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line 2 (stocks bonds etc... reported to irs): some huge positive number (since i made a lot of trades)

Such is trading.

Your broker has no obligation to track your Cost Basis in the investments, which is usually equal to what you paid + commissions.

I don't know about Datek or TD, but CSFB, my broker was nice to me and sent me a trade history, that includes all my purchases and their prices for the year.

This won't help with long term transactions, things you bought last year and sold this year, you need to have your own records for that.

You should always always always have records of your cost basis of any investments you own, I keep mine in several places, on a spreadsheet that can calculate my total gain/loss for the year, in a text file with my trading history in it, and then also in the trade confirmations that the broker sent me.

Cost basis' are honor system, that is the IRS has no way to know what you paid for a stock, but if you are audited, you have the burdon of proof on you to prove what you really paid. Don't skip around on the record keeping here.

You really should have known this before diving into heavy trading, and you might want to consider some more research onto tax issues before you continue heavy trading. It only gets a lot more complicated from here.
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