Hello Dave, Actually nowdays record keeping is very easy with all computerized data where you can sort by using key words, like option list, cash transaction,stock short term ,stock long, etc... my Harrisdirect programs history data really makes whole thing very simple doing tax time by directly linking into Turbo Tax program.. Life is made very simple when you learn to use them. Last year I had hundreds of transactions in both common shares and option, I had to learn there available programs. Next year, I need to learn all over with e-Trade buyout of Harrisdirect. Another new programs.
Good luck with COH shares... I am still holding my shares,,decided to hold till little more run up.toward year end.
95% of my trading is in a rolled over 401-K/IRA account. I don't have to worry about capital gains(losses) or any of the stuff the most traders have to keep records on. Sooner or later (withdrawal time) I'll have to settle with the tax man but until then, I'm having an easier time of it.
If you bought on NOV.30th ..Why can not you self other half you had anytime before year end? IRS consider older shares first any way so You can declare loss in 2005. There is no written rule against buying before sale. This is consider last purchase; rule is " first in first out" Any other way you must specify with brokerage house that you are selling selected shares.
Therefore I assume you can pick anydays before 12/31 that gives you the best result.
PS: I am not CPA
THANKS FOR RESPONDING.. so far I have not sold any stock..only bought the same amount hoping to sell half at the right time and get the tax loss without losing the run up I expect.. my concern is that I need 31 days (which I don't have) I bought on NOv 30th and want to sell on Dec30th.. sorry to take up space on COH's board.. this is not about COH..Dec 31 is a saturday.. for interest the stock is CHCI Thanks
Wash sales only apply to losses on a sale of a stock. If you have a gain the 30 day wash sale rules do not apply. Hope this helps. I am assuming that the sale of half your stock was a gain so you can buy back any amount of the same stock within 30 days.
RELATING TO WASH SALE.. DO YOU KNOW IF BECASUE Dec 31ST IS A SATURDAY IF ONE COULD BUY BACK THE STOCK ON THE 30TH? i DOUBLED UP ON A STOCK expecting to sell half at the end of the month , but now am not sure if I made it in time. I bought it NOv 30th..Can I sell it Dec 30th ?