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The Cost Basis Reporting Law

On Friday, October 3rd, 2008, President George W. Bush signed H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 into law (the Act, Pub. L. No. 110-343). The law requires cost basis reporting by brokers to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to taxpayers. The initial effective date for cost basis reporting for most stocks applies to stock acquired on or after January 1, 2011; for mutual funds and dividend reinvestment plan stock (or similar arrangements) acquired on or after January 1, 2012; and for debt instruments, options and other covered securities acquired on or after January 1, 2013.

Learn more about the cost basis reporting law.

Visit Wolters Kluwer Financial Services' Cost Basis Reporting Resource Center.
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