Beware, Expanded Wash Sale Rules Look Through to Owners' IRA Stock Sales
For previous tax update, click here.
The IRS has prohibited a technique used to avoid the wash sale rules. The wash sale rules prevent the recognition of a loss where substantially identical stock or securities are bought within a 61-day period surrounding the sale of a stock at a loss. In the past, individuals could avoid these rules by selling a stock at a loss and then having their IRA repurchase the same stock within the disallowed period. The IRS recently issued a ruling stating that if an individual sells stocks or securities at a loss and their IRA or Roth IRA repurchases a substantially identical position, then the loss will be disallowed. Under the wash sale rules, any disallowed loss is added to the basis of the stock. However, the IRS stated in the ruling that any repurchase occurring through the IRA does not get a basis adjustment.
For more information on this topic, please contact Brian Carter at 312-980-2994 or your Blackman Kallick representative.
©2008 Blackman Kallick
email@example.com or call 312-980-2941. Blackman Kallick Bartelstein LLP is located in Chicago, IL See their website at www.bkadvice.com and phone 312-207-1040.