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Old 03-01-2011, 07:25 PM
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cost basis and capital gains

Hi all quick question. In 2009 when the market was at its low I invested $10,000 in a series of mutual funds. As the stock market grew my account quickly gained value to $14,000. Last summer I decided it was time to pull some of the gain, so I took out $5,000 which still left $9,000 in the account. On my 1099 from schwab it shows a total gross proceeds of 5,005.87.

My instincts tell me since my initial investment was $10,000 of which I only pulled $5,000 so shouldn't owe any capital since I didn't exceed my cost basis.

If anyone could shed any light on this it would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Matt



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Old 03-03-2011, 03:20 PM
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Smile There is hope when calculating cost basis

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Old 03-08-2011, 04:05 PM
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Guess you are trying to sell me something

Not sure if this means my cost basis figure is wrong? Seems like I am just being offered a product to buy. Not sure what to think.



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Old 03-10-2011, 01:33 AM
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“My instincts tell me since my initial investment was $10,000 of which I only pulled $5,000 so shouldn't owe any capital since I didn't exceed my cost basis.”---->I guess you need to contact your agent of Schwab; basically, there are several different methods of computing your gain or loss for partial mutual fund sales.For example, the IRS permits taxpayers to choose among four alternative basis determination methods in computing the gain or loss on disposition. When a partial disposition occurs, like your case, the method selected can affect the gain or loss recognized. While the total net gain or loss remains the same, the nature and character may differ, depending on the tax method used.



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