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Author: Crosenfield Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121351  
Subject: Re: how do i know how much my loss was? Date: 2/9/2001 9:37 PM
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Your broker is required to tell the IRS about anything you sell, and give the amount of the proceeds.
YOU are supposed to keep records of everything you buy. If you didn't keep your confirmation slips, perhaps you can figure from your monthly statements.
Your loss is what the stock cost you minus what you got when you sold it. It is YOUR responsibility to provide that figure, accurately. Note that on schedule D you must give the date you bought the stock, also.
Probably your broker can provide the information if you have "lost" it, but that's being nice, not a requirement.
Next year you will know how these things work and won't be surprised.
Best wishes, Chris
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