov freefilefillableforms That gain or loss is taken into account in figuring your gain or loss when you later dispose of the contract, as shown in the example under 60/40 rule, below. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Hedging exception. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The marked-to-market rules do not apply to hedging transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Hedging Transactions , later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 60/40 rule. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Under the marked-to-market system, 60% of your capital gain or loss will be treated as a long-term capital gain or loss, and 40% will be treated as a short-term capital gain or loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This is true regardless of how long you actually held the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms On June 22, 2012, you bought a regulated futures contract for $50,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms On December 31, 2012 (the last business day of your tax year), the fair market value of the contract was $57,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You recognized a $7,000 gain on your 2012 tax return, treated as 60% long-term and 40% short-term capital gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms On February 1, 2013, you sold the contract for $56,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Because you recognized a $7,000 gain on your 2012 return, you recognize a $1,000 loss ($57,000 − $56,000) on your 2013 tax return, treated as 60% long-term and 40% short-term capital loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Limited partners or entrepreneurs. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The 60/40 rule does not apply to dealer equity options or dealer securities futures contracts that result in capital gain or loss allocable to limited partners or limited entrepreneurs (defined later under Hedging Transactions ). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Instead, these gains or losses are treated as short term. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Terminations and transfers. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The marked-to-market rules also apply if your obligation or rights under section 1256 contracts are terminated or transferred during the tax year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In this case, use the fair market value of each section 1256 contract at the time of termination or transfer to determine the gain or loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Terminations or transfers may result from any offsetting, delivery, exercise, assignment, or lapse of your obligation or rights under section 1256 contracts. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Loss carryback election. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   An individual having a net section 1256 contracts loss (defined later), generally can elect to carry this loss back 3 years instead of carrying it over to the next year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See How To Report , later, for information about reporting this election on your return. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The loss carried back to any year under this election cannot be more than the net section 1256 contracts gain in that year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In addition, the amount of loss carried back to an earlier tax year cannot increase or produce a net operating loss for that year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The loss is carried to the earliest carryback year first, and any unabsorbed loss amount can then be carried to each of the next 2 tax years. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In each carryback year, treat 60% of the carryback amount as a long-term capital loss and 40% as a short-term capital loss from section 1256 contracts. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If only a portion of the net section 1256 contracts loss is absorbed by carrying the loss back, the unabsorbed portion can be carried forward, under the capital loss carryover rules, to the year following the loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms (See Capital Losses under Reporting Capital Gains and Losses, later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms ) Figure your capital loss carryover as if, for the loss year, you had an additional short-term capital gain of 40% of the amount of net section 1256 contracts loss absorbed in the carryback years and an additional long-term capital gain of 60% of the absorbed loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In the carryover year, treat any capital loss carryover from losses on section 1256 contracts as if it were a loss from section 1256 contracts for that year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Net section 1256 contracts loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This loss is the lesser of: The net capital loss for your tax year determined by taking into account only the gains and losses from section 1256 contracts, or The capital loss carryover to the next tax year determined without this election. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Net section 1256 contracts gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This gain is the lesser of: The capital gain net income for the carryback year determined by taking into account only gains and losses from section 1256 contracts, or The capital gain net income for that year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms  Figure your net section 1256 contracts gain for any carryback year without regard to the net section 1256 contracts loss for the loss year or any later tax year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Traders in section 1256 contracts. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Gain or loss from the trading of section 1256 contracts is capital gain or loss subject to the marked-to-market rules. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, this does not apply to contracts held for purposes of hedging property if any loss from the property would be an ordinary loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Treatment of underlying property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The determination of whether an individual's gain or loss from any property is ordinary or capital gain or loss is made without regard to the fact that the individual is actively engaged in dealing in or trading section 1256 contracts related to that property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms How To Report If you disposed of regulated futures or foreign currency contracts in 2013 (or had unrealized profit or loss on these contracts that were open at the end of 2012 or 2013), you should receive Form 1099-B, or substitute statement, from your broker. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Form 6781. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Use Part I of Form 6781 to report your gains and losses from all section 1256 contracts that are open at the end of the year or that were closed out during the year. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This includes the amount shown in box 10 of Form 1099-B. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Then enter the net amount of these gains and losses on Schedule D (Form 1040), line 4 or line 11, as appropriate. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Include a copy of Form 6781 with your income tax return. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the Form 1099-B you receive includes a straddle or hedging transaction, defined later, it may be necessary to show certain adjustments on Form 6781. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Follow the Form 6781 instructions for completing Part I. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Loss carryback election. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   To carry back your loss under the election procedures described earlier, file Form 1040X or Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund, for the year to which you are carrying the loss with an amended Form 6781 and an amended Schedule D (Form 1040) attached. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Follow the instructions for completing Form 6781 for the loss year to make this election. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Hedging Transactions The marked-to-market rules, described earlier, do not apply to hedging transactions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A transaction is a hedging transaction if both of the following conditions are met. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You entered into the transaction in the normal course of your trade or business primarily to manage the risk of: Price changes or currency fluctuations on ordinary property you hold (or will hold), or Interest rate or price changes, or currency fluctuations, on your current or future borrowings or ordinary obligations. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You clearly identified the transaction as being a hedging transaction before the close of the day on which you entered into it. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This hedging transaction exception does not apply to transactions entered into by or for any syndicate. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A syndicate is a partnership, S corporation, or other entity (other than a regular corporation) that allocates more than 35% of its losses to limited partners or limited entrepreneurs. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A limited entrepreneur is a person who has an interest in an enterprise (but not as a limited partner) and who does not actively participate in its management. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, an interest is not considered held by a limited partner or entrepreneur if the interest holder actively participates (or did so for at least 5 full years) in the management of the entity, or is the spouse, child (including a legally adopted child), grandchild, or parent of an individual who actively participates in the management of the entity. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Hedging loss limit. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you are a limited partner or entrepreneur in a syndicate, the amount of a hedging loss you can claim is limited. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A “hedging loss” is the amount by which the allowable deductions in a tax year that resulted from a hedging transaction (determined without regard to the limit) are more than the income received or accrued during the tax year from this transaction. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Any hedging loss allocated to you for the tax year is limited to your taxable income for that year from the trade or business in which the hedging transaction occurred. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Ignore any hedging transaction items in determining this taxable income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you have a hedging loss that is disallowed because of this limit, you can carry it over to the next tax year as a deduction resulting from a hedging transaction. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the hedging transaction relates to property other than stock or securities, the limit on hedging losses applies if the limited partner or entrepreneur is an individual. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The limit on hedging losses does not apply to any hedging loss to the extent that it is more than all your unrecognized gains from hedging transactions at the end of the tax year that are from the trade or business in which the hedging transaction occurred. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The term “unrecognized gain” has the same meaning as defined under Loss Deferral Rules in Straddles, later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Sale of property used in a hedge. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Once you identify personal property as being part of a hedging transaction, you must treat gain from its sale or exchange as ordinary income, not capital gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Self-Employment Income Gains and losses derived in the ordinary course of a commodity or option dealer's trading in section 1256 contracts and property related to these contracts are included in net earnings from self-employment. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). Irs gov freefilefillableforms In addition, the rules relating to contributions to self-employment retirement plans apply. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For information on retirement plan contributions, see Publication 560 and Publication 590. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Basis of Investment Property Basis is a way of measuring your investment in property for tax purposes. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must know the basis of your property to determine whether you have a gain or loss on its sale or other disposition. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Investment property you buy normally has an original basis equal to its cost. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you get property in some way other than buying it, such as by gift or inheritance, its fair market value may be important in figuring the basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, or other property or services. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Unstated interest. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you buy property on a time-payment plan that charges little or no interest, the basis of your property is your stated purchase price, minus the amount considered to be unstated interest. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Basis Other Than Cost There are times when you must use a basis other than cost. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In these cases, you may need to know the property's fair market value or the adjusted basis of the previous owner. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Fair market value. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is the price at which the property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither being forced to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Sales of similar property, around the same date, may be helpful in figuring fair market value. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property Received for Services If you receive investment property for services, you must include the property's fair market value in income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The amount you include in income then becomes your basis in the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the services were performed for a price that was agreed to beforehand, this price will be accepted as the fair market value of the property if there is no evidence to the contrary. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Restricted property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you receive, as payment for services, property that is subject to certain restrictions, your basis in the property generally is its fair market value when it becomes substantially vested. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property becomes substantially vested when it is transferable or is no longer subject to substantial risk of forfeiture, whichever happens first. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Restricted Property in Publication 525 for more information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Bargain purchases. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you buy investment property at less than fair market value, as payment for services, you must include the difference in income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis in the property is the price you pay plus the amount you include in income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property Received in Taxable Trades If you received investment property in trade for other property, the basis of the new property is its fair market value at the time of the trade unless you received the property in a nontaxable trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You trade A Company stock for B Company stock having a fair market value of $1,200. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the adjusted basis of the A Company stock is less than $1,200, you have a taxable gain on the trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the adjusted basis of the A Company stock is more than $1,200, you have a deductible loss on the trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The basis of your B Company stock is $1,200. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you later sell the B Company stock for $1,300, you will have a gain of $100. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property Received in Nontaxable Trades If you have a nontaxable trade, you do not recognize gain or loss until you dispose of the property you received in the trade. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Nontaxable Trades , later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The basis of property you received in a nontaxable or partly nontaxable trade is generally the same as the adjusted basis of the property you gave up. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Increase this amount by any cash you paid, additional costs you had, and any gain recognized. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Reduce this amount by any cash or unlike property you received, any loss recognized, and any liability of yours that was assumed or treated as assumed. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property Received From Your Spouse If property is transferred to you from your spouse (or former spouse, if the transfer is incident to your divorce), your basis is the same as your spouse's or former spouse's adjusted basis just before the transfer. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Transfers Between Spouses , later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Recordkeeping. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The transferor must give you the records necessary to determine the adjusted basis and holding period of the property as of the date of the transfer. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property Received as a Gift To figure your basis in property that you received as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis to the donor just before it was given to you, its fair market value at the time it was given to you, the amount of any gift tax paid on it, and the date it was given to you. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Fair market value less than donor's adjusted basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the fair market value of the property at the time of the gift was less than the donor's adjusted basis just before the gift, your basis for gain on its sale or other disposition is the same as the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis during the period you hold the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis for loss is its fair market value at the time of the gift plus or minus any required adjustments to basis during the period you hold the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms No gain or loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you use the basis for figuring a gain and the result is a loss, and then use the basis for figuring a loss and the result is a gain, you will have neither a gain nor a loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You receive a gift of investment property having an adjusted basis of $10,000 at the time of the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The fair market value at the time of the gift is $9,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You later sell the property for $9,500. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You have neither gain nor loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis for figuring gain is $10,000, and $9,500 minus $10,000 results in a $500 loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis for figuring loss is $9,000, and $9,500 minus $9,000 results in a $500 gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Fair market value equal to or more than donor's adjusted basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the fair market value of the property at the time of the gift was equal to or more than the donor's adjusted basis just before the gift, your basis for gain or loss on its sale or other disposition is the donor's adjusted basis plus or minus any required adjustments to basis during the period you hold the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Also, you may be allowed to add to the donor's adjusted basis all or part of any gift tax paid, depending on the date of the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Gift received before 1977. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you received property as a gift before 1977, your basis in the property is the donor's adjusted basis increased by the total gift tax paid on the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, your basis cannot be more than the fair market value of the gift at the time it was given to you. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You were given XYZ Company stock in 1976. Irs gov freefilefillableforms At the time of the gift, the stock had a fair market value of $21,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The donor's adjusted basis was $20,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The donor paid a gift tax of $500 on the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis for gain or loss is $20,500, the donor's adjusted basis plus the amount of gift tax paid. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example 2. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that the gift tax paid was $1,500. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis is $21,000, the donor's adjusted basis plus the gift tax paid, but limited to the fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Gift received after 1976. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you received property as a gift after 1976, your basis is the donor's adjusted basis increased by the part of the gift tax paid that was for the net increase in value of the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You figure this part by multiplying the gift tax paid on the gift by a fraction. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The numerator (top part) is the net increase in value of the gift and the denominator (bottom part) is the amount of the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The net increase in value of the gift is the fair market value of the gift minus the donor's adjusted basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The amount of the gift is its value for gift tax purposes after reduction by any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In 2013, you received a gift of property from your mother. Irs gov freefilefillableforms At the time of the gift, the property had a fair market value of $101,000 and an adjusted basis to her of $40,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The amount of the gift for gift tax purposes was $87,000 ($101,000 minus the $14,000 annual exclusion), and your mother paid a gift tax of $21,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You figure your basis in the following way: Fair market value $101,000 Minus: Adjusted basis 40,000 Net increase in value of gift $61,000 Gift tax paid $21,000 Multiplied by . Irs gov freefilefillableforms 701 ($61,000 ÷ $87,000) . Irs gov freefilefillableforms 701 Gift tax due to net increase in value $14,721 Plus: Adjusted basis of property to  your mother 40,000 Your basis in the property $54,721 Part sale, part gift. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you get property in a transfer that is partly a sale and partly a gift, your basis is the larger of the amount you paid for the property or the transferor's adjusted basis in the property at the time of the transfer. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Add to that amount the amount of any gift tax paid on the gift, as described in the preceding discussion. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For figuring loss, your basis is limited to the property's fair market value at the time of the transfer. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Gift tax information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   For information on gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For information on figuring the amount of gift tax to add to your basis, see Property Received as a Gift in Publication 551. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Property Received as Inheritance Before or after 2010. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you inherited property from a decedent who died before or after 2010, or who died in 2010 and the executor of the decedent's estate elected not to file Form 8939, Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Acquired From a Decedent, your basis in that property generally is its fair market value (its appraised value on Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return) on: The date of the decedent's death, or The later alternate valuation date if the estate qualifies for, and elects to use, alternate valuation. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If no Form 706 was filed, use the appraised value on the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For stocks and bonds, if no Form 706 was filed and there are no state inheritance or transmission taxes, see the Form 706 instructions for figuring the fair market value of the stocks and bonds on the date of the decedent's death. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Appreciated property you gave the decedent. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Your basis in certain appreciated property that you inherited is the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before death rather than its fair market value. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This applies to appreciated property that you or your spouse gave the decedent as a gift during the 1-year period ending on the date of death. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Appreciated property is any property whose fair market value on the day you gave it to the decedent was more than its adjusted basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms More information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   See Publication 551 for more information on the basis of inherited property, including community property, property held by a surviving tenant in a joint tenancy or tenancy by the entirety, a qualified joint interest, and a farm or closely held business. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Inherited in 2010 and executor elected to file Form 8939. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you inherited property from a decedent who died in 2010 and the executor made the election to file Form 8939, see Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010, to figure your basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Adjusted Basis Before you can figure any gain or loss on a sale, exchange, or other disposition of property or figure allowable depreciation, depletion, or amortization, you usually must make certain adjustments (increases and decreases) to the basis of the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Adjustments to the basis of stocks and bonds are explained in the following discussion. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For information about other adjustments to basis, see Publication 551. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stocks and Bonds The basis of stocks or bonds you own generally is the purchase price plus the costs of purchase, such as commissions and recording or transfer fees. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you acquired stock or bonds other than by purchase, your basis is usually determined by fair market value or the previous owner's adjusted basis as discussed earlier under Basis Other Than Cost . Irs gov freefilefillableforms The basis of stock must be adjusted for certain events that occur after purchase. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For example, if you receive more stock from nontaxable stock dividends or stock splits, you must reduce the basis of your original stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must also reduce your basis when you receive nondividend distributions (discussed in chapter 1). Irs gov freefilefillableforms These distributions, up to the amount of your basis, are a nontaxable return of capital. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The IRS partners with companies that offer Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040) software that can import trades from many brokerage firms and accounting software to help you keep track of your adjusted basis in securities. Irs gov freefilefillableforms To find out more, go to www. Irs gov freefilefillableforms irs. Irs gov freefilefillableforms gov/Filing/Filing-Options. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Identifying stock or bonds sold. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you can adequately identify the shares of stock or the bonds you sold, their basis is the cost or other basis of the particular shares of stock or bonds. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Adequate identification. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You will make an adequate identification if you show that certificates representing shares of stock from a lot that you bought on a certain date or for a certain price were delivered to your broker or other agent. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Broker holds stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you have left the stock certificates with your broker or other agent, you will make an adequate identification if you: Tell your broker or other agent the particular stock to be sold or transferred at the time of the sale or transfer, and Receive a written confirmation of this from your broker or other agent within a reasonable time. Irs gov freefilefillableforms  Stock identified this way is the stock sold or transferred even if stock certificates from a different lot are delivered to the broker or other agent. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Single stock certificate. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you bought stock in different lots at different times and you hold a single stock certificate for this stock, you will make an adequate identification if you: Tell your broker or other agent the particular stock to be sold or transferred when you deliver the certificate to your broker or other agent, and Receive a written confirmation of this from your broker or other agent within a reasonable time. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you sell part of the stock represented by a single certificate directly to the buyer instead of through a broker, you will make an adequate identification if you keep a written record of the particular stock that you intend to sell. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Bonds. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   These methods of identification also apply to bonds sold or transferred. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Identification not possible. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you buy and sell securities at various times in varying quantities and you cannot adequately identify the shares you sell, the basis of the securities you sell is the basis of the securities you acquired first. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Except for certain mutual fund shares, discussed later, you cannot use the average price per share to figure gain or loss on the sale of the shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You bought 100 shares of stock of XYZ Corporation in 1998 for $10 a share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In January 1999 you bought another 200 shares for $11 a share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In July 1999 you gave your son 50 shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In December 2001 you bought 100 shares for $9 a share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In April 2013 you sold 130 shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You cannot identify the shares you disposed of, so you must use the stock you acquired first to figure the basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The shares of stock you gave your son had a basis of $500 (50 × $10). Irs gov freefilefillableforms You figure the basis of the 130 shares of stock you sold in 2013 as follows: 50 shares (50 × $10) balance of stock bought in 1998 $ 500 80 shares (80 × $11) stock bought in January 1999 880 Total basis of stock sold in 2013 $1,380 Shares in a mutual fund or REIT. Irs gov freefilefillableforms    The basis of shares in a mutual fund (or other regulated investment company) or a real estate investment trust (REIT) is generally figured in the same way as the basis of other stock and usually includes any commissions or load charges paid for the purchase. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You bought 100 shares of Fund A for $10 a share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You paid a $50 commission to the broker for the purchase. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your cost basis for each share is $10. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 50 ($1,050 ÷ 100). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Commissions and load charges. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The fees and charges you pay to acquire or redeem shares of a mutual fund are not deductible. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You can usually add acquisition fees and charges to your cost of the shares and thereby increase your basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms A fee paid to redeem the shares is usually a reduction in the redemption price (sales price). Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You cannot add your entire acquisition fee or load charge to the cost of the mutual fund shares acquired if all of the following conditions apply. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You get a reinvestment right because of the purchase of the shares or the payment of the fee or charge. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You dispose of the shares within 90 days of the purchase date. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You acquire new shares in the same mutual fund or another mutual fund, for which the fee or charge is reduced or waived because of the reinvestment right you got when you acquired the original shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The amount of the original fee or charge in excess of the reduction in (3) is added to the cost of the original shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The rest of the original fee or charge is added to the cost basis of the new shares (unless all three conditions above also apply to the purchase of the new shares). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Choosing average basis for mutual fund shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You can choose to use the average basis of mutual fund shares if you acquired the identical shares at various times and prices, or you acquired the shares after 2010 in connection with a dividend reinvestment plan, and left them on deposit in an account kept by a custodian or agent. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The methods you can use to figure average basis are explained later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Undistributed capital gains. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you had to include in your income any undistributed capital gains of the mutual fund or REIT, increase your basis in the stock by the difference between the amount you included and the amount of tax paid for you by the fund or REIT. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Undistributed capital gains of mutual funds and REITs under Capital Gain Distributions in chapter 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Reinvestment right. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   This is the right to acquire mutual fund shares in the same or another mutual fund without paying a fee or load charge, or by paying a reduced fee or load charge. Irs gov freefilefillableforms      The original cost basis of mutual fund shares you acquire by reinvesting your distributions is the amount of the distributions used to purchase each full or fractional share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This rule applies even if the distribution is an exempt-interest dividend that you do not report as income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Table 4-1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This is a worksheet you can use to keep track of the adjusted basis of your mutual fund shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Enter the cost per share when you acquire new shares and any adjustments to their basis when the adjustment occurs. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This worksheet will help you figure the adjusted basis when you sell or redeem shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Table 4-1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Mutual Fund Record Mutual Fund Acquired1 Adjustment to Basis Per Share Adjusted2 Basis Per Share Sold or redeemed Date Number of Shares Cost Per Share Date Number of Shares                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 Include share received from reinvestment of distributions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 2 Cost plus or minus adjustments. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Automatic investment service. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you participate in an automatic investment service, your basis for each share of stock, including fractional shares, bought by the bank or other agent is the purchase price plus a share of the broker's commission. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Dividend reinvestment plans. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you participate in a dividend reinvestment plan and receive stock from the corporation at a discount, your basis is the full fair market value of the stock on the dividend payment date. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must include the amount of the discount in your income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Public utilities. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If, before 1986, you excluded from income the value of stock you had received under a qualified public utility reinvestment plan, your basis in that stock is zero. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stock dividends. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Stock dividends are distributions made by a corporation of its own stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Generally, stock dividends are not taxable to you. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, see Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights under Dividends and Other Distributions in chapter 1 for some exceptions. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the stock dividends are not taxable, you must divide your basis for the old stock between the old and new stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms New and old stock identical. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the new stock you received as a nontaxable dividend is identical to the old stock on which the dividend was declared, divide the adjusted basis of the old stock by the number of shares of old and new stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The result is your basis for each share of stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You owned one share of common stock that you bought for $45. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The corporation distributed two new shares of common stock for each share held. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You then had three shares of common stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis in each share is $15 ($45 ÷ 3). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example 2. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You owned two shares of common stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You bought one for $30 and the other for $45. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The corporation distributed two new shares of common stock for each share held. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You had six shares after the distribution—three with a basis of $10 each ($30 ÷ 3) and three with a basis of $15 each ($45 ÷ 3). Irs gov freefilefillableforms New and old stock not identical. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the new stock you received as a nontaxable dividend is not identical to the old stock on which it was declared, the basis of the new stock is calculated differently. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Divide the adjusted basis of the old stock between the old and the new stock in the ratio of the fair market value of each lot of stock to the total fair market value of both lots on the date of distribution of the new stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You bought a share of common stock for $100. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Later, the corporation distributed a share of preferred stock for each share of common stock held. Irs gov freefilefillableforms At the date of distribution, your common stock had a fair market value of $150 and the preferred stock had a fair market value of $50. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You figure the basis of the old and new stock by dividing your $100 basis between them. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The basis of your common stock is $75 (($150 ÷ $200) × $100), and the basis of the new preferred stock is $25 (($50 ÷ $200) × $100). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stock bought at various times. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Figure the basis of stock dividends received on stock you bought at various times and at different prices by allocating to each lot of stock the share of the stock dividends due to it. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Taxable stock dividends. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If your stock dividend is taxable when you receive it, the basis of your new stock is its fair market value on the date of distribution. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The basis of your old stock does not change. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stock splits. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Figure the basis of stock splits in the same way as stock dividends if identical stock is distributed on the stock held. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stock rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A stock right is a right to acquire a corporation's stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms It may be exercised, it may be sold if it has a market value, or it may expire. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stock rights are rarely taxable when you receive them. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights under Dividends and Other Distributions in chapter 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Taxable stock rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you receive stock rights that are taxable, the basis of the rights is their fair market value at the time of distribution. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The basis of the old stock does not change. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Nontaxable stock rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you receive nontaxable stock rights and allow them to expire, they have no basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you exercise or sell the nontaxable stock rights and if, at the time of distribution, the stock rights had a fair market value of 15% or more of the fair market value of the old stock, you must divide the adjusted basis of the old stock between the old stock and the stock rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Use a ratio of the fair market value of each to the total fair market value of both at the time of distribution. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the fair market value of the stock rights was less than 15%, their basis is zero. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, you can choose to divide the basis of the old stock between the old stock and the stock rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms To make the choice, attach a statement to your return for the year in which you received the rights, stating that you choose to divide the basis of the stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Basis of new stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you exercise the stock rights, the basis of the new stock is its cost plus the basis of the stock rights exercised. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You own 100 shares of ABC Company stock, which cost you $22 per share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The ABC Company gave you 10 nontaxable stock rights that would allow you to buy 10 more shares at $26 per share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms At the time the stock rights were distributed, the stock had a market value of $30, not including the stock rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Each stock right had a market value of $3. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The market value of the stock rights was less than 15% of the market value of the stock, but you chose to divide the basis of your stock between the stock and the rights. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You figure the basis of the rights and the basis of the old stock as follows: 100 shares × $22 = $2,200, basis of old stock   100 shares × $30 = $3,000, market value of old stock   10 rights × $3 = $30, market value of rights   ($3,000 ÷ $3,030) × $2,200 = $2,178. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 22, new basis of old stock   ($30 ÷ $3,030) × $2,200 = $21. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 78, basis of rights   If you sell the rights, the basis for figuring gain or loss is $2. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 18 ($21. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 78 ÷ 10) per right. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you exercise the rights, the basis of the stock you acquire is the price you pay ($26) plus the basis of the right exercised ($2. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 18), or $28. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 18 per share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The remaining basis of the old stock is $21. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 78 per share. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Investment property received in liquidation. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   In general, if you receive investment property as a distribution in partial or complete liquidation of a corporation and if you recognize gain or loss when you acquire the property, your basis in the property is its fair market value at the time of the distribution. Irs gov freefilefillableforms S corporation stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You must increase your basis in stock of an S corporation by your pro rata share of the following items. Irs gov freefilefillableforms All income items of the S corporation, including tax-exempt income, that are separately stated and passed through to you as a shareholder. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The nonseparately stated income of the S corporation. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The amount of the deduction for depletion (other than oil and gas depletion) that is more than the basis of the property being depleted. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You must decrease your basis in stock of an S corporation by your pro rata share of the following items. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Distributions by the S corporation that were not included in your income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms All loss and deduction items of the S corporation that are separately stated and passed through to you. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Any nonseparately stated loss of the S corporation. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Any expense of the S corporation that is not deductible in figuring its taxable income and not properly chargeable to a capital account. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The amount of your deduction for depletion of oil and gas wells to the extent the deduction is not more than your share of the adjusted basis of the wells. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, your basis in the stock cannot be reduced below zero. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Specialized small business investment company stock or partnership interest. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you bought this stock or interest as replacement property for publicly traded securities you sold at a gain, you must reduce the basis of the stock or interest by the amount of any postponed gain on that sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Rollover of Gain From Publicly Traded Securities , later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Qualified small business stock. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you bought this stock as replacement property for other qualified small business stock you sold at a gain, you must reduce the basis of this replacement stock by the amount of any postponed gain on the earlier sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Gains on Qualified Small Business Stock , later. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Short sales. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you cannot deduct payments you make to a lender in lieu of dividends on stock used in a short sale, the amount you pay to the lender is a capital expense, and you must add it to the basis of the stock used to close the short sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   See Payments in lieu of dividends , later, for information about deducting payments in lieu of dividends. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Premiums on bonds. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you buy a bond at a premium, the premium is treated as part of your basis in the bond. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you choose to amortize the premium paid on a taxable bond, you must reduce the basis of the bond by the amortized part of the premium each year over the life of the bond. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Although you cannot deduct the premium on a tax-exempt bond, you must amortize it to determine your adjusted basis in the bond. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You must reduce the basis of the bond by the premium you amortized for the period you held the bond. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   See Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 for more information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Market discount on bonds. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you include market discount on a bond in income currently, increase the basis of your bond by the amount of market discount you include in your income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Market Discount Bonds in chapter 1 for more information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Bonds purchased at par value. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A bond purchased at par value (face amount) has no premium or discount. Irs gov freefilefillableforms When you sell or otherwise dispose of the bond, you figure the gain or loss by comparing the bond proceeds to the purchase price of the bond. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You purchased a bond several years ago for its par value of $10,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You sold the bond this year for $10,100. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You have a gain of $100. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, if you had sold the bond for $9,900, you would have a loss of $100. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Acquisition discount on short-term obligations. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you include acquisition discount on a short-term obligation in your income currently, increase the basis of the obligation by the amount of acquisition discount you include in your income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Discount on Short-Term Obligations in chapter 1 for more information. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Original issue discount (OID) on debt instruments. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Increase the basis of a debt instrument by the OID you include in your income. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Original Issue Discount (OID) in chapter 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Discounted tax-exempt obligations. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   OID on tax-exempt obligations is generally not taxable. Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, when you dispose of a tax-exempt obligation issued after September 3, 1982, that you acquired after March 1, 1984, you must accrue OID on the obligation to determine its adjusted basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The accrued OID is added to the basis of the obligation to determine your gain or loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   For information on determining OID on a long-term obligation, see Debt Instruments Issued After July 1, 1982, and Before 1985 or Debt Instruments Issued After 1984, whichever applies, in Publication 1212 under Figuring OID on Long-Term Debt Instruments. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the tax-exempt obligation has a maturity of 1 year or less, accrue OID under the rules for acquisition discount on short-term obligations. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Discount on Short-Term Obligations in chapter 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Stripped tax-exempt obligation. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you acquired a stripped tax-exempt bond or coupon after October 22, 1986, you must accrue OID on it to determine its adjusted basis when you dispose of it. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For stripped tax-exempt bonds or coupons acquired after June 10, 1987, part of this OID may be taxable. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You accrue the OID on these obligations in the manner described in chapter 1 under Stripped Bonds and Coupons . Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Increase your basis in the stripped tax-exempt bond or coupon by the taxable and nontaxable accrued OID. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Also increase your basis by the interest that accrued (but was not paid and was not previously reflected in your basis) before the date you sold the bond or coupon. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In addition, for bonds acquired after June 10, 1987, add to your basis any accrued market discount not previously reflected in basis. Irs gov freefilefillableforms How To Figure Gain or Loss You figure gain or loss on a sale or trade of property by comparing the amount you realize with the adjusted basis of the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the amount you realize from a sale or trade is more than the adjusted basis of the property you transfer, the difference is a gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If the adjusted basis of the property you transfer is more than the amount you realize, the difference is a loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Amount realized. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   The amount you realize from a sale or trade of property is everything you receive for the property minus your expenses of sale (such as redemption fees, sales commissions, sales charges, or exit fees). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Amount realized includes the money you receive plus the fair market value of any property or services you receive. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you finance the buyer's purchase of your property and the debt instrument does not provide for adequate stated interest, the unstated interest that you must report as ordinary income will reduce the amount realized from the sale. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For more information, see Publication 537. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If a buyer of property issues a debt instrument to the seller of the property, the amount realized is determined by reference to the issue price of the debt instrument, which may or may not be the fair market value of the debt instrument. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See Regulations section 1. Irs gov freefilefillableforms 1001-1(g). Irs gov freefilefillableforms However, if the debt instrument was previously issued by a third party (one not part of the sale transaction), the fair market value of the debt instrument is used to determine the amount realized. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Fair market value. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a buyer and a seller, neither being forced to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You trade A Company stock with an adjusted basis of $7,000 for B Company stock with a fair market value of $10,000, which is your amount realized. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your gain is $3,000 ($10,000 – $7,000). Irs gov freefilefillableforms If you also receive a note for $6,000 that has an issue price of $6,000, your gain is $9,000 ($10,000 + $6,000 – $7,000). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Debt paid off. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   A debt against the property, or against you, that is paid off as a part of the transaction or that is assumed by the buyer must be included in the amount realized. Irs gov freefilefillableforms This is true even if neither you nor the buyer is personally liable for the debt. Irs gov freefilefillableforms For example, if you sell or trade property that is subject to a nonrecourse loan, the amount you realize generally includes the full amount of the note assumed by the buyer even if the amount of the note is more than the fair market value of the property. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Example. Irs gov freefilefillableforms You sell stock that you had pledged as security for a bank loan of $8,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your basis in the stock is $6,000. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The buyer pays off your bank loan and pays you $20,000 in cash. Irs gov freefilefillableforms The amount realized is $28,000 ($20,000 + $8,000). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Your gain is $22,000 ($28,000 – $6,000). Irs gov freefilefillableforms Payment of cash. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   If you trade property and cash for other property, the amount you realize is the fair market value of the property you receive. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Determine your gain or loss by subtracting the cash you pay and the adjusted basis of the property you trade in from the amount you realize. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the result is a positive number, it is a gain. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If the result is a negative number, it is a loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms No gain or loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms   You may have to use a basis for figuring gain that is different from the basis used for figuring loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms In this case, you may have neither a gain nor a loss. Irs gov freefilefillableforms See No gain or loss in the discussion on the basis of property you received as a gift under Basis Other Than Cost, earlier. Irs gov freefilefillableforms Special Rules for Mutual Funds To figure your gain or loss when you dispose of mutual fund shares, you need to determine which shares were sold and the basis of those shares. Irs gov freefilefillableforms If your shares in a mutual fund were acquired all on the same day and for the same price, figuring their basis is not difficu
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Registering to Vote

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has resources for voters, including voter guides, registration information, voting accessibility, and information for military and overseas voters.

Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen. In most states, you must be 18 years old to vote, but some states do allow 17 year olds to vote. States also have their own residency requirements to vote. For additional information about state-specific requirements and voter eligibility, contact your state election office.

How to Register

In almost all states, you can register by mail to vote using the National Mail Voter Registration Form. North Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form. New Hampshire accepts it only as a request for an absentee voter mail-in registration form. If you live in one of these states, please check with your state election office to find out how to register to vote.

You may also use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to update your registration if you changed your name, to change your address, or to register with a political party.

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State Registration Deadlines

Almost every state has a voter registration deadline. In order to be eligible to vote in the November elections, you must submit the National Mail Voter Registration Form by these deadlines:

  • Alabama – Voter registration is closed during the 10 days before an election. Applications must be postmarked or delivered by the eleventh day prior to the election.
  • Alaska – 30 days before the election
  • Arizona – 29 days before the election
  • Arkansas – 30 days before the election
  • California – 15 days before the election
  • Colorado – 29 days before the election. If the application is received in the mails without a postmark, it must be received within 5 days of the close of registration.
  • Connecticut – 14 days before the election
  • Delaware – The fourth Saturday before a primary or general election, and 10 days before a special election.
  • District of Columbia – 30 days before the election
  • Florida – 29 days before the election
  • Georgia – The fifth Monday before any general primary, general election, or presidential preference primary, or regularly scheduled special election following the Georgia Election Code. If a special  election is scheduled on a date other that those dates prescribed by the Georgia Election Code, registration would close on the fifth day after the call.
  • Hawaii – 30 days before the election
  • Idaho – 25 days before the election
  • Illinois – 28 days before the election
  • Indiana – 29 days before the election
  • Iowa – Must be delivered by 5 PM, 10 days before the election, if it is a state primary or general election; 11 days before all others. Registration forms which are postmarked 15 or more days before an election are considered on time even if received after the deadline. If you fail to meet these deadlines, you can register to vote on election day.
  • Kansas – Postmarked or delivered 21 days before the election.
  • Kentucky – 29 days before the election
  • Louisiana – 30 days before the election
  • Maine – Delivered 21 business days before the election or you can register in-person up to and including election day.
  • Maryland – Delivered by 9 PM, 21 days before the election
  • Massachusetts – 20 days before the election
  • Michigan – 30 days before the election
  • Minnesota – Delivered by 5 PM, 21 days before the election. You can also register at the polling place on election day.
  • Mississippi – 30 days before the election
  • Missouri – 28 days before the election
  • Montana – 30 days before the election
  • Nebraska – The third Friday before the election (or delivered by 6 PM, on the second Friday before the election)
  • Nevada – The deadline for mail-in registration is the fifth Saturday before any primary or general election. In person registration remains available until 9 PM on the third Tuesday preceding any primary or general election. You may register to vote in person only by appearing at the office of the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters.
  • New Hampshire – Town and city clerks will accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form only as a request for their own absentee voter mail-in registration form, which your city or town clerk must receive by 10 days before the election. You can register at the town or city clerk’s office or in-person on election day.
  • New Jersey – 21 days before the election
  • New Mexico – 28 days before the election
  • New York – 25 days before the election
  • North Carolina – Postmarked 25 days before the election or received in the elections office or designated voter registration agency site by 5 PM, 25 days before the election.
  • North Dakota – No voter registration
  • Ohio – 30 days before the election
  • Oklahoma – 25 days before the election
  • Oregon – 21 days before the election
  • Pennsylvania – 30 days before an election or primary
  • Rhode Island – 30 days before the election
  • South Carolina – 30 days before the election
  • South Dakota – Received 15 days before the election
  • Tennessee – 30 days before the election
  • Texas – 30 days before the election
  • Utah – 30 days before the election for mail-in applications and 15 days before the election for walk-in registration at the county clerk’s office
  • Vermont – Delivered to the town clerk before 5 PM, on the Wednesday before the election
  • Virginia – Delivered 22 days before the election
  • Washington – 29 days before the election or 8 days before the election if delivered in person to the local voter registration office
  • West Virginia – 21 days before the election
  • Wisconsin – 20 days before the election or completed in the local voter registration office up to 5 PM or the close of business, whichever is later, on the Friday before the election. You can also register at the polling place on election day.
  • Wyoming – Cannot accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can register in-person, by mail, or at the polls on election day.

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