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I promise I looked through the FAQ and read a couple of TMFTaxes' greatest hits before I posted this. I couldn't find what kind of a paper trail I need to do my taxes.

Here's the story:

I recently got the statement from my online broker telling me the income I received from selling stocks this year. What it failed to say was how much I lost on each one. Yes, they were all dogs and I lost money. I know I must be the only Fool for who that happened this year.

My question is: How will my tax advisor know what the cost basis for each is so that I get a write off (if that's the right term)?

I'm crossing my fingers hoping that you won't tell me to find those pieces of paper that I was sent to confirm the trades when they were made years ago. (If that's the case, how come they don't come with a big red warning, "DON'T THROW THIS AWAY! YOU NEED IT FOR TAX PURPOSES, YOU DOPE!")

If I do need those pieces of paper, how do you suggest getting ahold of them (again).

Thanks,

Russell
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