Because of an investment club decision, if I am forced to sell my AOL shares (she says with tears streaming down her face).....if I rebuy them, is there a certain amount of time I should wait as far as a favorable tax situation???? They would be long term gains involved.Don't want to sell, but if I have to I want to get back to my current position.
As far as gains, there is no time on re purchase, it is only on losses that have the 30 day limited time; the other thing is long term is 12 mo. holding to get favorable treatment on the gains.Best to you.Buy back if you want AOL...and who wouldn't?
[[Because of an investment club decision, if I am forced to sell my AOL shares (she says with tears streaming down her face)]]Geez...I don't blame you. It might be time to find another investment club. [[.....if I rebuy them, is there a certain amount of time I should wait as far as a favorable tax situation???? ]]Nope. You'll OBVIOUSLY sell them for a gain. That being the case, you won't have to worry about the "wash sale" rules. If you would like to read more about the wash sale rules (which kick in when you sell at a LOSS, and then turn around an buy back into the same shares), you can read all about it in the Taxes FAQ area.[[ Don't want to sell, but if I have to I want to get back to my current position.]]But don't think that just by buying the shares back that you'll avoid your share of the gains made by the investment club. It doesn't work like that. If the investment club sells, the taxable gain will be passed through to you (based upon your % holding in the club) regardless of what you do with the money. So buying additional AOL shares will NOT allow you to avoid your share of the taxes on the sale by the club.This is explained in more detail in the TMF Investment Tax Guide. You might want to check it out.TMF TaxesRoyWant to learn more about taxes and investing? Then we have a deal for you!! The Motley Fool Investment Tax Guide is now available through Fool Mart. Be the first one on your block to own this masterpiece. It'll help you with your 1998 taxes, and it's never to early to start planning for your 1999 taxes. So just click on this link (http://www.foolmart.com/market/product.asp?pfid=MF+013+I) to read more about this amazing collection of tax information. (Apologies for the shameless plug…but it is a pretty good book…if I do say so myself). In addition, if you would like to visit the Taxes FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) area, click on http://www.fool.com/school/taxes/taxes.htm and you'll be right at the home page. Check it out. Finally, if you need to get to the IRS web site, click on http://www.irs.ustreas.gov to go directly there.
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