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[[One of my brokerage accounts has multiple purchases and sales of Apple. The cost has been
averaged. Another account with different broker also has Apple stock.

Since the accounts are separate can I use specific lot pricing in the account that has not been
averaged? No sales of Apple have been made from the second account.]]

Sorry, Bill...but you can't "average" your shares for tax purposes. You get FIFO or specific share treatment.

You might want to continue to read the thread and all of the work done by KAT in Chicagoland on this issue. he spent a BUNCH of time exploring this issue and providing some very good explanation.

I also have a post in the Taxes FAQ area about specifying shares. You might want to take a peek.

But, based upon the terms of your question, there should be no reason why you can't "specify" the shares in the different brokerage accounts.

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