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That is the basis of my question - why am I getting 1099-Bs?

If it was only one company, I would guess it was simply an error, but I have received three from three different companies.


It could still simply be an error - or, well, 3 of them. If I were you, I would contact the companies. Perhaps their records indicate the stock was indeed sold, and then cash given out, and then the stock re-bought in the brokerage account.

Do you have the brokerage account statements? Do they indicate a cash deposit and a stock purchase? Or do they indicate a transfer in of shares?

If its the latter, and if the companies won't correct their 1099s, you may just have to file correctly (i.e. not like the 1099s) and be prepared to offer the IRS some proof (such as a copy of the brokerage statement) when you get a letter about it.
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