The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 introduced cost basis reporting requirements for U.S. firms. The law now requires firms to include cost basis and the holding period of closed positions on tax forms for US persons/entities.
This article outlines a few things that affect cost basis information with asset transfers.
Cost Basis information may follow the movement of assets between accounts, both internal asset transfers and external asset transfers. The following information goes into more detail on these.
Assets Received From Another Firm
Assets Transferred Between IB Accounts
Assets Delivered Out To Another Firm
Covered Securities > Assets that US firms will report cost basis to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Form 1099. Taxpayers will use the reported data with their tax filing.
Non-Covered Securities > Assets that US firms may report cost basis to the IRS. Taxpayers will report cost basis to the IRS.
By law, Firms that transfer customer assets to another financial institution must also deliver cost basis information to the new firm within 15 days of the asset delivery.
The cost basis data may not automatically transfer into IB LLC. If the delivering firm knows the lots to be “Non-Covered,” then firms are not required to send any cost basis.
- When can I expect my Cost Basis to update after the transfer of a “Covered Security”?
If the delivering firm participates in the Cost Basis Reporting Service (CBRS), then IB LLC usually receives the data within 10 business days after the assets post to an IB account.
- When can I expect my Cost Basis to update after the transfer of a “Non-Covered Security”?
Your account may not reflect an updated cost basis. The Activity Statements will display a unit price as of the closing price on the asset transfer date.
When the delivering firm fails to send cost basis data, then the transferred assets are considered uncovered for the purposes of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. IB will flag the assets as Non-Covered and will not include the cost basis data on any tax forms or reports.
- What are your options when the other firm does not send any cost basis data to IB LLC?
For a “Covered Security,” clients should contact the delivering firm and request transmission of the cost basis directly to IB LLC. The other firm must send the information directly to IB.
For a “Non-Covered Security,” clients should retain the original cost basis for their records and consult their tax advisor. IB will flag the asset as non-covered and will NOT report cost basis information to the IRS. Clients will remain responsible to report non-covered security transactions with the correct cost basis to the IRS.
- Can clients send cost basis information to IB for their transferred securities?
No, regulations prohibit IB from form accepting customer-furnished cost basis data on covered securities for US persons and entities.
Cost basis information will follow internal account-to-account transfers at IB and other movements of securities with like-titled accounts.
By default, IB delivers cost basis information to other firms with all outgoing asset transfers electronically via the Cost Basis Reporting Service (CBRS). IB does not send paper Cost Basis Transfer Statements.
For information about when all tax forms are made available, go to our Tax Information and Reporting page, then click the Reports & Dates tab.
IRS Circular 230 Notice: These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor.