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Author: bpd 10+ Year Anniversary! Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 124951  
Subject: Wash sale Date: 12/5/1997 2:00 PM
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Need some advice due to a really stupid move on my part. Here's the situation. I have purchased a total of 130 shares of Cymer (CYMI) in three different lots. The first two lots total 90 shares and show a substantial loss. Today (12/5), I decided to sell these 90 shares for a year-end tax loss, planning to try to pick shares up again after 31 days. Unfortunately, I forgot to check the purchase date on the remaining 40 shares, which happened to be 11/5. If I am correct in my interpretation of wash-sale rules, this would mean my capital loss would be disallowed on 40 of the shares I sold. Had I waited until Monday to sell, there would have been no problem.

What is my best option? If I sell the remaining 40 today, I should be able to deduct the loss as long as I don't repurchase any shares before Jan I right? Any other better options?

Thanks for your help,

Ben Davenport
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