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I am 99.9% certain that the Daimler/Chrysler merger was a tax-free excahnge, in which case your DCX stock has the same purchase date and tax basis as your former Chrysler stock. (Your 62 shares of DCX are treated as if purchased in 1996 for $2725)

Tangential issue:
The only "tax" related to the exchange would occur if you received a small "cash in lieu of fractional share". Say you had 100 shares of Chrysler, and received...oh, .6231 shares of DCX per share Chrysler. You would then receive 62 shares of DCX and, say $22 as "cash in lieu of .31 shares". Basically, you are treated as having received 62.31 shares of DCX, and then turning around and selling .31 shares of DCX.

This "cash in lieu" bit is misreported by most people, but the tax effect is really small.

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