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Subject:  Cost basis on Fractional shares Date:  7/17/2001  6:27 PM
Author:  mcnuprin Number:  52612 of 121565

I am an AT&T shareholder and recieved AWE stock as a spin-off. They automatically sold my fractional share of AWE and gave me the cash in lieu. Since I have bought several lots of AT&T (and AWE now) as well as all the dividends that were reinvested, I am unsure what lot should I use to consider the tax cost basis for the fractional shares that were sold off. Typically, it should be the first lot that I bought, but I heard that since it is a spin-off or because it is a fractional share, I should just cost average all my lots to determine the cost basis. What is the correct way?


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