Unclaimed Property

U.S. financial institutions, including IB, are subject to state statutes which require that client accounts deemed "abandoned" be turned over to the state in which the client resides.  These statutes are intended to protect consumers who may have lost contact with the financial institution as funds which have been turned over or escheated are then held by the state who, in turn, attempts to contact the owner or their heirs and return the funds.

The definition of abandonment varies by state but generally refers to accounts which have had no activity or contact for an extended period, in some cases as little as 3 years. To minimize the likelihood of an account being classified as abandoned, IB will attempt to contact inactive clients and have them simply log into their account, at which point the account is considered active for purposes of these statutes.

If an account is determined to be abandoned, IB remit the balance to the state in which the client resides which may result in positions being liquidated.  In the case of clients who reside outside the U.S., the funds will be remitted to IB's state of incorporation, Connecticut.

Once funds have been escheated to a state, they cannot be retrieved by or through IB. Clients, however, may directly claim the assets from the state to which they were escheated.  Most states maintain a public website which allows one to search their unclaimed property database and initiate a claim for assets. In addition, the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators maintains a website containing links to each of the individual state's databases: www.unclaimed.org.

 

Wie kann ich das IB Sicherheitsgerät an Interactive Brokers LLC zurückschicken?

Background: 

Falls Sie Ihr Sicherheitsgerät an IB zurückschicken müssen (durch Beschädigung, Kontokonsolidierung oder Kontoschliessung), folgen Sie bitte den unten aufgelisteten Instruktionen:

 

Falls Sie Ihr Sicherheitsgerät an IB zurückschicken müssen (durch Beschädigung, Kontokonsolidierung oder Kontoschliessung), folgen Sie bitte den unten aufgelisteten Instruktionen:

  1. Laden und drucken Sie das Sicherheitslogingerät Rücksendeformular.
  2. Füllen Sie das Formular aus und packen Sie es zusammen mit dem Sicherheitsgerät ein.
  3. Schicken Sie das Paket an eine der unten aufgeführten Adressen.

Zu Ihrem Schutz empfehlen wir Ihnen einen gepolsterten Umschlag und einen Kurierservice mit Verfolgungsnummer (z.B. UPS, FedEx, DHL oder Deutsche Post Express Post) zu benutzen, da Sie für die Rücksendung verantwortlich sind im Falle eines Verlusts auf dem Weg zu unseren Büros. Bitte erlauben Sie die Dauer von 3 Tagen für den Erhalt und die Entfernung des Sicherheitsgeräts von Ihrem Konto. Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Lieferungszeit je nach Kurier Verspätung haben kann.

Zusätzliche Aktionen für Ersatzgeräte
Falls dies eine Ersatzgeräterücksendung und keine Kontoschliessungsrücksendung ist, rufen Sie bitte unsere technische Hilfsdienstabteilung unter 00800-42-276537 Option 2, 3 und die 2 an, um uns über Ihr defektes Gerät zu informieren und, damit wir Ihnen einen temporären Token zum weiteren Einloggen in die Kontoverwaltung und Trader Workstation aktivieren und zur Verfügung stellen können, bis das neue Ersatzgerät bei Ihnen eingetroffen ist. IB stellt mehrere verschiedene Gerätetypen zur Verfügung und die Ersatzprozederen dafür sind unten aufgeführt:
 

Für Platinum User:
Falls Sie Ihr Platinum Sicherheitslogingerät zurückschicken (Bild 1) und ein Ersatzgerät benötigen, müssen Sie in der Kontoverwaltung ein neues Gerät beantragen. Dies ist nötig wegen der erhöhten Sicherheitsfunktionen dieses Geräts. Sie können nur ein neues Gerät beantragen sobald IB den Erhalt des zurückgesendeten Geräts bestätigt hat, weil nur ein Sicherheitsgerät an einen User des Kontos gelinked werden kann. Nach der Anfrage stellen Sie bitte sicher, dass Sie die Bestätigungsseite der Anfrage, welche Ihre zur Aktivierung benötigten PIN Nummer und Ihren einzigartigen Passsatz enthält, ausdrucken.

Exhibit 1

 

Für Alpine User:
Falls Sie ein Alpine Sicherheitslogingerät zurückschicken (Bild 2), wird IB ein Ersatzgerät basierend auf der positiven Eingabe 'Ja' auf die Frage 'Benötigen Sie ein Ersatzgerät?' des SLS Rücksendefomulars reagieren. Es benötigt keine weiteren Aktionen auf unserer Webseite.

Exhibit 2

 

Für Digitale Sicherheitskarten (DSC) User:
Falls Sie eine Digitale Sicherheitskarte zurückschicken und ein Ersatzgerät benötigen, loggen Sie sich in die Kontoverwaltung ein und bestellen eine neue Karte. Dies ist nötig wegen der PIN Funktion dieser Karte. Bitte merken Sie sich Ihren PIN für den Aktivierunsprozess der Karte.

 

Für Sichereitsloginkarten User:
Dieser Kartentyp muss nicht zurückgeschickt werden und kann zerstört werden.

Postadresse für US & Kanadische Kunden: Postadresse für EU & Asiatische Kunden: Postadresse für  Australische Kunden:
Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
2 Pickwick Plaza
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 618-4006

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) LTD.
Attn: Token Return Department
Gotthardstrasse 3
CH-6301 Zug
Switzerland
+41-41-726-9500

Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
Grosvenor Place, Level 42
225 George Street
Sydney, 2000
+61 (2) 8093-7300

Kontoschliessung
Nach Schliessung des Kontos und Rücksendung des Sicherheitsgeräts können Sie sich weiterhin in die Kontoverwaltung einloggen um Kontoauszüge oder Steuerformulare anzuschauen und/oder zu drucken. Nach der Schliessung können Sie sich ohne das Sicherheitsgerät mithilfe von Usernamen und Passwort in die Kontoverwaltung einloggen.

 
Für weitere Fragen oder Unklarheiten wenden Sie sich bitte an unsere erfahrenen Sicherheitsspezialisten unter 00800-42-276537 Option 2, 3 und die 2, oder schicken Sie eine Email an tac@interactivebrokers.com
 
Für Informationen zur Ersatzgerätegebühr für verlorene, gestohlene, zerstörte oder nicht zurückgeschickte Sicherheitsgeräte schauen Sie sich KB1861 an.

 

Security Device Replacement Charge

Account holders logging into their account via IB's Secure Login System are issued a security device, which provides an additional layer of protection to that afforded by the user name and password, and which is intended to prevent on-line hackers and other unauthorized individuals from accessing their account. While IB does not charge any fee for the use of the device, certain versions require that the account holder return the device upon account closing or incur a replacement fee.  Existing account holders are also subject to this replacement fee in the event their device is lost, stolen or damaged (note that there is no fee to replace a device returned as a result of battery failure). 

In addition, while IB does not assess a replacement fee unless a determination has been made that the device has been lost, stolen, damaged or not returned, a reserve equal to the fee will placed upon the account upon issuance of the device to secure its return.  This reserve will have no effect upon the equity of the account available for trading, but will act as limit to full withdrawals or transfers until such time the device is returned (i.e., cannot withdraw the reserve balance).

Outlined below are the replacement fee associated with each device.

SECURITY DEVICE REPLACEMENT FEE
Security Code Card $0.001
Digital Security Card    $0.002
Alpine Device $0.002
Digital Security Card + $20.00 
Gold Device $0.002
Platinum Device $0.002

For instructions regarding the return of security devices, please see KB975

 

1 The Security Code Card is not required to be returned upon account closing and may be destroyed and discarded once remaining funds have been returned and the account has been fully closed. Access to Account Management after closure for purposes of viewing and retrieving activity statements and tax documents is maintained using solely the existing user name and password combination.

2 IB is no longer issuing a replacement for this Security Device. Account holders using this device are encouraged to log into Account Management and request a replacement device. Please see here for directions.

口座解約手続き

口座解約方法

口座解約をご希望のお客様は、以下の指示に従い口座解約のお手続きを開始してください。

IBLLC口座をお持ちのお客様で基準通貨をUSDに設定されているお客様は、口座解約時の出金方法として銀行送金だけでなく、米国銀行を利用したACHや小切手での出金もご利用いただけます。基準通貨がUSD以外のお客様につきましては、ご登録いただいている出金先銀行へ口座解約時の残高を送金いたします。IBSJ口座のお客様は、基準通貨がUSD以外のお客様と同様、銀行送金の扱いとなります。


ステップ1:ポジションを決済・移管
お口座内にあるポジションをすべて決済、または他の証券会社へ移管してください。


ステップ2:基準通貨以外の通貨を決済
口座解約時は、基準通貨でのご出金となりますため、基準通貨以外の通貨ポジションをお持ちの場合は、すべて基準通貨へと変換してください。基準通貨へ変換するための決済注文は、トレーダーワークステーションにて行ってください。発注方法等ご不明な点がございましたら、カスタマーサービスまでお問い合わせください。


ステップ3:ご登録の口座番号の確認
口座解約時の出金は基準通貨での出金となります。出金先の銀行情報をご登録頂いた上で、出金可能額を出金してください。基準通貨がUSD以外のお客様は、銀行送金での出金となります。出金方法につきましては、以下リンクをご参照ください。既に基準通貨での出金先をご登録いただいているお客様は、出金先情報に誤りがないことをアカウントマネジメントの資金管理ページにてご確認ください。

http://ibkb.interactivebrokers.com/node/1739



ステップ4:マーケットデータの解約
現在ご購読中のマーケットデータの解約を行ってください。解約手続きは、アカウントマネジメント内の「マーケットデータの購読」メニューより、解約するデータのチェックボックスよりチェックを外すことで行っていただけます。必ず最後の確認画面まで進んでください。

アカウントマネジメントのメニューが上部に表示されている場合:「トレーディングアクセス」→「マーケットデータの購読」

アカウントマネジメントのメニューが左側に表示されている場合:「取引」→「設定」→「マーケットデータの購読」


ステップ5:セキュリティ・ディバイスの返却
セキュアログイン・システムをお使いのお客様はディバイスの返却が必要となります。ディバイスの返却がされていない状態ですと、お口座の現金残高より150ドル分が返却されるまでの間ホールドの状態になります。詳細は、英語になりますが、以下リンクをご参照ください。 なお、セキュリティ・コードカードの返却は必要ございません。
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/accounts/secureTransactionProgram.php


ステップ6:出金ホールド期間に当たる資金があるか確認
ご入金を最近されたお客様は、ホールド期間(出金制限期間)に当たる資金がないことを確認してください。口座解約時においてもこの期間内の出金はできませんので、ご了承ください。詳細は、英語になりますが、以下リンクをご参照ください。
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/accounts/depositInstructions.php


ステップ7:必要なステートメントの出力・保存
口座解約後のアカウントマネジメントへのアクセスは限られておりますので、口座解約が完了するまでに必要なアクティビティ・ステートメント(取引報告書)を出力・保存してください。なお、口座解約より一定期間は現在のユーザ名・パスワードを使い、ステートメントへアクセスしていただくことができます。


ステップ8:口座解約リクエストをオンライン上で登録
上記ステップすべて完了しましたら、アカウントマネジメント内の「口座解約」より口座解約リクエストをご登録ください。口座解約リクエストの中で解約理由をご記入いただく欄がございますので、必ずご記入いただけますようお願い申し上げます。必要事項の記入が完了しましたら「送信」ボタンをクリックし、リクエストを送信してください。

アカウントマネジメントのメニューが上部に表示されている場合:「口座管理」→「設定」→「口座解約」

アカウントマネジメントのメニューが左側に表示されている場合:「口座管理」→「口座解約」

 


配当、金利、その他コーポレとアクションに関連した支払いが発生する場合、口座解約のリクエストを受けてから3か月間、口座は開いたままの状態になります。全て処理・支払が完了いたしましたら、完全に閉設されます。口座の解約状況につきましては、「口座解約」ページにてご確認ください。

※上記ステップを完了された後にお客様の口座解約プロセスが開始されます。月々の最低手数料は、上記ステップを完了するまで対象となります。また、セキュリティディバイスの返却が完了するまで、ホールドされている資金の出金はできませんのでご了承ください。

Closing FX Positions Denominated in a Settlement Currency

Price quoting for Forex pairs on IdealPro is subject to an industry convention whereby the relationship between the first pair (transaction currency) and second pair (settlement currency) is fixed and cannot be inverted.  Considering, for example, pairs involving the USD, the following are examples where the USD is listed as the transaction currency: USD.CAD, USD.JPY and USD.CHF.  Similarly, the GBP.USD, EUR.USD and AUD.USD are examples where the USD is listed as the settlement currency (a complete listing of quoting conventions for pairs executable via IdealPro can be found by typing IdealPro into the IB website search engine). 

These quoting conventions introduce special considerations when one is attempting to close out a specific cash balance denominated in a settlement currency which, based upon the current quote, may not be able to be closed out in its entirety.  To illustrate, assume the following transactions: 

Day 1: Account holder maintaining USD 300,000 in a USD base currency account buys 10,000 shares of stock XYZ which is denominated in CAD at a price of 50.00.  Also assume that the account holder does not convert USD into CAD prior to the stock purchase and therefore borrows the CAD necessary to settle the trade from IB. The USD.CAD closes at 1.0526 and XYZ at CAD 50.00 (no unrealized gain or loss). The end of day account balance is as follows:

Position

Position in Local Currency

Position Translated into Base Currency

Cash - USD 300,000.00 $300,000.00 
Cash - CAD (500,000.00) ($475,014.25)
Stock - XYZ 500,000.00 $475,014.25 
NLV (in Base)   $300,000.00 

Day 2: Assume no trade activity, the USD.CAD closes that day at 1.0309 and XYZ closes at CAD 52.00. (unrealized gain of USD 19,400.52). The end of day account balance is as follows:

Position

Position in Local Currency

Position Translated into Base Currency

Cash - USD 300,000.00  $300,000.00 
Cash - CAD (500,000.00) ($485,013.10)
Stock - XYZ 520,000.00 $504,413.62
NLV (in Base)   $319,400.52

Day 3: Account holder sells the 10,000 shares of XYZ at CAD 53.00 and the USD.CAD closes unchanged at 1.0309 (unrealized gain of USD 29,100.79).  The end of day account balance is as follows:

Position

Position in Local Currency

Position Translated into Base Currency

Cash - USD 300,000.00  $300,000.00
Cash - CAD  30,000.00  $29,100.79
Stock - XYZ  0.00  $0.00
NLV (in Base)    $329,100.79

Day 4: Account holder seeks to close out the CAD 30,000.00 cash balance through the sale of CAD vs. the purchase of USD. Due to the quoting convention of this pair in which the order must be specified in a quantity of USD, the account holder is required to determine the USD equivalent of CAD 30,000.00 at the desired trade price.  Assuming the account holder seeks to close the position at the market price of 1.0253 an order to buy 29,259 USD.CAD would be entered which, if executed, will result in a residual long CAD balance of 0.75. The end of day account balance is displayed below:

Position

Position in Local Currency

Position Translated into Base Currency

Cash - USD 329,259.00 $329,259.00
Cash - CAD 0.75 $0.73
Stock - XYZ 0.00 $0.00
NLV (in Base)   $329,259.73

Note, however, that in accordance with IB's policies regarding nominal Forex balances, residual balances of less than USD 5.00 equivalent will automatically be converted into the account holder's base currency upon settlement assuming no subsequent trade activity in that non-base currency has taken place in the interim. This is intended to minimize the actions required of the account holder to convert nominal non-base currency balances back into the designated base currency and also to convert fractional balances which could otherwise not be converted. IB does not charge a commission for these automated conversions.

Cost Basis Reporting

 

1099 Reporting

Year End Reports

Account Transfers

 

1099 Reporting 

Statement and Year End Reporting for US persons and entities comprises the following:

1.  Cost Basis:  While the required reporting schedule was staggered, the primary cost basis that will be reported to the IRS includes equities bought and sold after December 31, 2010.  This includes the adjusted cost basis resulting from wash sales and corporate actions.

The future phase-in period for broker reporting includes the assets sold on or after the following dates:

--- Mutual Funds and  ETFS - 1/1/2012

--- Simple debt instruments (i.e. treasuries, fixed-rate bonds & municipal bonds) and options,  - 1/1/2014

--- Other debt instruments - 1/1/2016

2.  Tax Basis Method:  Brokers are required to use the method first in, first out (FIFO), unless given other instructions by an investor.  Changes to your tax basis method may be submitted through the Tax Optimizer.  The Tax Optimizer is launched from within Account Management and is available for stock, option, bond, warrant and single-stock future trades.  

IB offers multiple  tax basis methods, including three basic options:

●        First In, First Out (FIFO) - This is the default option.  FIFO assumes that the oldest security in inventory is matched to the most recently sold security.

●         Last In, First Out (LIFO) - LIFO assumes that the newest security acquired is sold first.

●         Specific Lot - Lets you see all of your tax lots and closing trades, then manually match lots to trades. Specific Lot is not available as the Account Default Match Method.

Tax Optimizer also lets you select the following additional derivatives of the specific identification method.

●        Highest Cost (HC), Maximize Long-Term Gain (MLTG), Maximize Long-Term Loss (MLTG), Maximize Short-Term Gain (MSTG), and Maximize Short-Term Loss(MSTL).


For complete instructions on using the Tax Optimizer and details on the lot-matching algorithms for each method, see the Tax Optimizer Users Guide.

Note:  Changing your tax basis is effective immediately.  The basis selected will be applied to all subsequent trades on the account statements and tax reports.  Updates will not affect previously closed trades nor the TWS profit and loss data displayed.


3.  Gain & Loss Categories:  An additional requirement to the cost basis reporting is the capital gain or loss category.  The gain or loss category of equities is determined by the length of time in which the security was held, known as the "holding period." 

●         Short-Term - Holding periods of one year or less are categorized as "short-term."

●         Long-Term  - Holding periods over one year are categorized as "long-term."

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Year End Reports

The following statements and reports display cost basis information that will be reported on Form 1099-B for eligible accounts.

  • Monthly Account Statements
  • Annual Account Statements 
  • Worksheet for Form 8949

For a complete review of the tax information and year end reporting available, click here.

Note:  Unlike the Account Statements, the Gain & Loss Worksheet for Form 8949 may consolidate sell trades.  The cost basis will be adjusted, as required for 1099-B reporting.

 

Asset Transfers

U.S. legislation from 2008 included new guidelines for tax reporting by U.S. financial institutions.  Effective January 2011, U.S.  Brokers are required to report cost basis on sold assets, whether or not a gain/loss is short-term (held one year or less) or long-term (held more than one year).   U.S. brokerage firms, Interactive Brokers LLC (IB) included, implemented changes to comply with the legislation.

For more information on cost basis with asset transfers, see Cost Basis & Asset Transfers.

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Disclaimer:  IB does not provide tax advice. 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 international, federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor. We recommend that you consult a qualified tax adviser or refer to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

How can I close out the nominal FOREX positions in my account?

When account holders enter into transactions with instruments which are denominated in a non-Base Currency, the resultant profit or loss along with any interest charges (in the event of a margin loan) will remain in the currency in which the product was denominated until such time the account holder acts to close the currency position(s). This responsibility rests with the account holder as closing the position requires acceptance of a conversion price which is likely to be subject to continuous fluctuation similar to any other financial instrument.

There are limited instances in which IB will act to close a non-Base Currency position including the following:

1. In situations where a margin deficiency exists and the position is closed in an effort to restore margin compliance; and

2. If the non-Base Currency balance is deemed to be nominal. Nominal balances are defined as those below USD 5.00, or equivalent.  Such balances are regularly swept once settlement has been completed into the Base Currency as long as no other unsettled activity remains. Note that balances which are accrued but not yet posted, such as interest debits and credits, are not subject to being swept while in an accrual state.

3. If the account equity is deemed to be nominal.  Here, if the account balance is below USD 80.00, or equivalent, the balance consists solely of cash and there has been no trade activity over the prior 10 business days, all non-Base Currency balances will be unwound and converted into the Base Currency. Note that this logic does not apply to accounts managed by a financial advisor or carried on behalf of an introducing broker.

4. If the account has selected the Close Account option in Account Management.  Here, all non-Base Currency balances not greater than 1,000 USD equivalents will be automatically converted into the Base Currency.

IB does provide an expedited process to assist account holders who wish to close all non-Base Currency positions collectively. To use this process, start by clicking on the Account button at the top of the TWS, which opens up a window displaying account balances including cash positions in all denominations. In the section titled 'Market Value - Real FX Balance" right click on any row to from the drop down menu select the option titled 'Close All Non-Base Currency Positions'. Upon clicking that link, the account holder will be guided though a series of steps which will create a market order to close any non-Base Currency positions.

NOTE: Commissions are charged on FOREX conversions initiated by the account holder but not on those initiated by IB for the purpose of closing a nominal balance as noted above. IB will charge a commission if the position was liquidated in order to restore margin compliance.

Glossary terms: 

How can I access historical statements and how will I obtain tax reports once my account has been closed?

Background: 

After an account has been closed, the account holder will continue to be provided access to their Account Management for the purpose of reviewing and printing historical statements along with historical as well as the following year's tax forms (once issued).  Access is provided using the same user name and password combination in place at the time of closing.  Accounts which were enrolled in the Secure Transaction Program will no longer need a security device to log into their account.

Does IB provide for a dormant or inactive account status?

 

As the IB business model, by design, is oriented towards active traders, there is no provision for dormant or inactive account status.  As long as an account remains funded it will be subject to the monthly minimum activity fee of USD 10 if the account balance is above USD 2,000 (or equivalent) and USD 20 once the account balance falls below USD 2,000 (this minimum activity fee is set at USD 3 for account holders age 25 and under).   Also, should the account balance falls below USD 2,000 IB is precluded, by regulation, from affording margin treatment to securities positions.   In addition, account holders will also be billed for any market data subscriptions maintained and, as a matter of policy, will have subscriptions terminated automatically when the account balance falls below USD 500.

Also note that the monthly minimum activity fee will continue to be assessed until such time the account no longer has equity, at which point it will be automatically closed. Any request to re-open a closed account will require that the account be funded with the minimum account opening deposit of US 10,000, or equivalent. Customers should be aware that the minimum monthly activity fee will be applied even if the minimum opening deposit is not received.

Individuals seeking to close an account are encouraged to refer to the section on our website under the menu items Accounts and then Close an Account to familiarize themselves with the steps and prerequisites for taking this action.

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