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I am prepared to sell all my Walmart shares that I have ...

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I am prepared to sell all my Walmart shares that I have accumulated over 16 years. When it comes to Cost Basis, I know that reinvested dividends and purchase of shares will be included in the Cost Basis. How do I treat the Company Contribution shares (matching 15% of my purchases during my employment) it made over the years toward the Cost Basis? Can I also include the Maintenance Fee as a Cost Basis? I indent to proceed to deduct the purchase price, dividend reinvestment and maintenance fee (that I have a complete record)from the selling price of all my shares to obtain my Capital Gains. And, do I treat the last four quarter dividend payments in additional shares as short term capital gain?

Was the Company contribution shares included as income on your W-2?


Customer: replied 9 years ago.
I believe it was. I may have to dig up old pay statements. Should be standard procedure for a company to include the contribution as income.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
I have found the pay statements and the Company contributions were included as income. Do these amounts qualify as a Cost Basis?

You cost basis will be the purchase price paid by you, the dividend reinvestment and the amount that company included as income for the 15% contribution shares.

Maintenance fees is not an expense related to selling or purchasing the shares. It is fees related to maintaining your account and hence will not be part of the cost basis unless it is related to selling or purchasing the shares.

Yes, the sale of shares related to the dividend reinvestment in the immediately preceding year will be considered short term capital gain.


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