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"Column (d)—Sales Price
Enter in this column either the gross sales
price or the net sales price from the sale. If
you sold stocks or bonds and you received a
Form 1099-B (or substitute statement)
from your broker that shows gross sales
price, enter that amount in column (d). But
if Form 1099-B (or substitute statement)
indicates that gross proceeds minus com-
missions and option premiums were re-
ported to the IRS, enter that net amount in
column (d). If you enter the net amount in
column (d), do not include the commis-
sions and option premiums from the sale in
column (e)."

The above is from the IRS instructions for reporting capital gains/losses. The part that is confusing to me is the why we are instructed to excluded any commission from the cost basis in column (e) when reflecting the net proceeds in column (d)? What do the two have to do with each other?
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