Cost Basis

As part of a tax law that took effect Jan.1, 2011, Scottrade is responsible for tracking and reporting both your cost basis and sales proceeds for securities covered by the tax regulations. The changes to the way cost basis is tracked gives you a more complete and accurate assessment of your cost basis and can help simplify your year-end tax preparation. Keep learning about cost basis and how the new law impacts your account below, and please contact your local Scottrade team with any questions.


Cost Basis Education

Cost Basis FAQ

Guide to Cost Basis (printable PDF)

Cost Basis & Tax Lots

Cost Basis & Your Positions (FAQs)


Calculating Gains & Losses

Tax Strategies

Specifying a Tax Strategy

Adding an Acquisition Date to Non-covered Positions


Words to Know

Cost Basis

Covered Positions

Non-Covered Positions

Capital Gains

Capital Losses

Tax Lot

Tax Lot Number


For more information about tax-related topics, visit the Tax Guide.

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