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You take those twenty years of statements and add up the purchase costs for all the shares. Normally the statement from the last quarter of each year will have all the transactions for that year. If you don't have the statements you can ask GM if they can recapture the transactions for you.

If they can't help you, you have an interesting problem. If you know the amount of the dividend for each quarter you can use past stock prices and try to reconstruct the cost data you need. Many companies have the stock price and dividend enfo on the company website under investor information.

The IRS expects you to tell them how much you paid for the stock, when you bought it, (You can use the word 'various' on the schedule), and how much you sold it for. Then you can subtract the cost from the selling price and either show a gain or loss.

If you can't reconstruct the cost data the only thing you can do is use zero for your costs and pay taxes on the total selling price. So it will pay you to do some work to get the cost data together.

The frequently - asked - questions data set, link to the right, probably has some more help for you.

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