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Yeah - I hate these kinds of transactions.

It sounds like you sold all of the stock in the same year AND it was all short term transactions. If so, there's a quick way to get to the right answer. Just total up all of your sales and all of the basis from the stock. Don't try to allocate the basis. Then lie to the software. Put it in as a single transaction.

YES - I know this doesn't follow the typical instruction to report each sale separately. But it gets to the right answer and that's what really counts.

If you don't feel comfortable with that, then report each sale separately, but allocate you basis in some quick and easy manner - perhaps based on the sale prices. Again, it's not technically correct, but it won't affect the bottom line gain or loss.

Keep in mind my caveats above. You have to have sold all of the stock in 2011. And it all has to be either short term or long term transactions.

If you didn't sell it all, the short cut won't work. And if some is short term and some is long term, it won't work either.

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