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IRS seeks comment on cost-basis guidance

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The IRS is requesting input on implementing the cost-basis reporting requirements included in the bailout bill passed in October. Comments are due by March 2.

Customers’ cost basis will need to be reported for stock purchases beginning in 2011, mutual funds and dividend reinvestment plans in 2012 and debt instruments, options and other securities in 2013. The IRS has requested comments on 36 topics in eight categories: the applicability of reporting requirements; basis method elections; dividend reinvestment plans; reconciliation with customer reporting; special rules and mechanical issues; transfer reporting; issuer reporting; and broker practices and procedures.

According to Stevie Conlon, tax director for GainsKeeper, in a Cost Basis Reporting Resource Center blog for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, “The specifically listed topics included in the Notice and the Mar. 2 deadline for comments indicate that the IRS intends to work diligently to release guidance that will help brokers and other affected persons comply with the new cost basis reporting law.”

A copy of Notice 2009-17 can be found here.

Written comments should be submitted to: Internal Revenue Service,
CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2009-17), Room 5203, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station,
Washington, DC 20044. Alternatively, comments may be hand delivered between the
hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday to CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2009-17),
Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington,
D.C. Comments may also be transmitted electronically via the following e-mail address:
[email protected] Please include “Notice 2009-17″ in the
subject line of any electronic communications.