Just when you thought your tax return could not get any more complex...

Guess what? Reporting your capital gains and losses is going to get a lot more complicated. You may be filling out up to four forms, a schedule D plus up to three Form 8949's. New basis reporting rules went into effect this year. All of your stock, bond and mutual fund sales will be reported on Form 8949 with the totals flowing to schedule D. A separate 8949 will be needed for each of three types of transactions.

  • Sales reported by a broker on form 1099-B with basis reported.
  • Sales reported by a broker on form 1099-B with no basis reported.
  • Gains and losses where no 1099-B is received.
The IRS will now be able cross check cost basis information in their database with cost basis reported on all tax returns. In the past they could only cross check gross sales proceeds.

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