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Subject:  Re: Basis question Date:  8/9/2012  3:44 PM
Author:  ptheland Number:  116521 of 124537

I'm getting an early start on my 2012 taxes.

I'm sorry. Planning ahead is not allowed. You may not ask this question until April 13, 2013. ;-)

Way back in the heady days of 1998 I bought 200 shares of CBS.


In 2000, that turned into 217 shares of Viacom. There was no cash paid out at the time -- no cash-in-lieu, no partial dividends, no nothing. Just the 217 shares.

Good. Your basis in the 217 shares of Viacom is same as your basis in the 200 shares of CBS - namely your purchase price plus any commission or fees paid at the time of purchase. At this point, please DO NOT think in d