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When it comes time for taxes next April, do I claim that small amount of cash as income, or as a sold share?

It's a sold share. When this happens to me, I just claim a zero cost basis. Life is too short to figure out the actual basis on a half share that will change my tax due by $2. Of course, if your half share is worth a few hundred dollars -- that's a different story.

David Jacobs
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