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Www gov freefile 4. Www gov freefile   Sales and Trades of Investment Property Table of Contents IntroductionNominees. Www gov freefile Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: What Is a Sale or Trade?Dividend versus sale or trade. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Debt paid off. Www gov freefile Payment of cash. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile S. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Exception 2. Www gov freefile Section 1256 contracts and straddles. Www gov freefile Market discount bonds. Www gov freefile File Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S with the IRS. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Investment property. Www gov freefile   This is property that produces investment income. Www gov freefile Examples include stocks, bonds, and Treasury bills and notes. Www gov freefile Property used in a trade or business is not investment property. Www gov freefile Form 1099-B. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile You should receive the statement by February 15 of the next year. Www gov freefile It will show the gross proceeds from the sale. Www gov freefile The IRS will also get a copy of Form 1099-B from the broker. Www gov freefile   Use Form 1099-B (or substitute statement received from your broker) to complete Form 8949. Www gov freefile If you sold a covered security in 2013, your broker will send you a Form 1099-B (or substitute statement) that shows your basis. Www gov freefile This will help you complete Form 8949. Www gov freefile Generally, a covered security is a security you acquired after 2010, with certain exceptions explained in the Instructions for Form 8949. Www gov freefile    For more information on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040), see Reporting Capital Gains and Losses in this chapter. Www gov freefile Also see the Instructions for Form 8949 and the Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040). Www gov freefile Nominees. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Other property transactions. Www gov freefile   Certain transfers of property are discussed in other IRS publications. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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 . Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile What Is a Sale or Trade? This section explains what is a sale or trade. Www gov freefile It also explains certain transactions and events that are treated as sales or trades. Www gov freefile A sale is generally a transfer of property for money or a mortgage, note, or other promise to pay money. Www gov freefile A trade is a transfer of property for other property or services, and may be taxed in the same way as a sale. Www gov freefile Sale and purchase. Www gov freefile   Ordinarily, a transaction is not a trade when you voluntarily sell property for cash and immediately buy similar property to replace it. Www gov freefile The sale and purchase are two separate transactions. Www gov freefile But see Like-Kind Exchanges under Nontaxable Trades, later. Www gov freefile Redemption of stock. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Dividend versus sale or trade. Www gov freefile   Whether a redemption is treated as a sale, trade, dividend, or other distribution depends on the circumstances in each case. Www gov freefile Both direct and indirect ownership of stock will be considered. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Redemption or retirement of bonds. Www gov freefile   A redemption or retirement of bonds or notes at their maturity generally is treated as a sale or trade. Www gov freefile See Stocks, stock rights, and bonds and Discounted Debt Instruments under Capital or Ordinary Gain or Loss, later. Www gov freefile   In addition, a significant modification of a bond is treated as a trade of the original bond for a new bond. Www gov freefile For details, see Regulations section 1. Www gov freefile 1001-3. Www gov freefile Surrender of stock. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile The surrendering shareholder must reallocate his or her basis in the surrendered shares to the shares he or she retains. Www gov freefile Trade of investment property for an annuity. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Figure the present value of the annuity according to factors used by commercial insurance companies issuing annuities. 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Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile This affects whether your capital loss is long term or short term. Www gov freefile See Holding Period , later. Www gov freefile Worthless securities also include securities that you abandon after March 12, 2008. Www gov freefile To abandon a security, you must permanently surrender and relinquish all rights in the security and receive no consideration in exchange for it. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Do not deduct them in the year the stock became worthless. Www gov freefile How to report loss. Www gov freefile   Report worthless securities in Form 8949, Part I or Part II, whichever applies. Www gov freefile    Report your worthless securities transactions on Form 8949 with the correct box checked for these transactions. Www gov freefile See Form 8949 and the Instructions for Form 8949. Www gov freefile Filing a claim for refund. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile You must use Form 1040X, Amended U. Www gov freefile S. Www gov freefile Individual Income Tax Return, to amend your return for the year the security became worthless. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile (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. Www gov freefile ) For more information about filing a claim, see Publication 556. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile You must recognize gain as if the position were disposed of at its fair market value on the date of the constructive sale. Www gov freefile This gives you a new holding period for the position that begins on the date of the constructive sale. Www gov freefile Then, when you close the transaction, you reduce your gain (or increase your loss) by the gain recognized on the constructive sale. Www gov freefile Constructive sale. Www gov freefile   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). Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile For this purpose, a related person is any related party described under Related Party Transactions , later in this chapter. Www gov freefile Exception for nonmarketable securities. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Exception for certain closed transactions. Www gov freefile   Do not treat a transaction as a constructive sale if all of the following are true. Www gov freefile You closed the transaction on or before the 30th day after the end of your tax year. Www gov freefile You held the appreciated financial position throughout the 60-day period beginning on the date you closed the transaction. Www gov freefile Your risk of loss was not reduced at any time during that 60-day period by holding certain other positions. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   This exception also applies to successive short sales of an entire appreciated financial position. Www gov freefile For more information, see Revenue Ruling 2003-1 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2003-3. Www gov freefile This bulletin is available at www. Www gov freefile irs. Www gov freefile gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb03-03. Www gov freefile pdf. Www gov freefile Appreciated financial position. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Exceptions. Www gov freefile   An appreciated financial position does not include the following. Www gov freefile 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 ). Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 860G-1(a)(3), and The position is not convertible, either directly or indirectly, into stock of the issuer (or any related person). Www gov freefile Any hedge with respect to a position described in (2). Www gov freefile Certain trust instruments treated as stock. Www gov freefile   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). Www gov freefile Sale of appreciated financial position. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Exceptions. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile For more details, including definitions of these terms, see section 1256. Www gov freefile Regulated futures contract. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Foreign currency contract. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   Special rules apply to certain foreign currency transactions. Www gov freefile These transactions may result in ordinary gain or loss treatment. Www gov freefile For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 988 and Regulations sections 1. Www gov freefile 988-1(a)(7) and 1. Www gov freefile 988-3. Www gov freefile Nonequity option. Www gov freefile   This is any listed option (defined later) that is not an equity option. Www gov freefile Nonequity options include debt options, commodity futures options, currency options, and broad-based stock index options. Www gov freefile 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). Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Cash-settled options. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   This rule does not apply to options established before the SEC determines that the stock index is broad based. Www gov freefile Listed option. Www gov freefile   This is any option traded on, or subject to the rules of, a qualified board or exchange (as discussed earlier under Regulated futures contract). Www gov freefile A listed option, however, does not include an option that is a right to acquire stock from the issuer. Www gov freefile Dealer equity option. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   An “options dealer” is any person registered with an appropriate national securities exchange as a market maker or specialist in listed options. Www gov freefile Equity option. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile  Equity options include options on a group of stocks only if the group is a narrow-based stock index. Www gov freefile Dealer securities futures contract. Www gov freefile   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). Www gov freefile A securities futures contract that is not a dealer securities futures contract is treated as described later under Securities Futures Contracts . Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Hedging exception. Www gov freefile   The marked-to-market rules do not apply to hedging transactions. Www gov freefile See Hedging Transactions , later. Www gov freefile 60/40 rule. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile This is true regardless of how long you actually held the property. Www gov freefile Example. 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Www gov freefile   The loss carried back to any year under this election cannot be more than the net section 1256 contracts gain in that year. Www gov freefile In addition, the amount of loss carried back to an earlier tax year cannot increase or produce a net operating loss for that year. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile (See Capital Losses under Reporting Capital Gains and Losses, later. Www gov freefile ) 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Net section 1256 contracts loss. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Net section 1256 contracts gain. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile  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. Www gov freefile Traders in section 1256 contracts. Www gov freefile   Gain or loss from the trading of section 1256 contracts is capital gain or loss subject to the marked-to-market rules. Www gov freefile However, this does not apply to contracts held for purposes of hedging property if any loss from the property would be an ordinary loss. Www gov freefile Treatment of underlying property. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Form 6781. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile This includes the amount shown in box 10 of Form 1099-B. Www gov freefile Then enter the net amount of these gains and losses on Schedule D (Form 1040), line 4 or line 11, as appropriate. Www gov freefile Include a copy of Form 6781 with your income tax return. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Follow the Form 6781 instructions for completing Part I. Www gov freefile Loss carryback election. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Follow the instructions for completing Form 6781 for the loss year to make this election. Www gov freefile Hedging Transactions The marked-to-market rules, described earlier, do not apply to hedging transactions. Www gov freefile A transaction is a hedging transaction if both of the following conditions are met. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile You clearly identified the transaction as being a hedging transaction before the close of the day on which you entered into it. Www gov freefile This hedging transaction exception does not apply to transactions entered into by or for any syndicate. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Hedging loss limit. Www gov freefile   If you are a limited partner or entrepreneur in a syndicate, the amount of a hedging loss you can claim is limited. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Ignore any hedging transaction items in determining this taxable income. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile The term “unrecognized gain” has the same meaning as defined under Loss Deferral Rules in Straddles, later. Www gov freefile Sale of property used in a hedge. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile See the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). Www gov freefile In addition, the rules relating to contributions to self-employment retirement plans apply. Www gov freefile For information on retirement plan contributions, see Publication 560 and Publication 590. Www gov freefile Basis of Investment Property Basis is a way of measuring your investment in property for tax purposes. Www gov freefile You must know the basis of your property to determine whether you have a gain or loss on its sale or other disposition. Www gov freefile Investment property you buy normally has an original basis equal to its cost. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Cost Basis The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. Www gov freefile The cost is the amount you pay in cash, debt obligations, or other property or services. Www gov freefile Unstated interest. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile You generally have unstated interest if your interest rate is less than the applicable federal rate. Www gov freefile For more information, see Unstated Interest and Original Issue Discount (OID) in Publication 537. Www gov freefile Basis Other Than Cost There are times when you must use a basis other than cost. Www gov freefile In these cases, you may need to know the property's fair market value or the adjusted basis of the previous owner. Www gov freefile Fair market value. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Sales of similar property, around the same date, may be helpful in figuring fair market value. Www gov freefile Property Received for Services If you receive investment property for services, you must include the property's fair market value in income. Www gov freefile The amount you include in income then becomes your basis in the property. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Restricted property. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Property becomes substantially vested when it is transferable or is no longer subject to substantial risk of forfeiture, whichever happens first. Www gov freefile See Restricted Property in Publication 525 for more information. Www gov freefile Bargain purchases. Www gov freefile   If you buy investment property at less than fair market value, as payment for services, you must include the difference in income. Www gov freefile Your basis in the property is the price you pay plus the amount you include in income. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You trade A Company stock for B Company stock having a fair market value of $1,200. Www gov freefile If the adjusted basis of the A Company stock is less than $1,200, you have a taxable gain on the trade. Www gov freefile If the adjusted basis of the A Company stock is more than $1,200, you have a deductible loss on the trade. Www gov freefile The basis of your B Company stock is $1,200. Www gov freefile If you later sell the B Company stock for $1,300, you will have a gain of $100. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile See Nontaxable Trades , later. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Increase this amount by any cash you paid, additional costs you had, and any gain recognized. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile See Transfers Between Spouses , later. Www gov freefile Recordkeeping. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Fair market value less than donor's adjusted basis. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile No gain or loss. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You receive a gift of investment property having an adjusted basis of $10,000 at the time of the gift. Www gov freefile The fair market value at the time of the gift is $9,000. Www gov freefile You later sell the property for $9,500. Www gov freefile You have neither gain nor loss. Www gov freefile Your basis for figuring gain is $10,000, and $9,500 minus $10,000 results in a $500 loss. Www gov freefile Your basis for figuring loss is $9,000, and $9,500 minus $9,000 results in a $500 gain. Www gov freefile Fair market value equal to or more than donor's adjusted basis. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Gift received before 1977. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile However, your basis cannot be more than the fair market value of the gift at the time it was given to you. Www gov freefile Example 1. Www gov freefile You were given XYZ Company stock in 1976. Www gov freefile At the time of the gift, the stock had a fair market value of $21,000. Www gov freefile The donor's adjusted basis was $20,000. Www gov freefile The donor paid a gift tax of $500 on the gift. Www gov freefile Your basis for gain or loss is $20,500, the donor's adjusted basis plus the amount of gift tax paid. Www gov freefile Example 2. Www gov freefile The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that the gift tax paid was $1,500. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Gift received after 1976. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile You figure this part by multiplying the gift tax paid on the gift by a fraction. Www gov freefile The numerator (top part) is the net increase in value of the gift and the denominator (bottom part) is the amount of the gift. Www gov freefile   The net increase in value of the gift is the fair market value of the gift minus the donor's adjusted basis. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile In 2013, you received a gift of property from your mother. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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 . Www gov freefile 701 ($61,000 ÷ $87,000) . Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Add to that amount the amount of any gift tax paid on the gift, as described in the preceding discussion. Www gov freefile For figuring loss, your basis is limited to the property's fair market value at the time of the transfer. Www gov freefile Gift tax information. Www gov freefile   For information on gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes. Www gov freefile For information on figuring the amount of gift tax to add to your basis, see Property Received as a Gift in Publication 551. Www gov freefile Property Received as Inheritance Before or after 2010. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile If no Form 706 was filed, use the appraised value on the date of death for state inheritance or transmission taxes. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Appreciated property you gave the decedent. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Appreciated property is any property whose fair market value on the day you gave it to the decedent was more than its adjusted basis. Www gov freefile More information. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Inherited in 2010 and executor elected to file Form 8939. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile The result of these adjustments to the basis is the adjusted basis. Www gov freefile Adjustments to the basis of stocks and bonds are explained in the following discussion. Www gov freefile For information about other adjustments to basis, see Publication 551. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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 . Www gov freefile The basis of stock must be adjusted for certain events that occur after purchase. Www gov freefile For example, if you receive more stock from nontaxable stock dividends or stock splits, you must reduce the basis of your original stock. Www gov freefile You must also reduce your basis when you receive nondividend distributions (discussed in chapter 1). Www gov freefile These distributions, up to the amount of your basis, are a nontaxable return of capital. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile To find out more, go to www. Www gov freefile irs. Www gov freefile gov/Filing/Filing-Options. Www gov freefile Identifying stock or bonds sold. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Adequate identification. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Broker holds stock. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile  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. Www gov freefile Single stock certificate. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Bonds. Www gov freefile   These methods of identification also apply to bonds sold or transferred. Www gov freefile Identification not possible. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You bought 100 shares of stock of XYZ Corporation in 1998 for $10 a share. Www gov freefile In January 1999 you bought another 200 shares for $11 a share. Www gov freefile In July 1999 you gave your son 50 shares. Www gov freefile In December 2001 you bought 100 shares for $9 a share. Www gov freefile In April 2013 you sold 130 shares. Www gov freefile You cannot identify the shares you disposed of, so you must use the stock you acquired first to figure the basis. Www gov freefile The shares of stock you gave your son had a basis of $500 (50 × $10). Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile    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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You bought 100 shares of Fund A for $10 a share. Www gov freefile You paid a $50 commission to the broker for the purchase. Www gov freefile Your cost basis for each share is $10. Www gov freefile 50 ($1,050 ÷ 100). Www gov freefile Commissions and load charges. Www gov freefile   The fees and charges you pay to acquire or redeem shares of a mutual fund are not deductible. Www gov freefile You can usually add acquisition fees and charges to your cost of the shares and thereby increase your basis. Www gov freefile A fee paid to redeem the shares is usually a reduction in the redemption price (sales price). Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile You get a reinvestment right because of the purchase of the shares or the payment of the fee or charge. Www gov freefile You dispose of the shares within 90 days of the purchase date. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile   The amount of the original fee or charge in excess of the reduction in (3) is added to the cost of the original shares. Www gov freefile 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). Www gov freefile Choosing average basis for mutual fund shares. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile The methods you can use to figure average basis are explained later. Www gov freefile Undistributed capital gains. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Undistributed capital gains of mutual funds and REITs under Capital Gain Distributions in chapter 1. Www gov freefile Reinvestment right. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile      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. Www gov freefile This rule applies even if the distribution is an exempt-interest dividend that you do not report as income. Www gov freefile Table 4-1. Www gov freefile This is a worksheet you can use to keep track of the adjusted basis of your mutual fund shares. Www gov freefile Enter the cost per share when you acquire new shares and any adjustments to their basis when the adjustment occurs. Www gov freefile This worksheet will help you figure the adjusted basis when you sell or redeem shares. Www gov freefile Table 4-1. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 2 Cost plus or minus adjustments. Www gov freefile Automatic investment service. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Dividend reinvestment plans. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile You must include the amount of the discount in your income. Www gov freefile Public utilities. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Stock dividends. Www gov freefile   Stock dividends are distributions made by a corporation of its own stock. Www gov freefile Generally, stock dividends are not taxable to you. Www gov freefile However, see Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights under Dividends and Other Distributions in chapter 1 for some exceptions. Www gov freefile If the stock dividends are not taxable, you must divide your basis for the old stock between the old and new stock. Www gov freefile New and old stock identical. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile The result is your basis for each share of stock. Www gov freefile Example 1. Www gov freefile You owned one share of common stock that you bought for $45. Www gov freefile The corporation distributed two new shares of common stock for each share held. Www gov freefile You then had three shares of common stock. Www gov freefile Your basis in each share is $15 ($45 ÷ 3). Www gov freefile Example 2. Www gov freefile You owned two shares of common stock. Www gov freefile You bought one for $30 and the other for $45. Www gov freefile The corporation distributed two new shares of common stock for each share held. Www gov freefile 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). Www gov freefile New and old stock not identical. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You bought a share of common stock for $100. Www gov freefile Later, the corporation distributed a share of preferred stock for each share of common stock held. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile You figure the basis of the old and new stock by dividing your $100 basis between them. Www gov freefile The basis of your common stock is $75 (($150 ÷ $200) × $100), and the basis of the new preferred stock is $25 (($50 ÷ $200) × $100). Www gov freefile Stock bought at various times. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Taxable stock dividends. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile The basis of your old stock does not change. Www gov freefile Stock splits. Www gov freefile   Figure the basis of stock splits in the same way as stock dividends if identical stock is distributed on the stock held. Www gov freefile Stock rights. Www gov freefile   A stock right is a right to acquire a corporation's stock. Www gov freefile It may be exercised, it may be sold if it has a market value, or it may expire. Www gov freefile Stock rights are rarely taxable when you receive them. Www gov freefile See Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights under Dividends and Other Distributions in chapter 1. Www gov freefile Taxable stock rights. Www gov freefile   If you receive stock rights that are taxable, the basis of the rights is their fair market value at the time of distribution. Www gov freefile The basis of the old stock does not change. Www gov freefile Nontaxable stock rights. Www gov freefile   If you receive nontaxable stock rights and allow them to expire, they have no basis. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Use a ratio of the fair market value of each to the total fair market value of both at the time of distribution. Www gov freefile   If the fair market value of the stock rights was less than 15%, their basis is zero. Www gov freefile However, you can choose to divide the basis of the old stock between the old stock and the stock rights. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Basis of new stock. Www gov freefile   If you exercise the stock rights, the basis of the new stock is its cost plus the basis of the stock rights exercised. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You own 100 shares of ABC Company stock, which cost you $22 per share. Www gov freefile The ABC Company gave you 10 nontaxable stock rights that would allow you to buy 10 more shares at $26 per share. Www gov freefile At the time the stock rights were distributed, the stock had a market value of $30, not including the stock rights. Www gov freefile Each stock right had a market value of $3. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 22, new basis of old stock   ($30 ÷ $3,030) × $2,200 = $21. Www gov freefile 78, basis of rights   If you sell the rights, the basis for figuring gain or loss is $2. Www gov freefile 18 ($21. Www gov freefile 78 ÷ 10) per right. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 18), or $28. Www gov freefile 18 per share. Www gov freefile The remaining basis of the old stock is $21. Www gov freefile 78 per share. Www gov freefile Investment property received in liquidation. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile S corporation stock. Www gov freefile   You must increase your basis in stock of an S corporation by your pro rata share of the following items. Www gov freefile All income items of the S corporation, including tax-exempt income, that are separately stated and passed through to you as a shareholder. Www gov freefile The nonseparately stated income of the S corporation. Www gov freefile The amount of the deduction for depletion (other than oil and gas depletion) that is more than the basis of the property being depleted. Www gov freefile   You must decrease your basis in stock of an S corporation by your pro rata share of the following items. Www gov freefile Distributions by the S corporation that were not included in your income. Www gov freefile All loss and deduction items of the S corporation that are separately stated and passed through to you. Www gov freefile Any nonseparately stated loss of the S corporation. Www gov freefile Any expense of the S corporation that is not deductible in figuring its taxable income and not properly chargeable to a capital account. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile However, your basis in the stock cannot be reduced below zero. Www gov freefile Specialized small business investment company stock or partnership interest. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Rollover of Gain From Publicly Traded Securities , later. Www gov freefile Qualified small business stock. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Gains on Qualified Small Business Stock , later. Www gov freefile Short sales. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   See Payments in lieu of dividends , later, for information about deducting payments in lieu of dividends. Www gov freefile Premiums on bonds. Www gov freefile   If you buy a bond at a premium, the premium is treated as part of your basis in the bond. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile   Although you cannot deduct the premium on a tax-exempt bond, you must amortize it to determine your adjusted basis in the bond. Www gov freefile You must reduce the basis of the bond by the premium you amortized for the period you held the bond. Www gov freefile   See Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 for more information. Www gov freefile Market discount on bonds. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Market Discount Bonds in chapter 1 for more information. Www gov freefile Bonds purchased at par value. Www gov freefile   A bond purchased at par value (face amount) has no premium or discount. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You purchased a bond several years ago for its par value of $10,000. Www gov freefile You sold the bond this year for $10,100. Www gov freefile You have a gain of $100. Www gov freefile However, if you had sold the bond for $9,900, you would have a loss of $100. Www gov freefile Acquisition discount on short-term obligations. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Discount on Short-Term Obligations in chapter 1 for more information. Www gov freefile Original issue discount (OID) on debt instruments. Www gov freefile   Increase the basis of a debt instrument by the OID you include in your income. Www gov freefile See Original Issue Discount (OID) in chapter 1. Www gov freefile Discounted tax-exempt obligations. Www gov freefile   OID on tax-exempt obligations is generally not taxable. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile The accrued OID is added to the basis of the obligation to determine your gain or loss. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Discount on Short-Term Obligations in chapter 1. Www gov freefile Stripped tax-exempt obligation. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile For stripped tax-exempt bonds or coupons acquired after June 10, 1987, part of this OID may be taxable. Www gov freefile You accrue the OID on these obligations in the manner described in chapter 1 under Stripped Bonds and Coupons . Www gov freefile   Increase your basis in the stripped tax-exempt bond or coupon by the taxable and nontaxable accrued OID. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile In addition, for bonds acquired after June 10, 1987, add to your basis any accrued market discount not previously reflected in basis. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Gain. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Loss. Www gov freefile   If the adjusted basis of the property you transfer is more than the amount you realize, the difference is a loss. Www gov freefile Amount realized. Www gov freefile   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). Www gov freefile Amount realized includes the money you receive plus the fair market value of any property or services you receive. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile For more information, see Publication 537. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile See Regulations section 1. Www gov freefile 1001-1(g). Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Fair market value. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Your gain is $3,000 ($10,000 – $7,000). Www gov freefile 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). Www gov freefile Debt paid off. Www gov freefile   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. Www gov freefile This is true even if neither you nor the buyer is personally liable for the debt. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile Example. Www gov freefile You sell stock that you had pledged as security for a bank loan of $8,000. Www gov freefile Your basis in the stock is $6,000. Www gov freefile The buyer pays off your bank loan and pays you $20,000 in cash. Www gov freefile The amount realized is $28,000 ($20,000 + $8,000). Www gov freefile Your gain is $22,000 ($28,000 – $6,000). Www gov freefile Payment of cash. Www gov freefile   If you trade property and cash for other property, the amount you realize is the fair market value of the property you receive. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile If the result is a positive number, it is a gain. Www gov freefile If the result is a negative number, it is a loss. Www gov freefile No gain or loss. Www gov freefile   You may have to use a basis for figuring gain that is different from the basis used for figuring loss. Www gov freefile In this case, you may have neither a gain nor a loss. Www gov freefile See No gain or loss in the discussion on the basis of property you received as a gift under Basis Other Than Cost, earlier. Www gov freefile 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. Www gov freefile 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