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Author: zman49 Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 124931  
Subject: The regs have not been written Date: 4/22/2000 11:22 PM
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I have a number of "straddle" situations, sometimes with several different positions, where one side is larger than the other. When the straddle rules were implemented it was anticipated that regulations clarifying how to deal with such situations would be written however, after many hours of research, I can safely say they have not been published.

Without the regulations I have no way of determining which parts of which positions to include in the straddle. In a weak momement I even called the IRS to ask. (They are not allowed to answer questions about straddles.) I even went to a law libarary and spent several hours looking through tax court rulings to try to find some precident, to no avail. (I guess I should not have expected the court to do the IRS' work for them.) I also was unable to find any temporary regulations which helped.

Can anyone offer any suggestions on how to handle this.

Many thanks,
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