22 June 2022 22:26

Wash sale rule impact on different scenarios between different types of accounts

Does the wash rule apply to different accounts?

The wash sales rule applies per investor, not per account. Selling shares from one account and buying them in another is not a work-around. Brokers track and report wash sales within the same account and include the sales in the gain and loss report to the IRS.

Are wash sales account specific?

When an investor holds several different investment accounts, wash-sale rules apply to the investor, rather than to a specific account.

Does wash sale apply to different stocks?

The wash sale rule only applies to transactions for the exact same security (CUSIP #).

Do wash sales apply to options with different expirations?

Buying another call option on the same stock within the wash sale period may be viewed as a wash sale even if the new call option has a different expiration or a different strike price. The IRS might assert that you have a wash sale if you buy XYZ stock, especially if the call was in the money when you sold it.

Does wash sale rule apply to IRA account?

Shares held within an IRA do not observe the wash sale rules, because the IRS doesn’t keep track of your gains and losses within an IRA. Except for nondeductible contributions, you pay your marginal tax rate when money exits your traditional IRA.

Does wash sale apply to 401k accounts?

While IRS Revenue Ruling 2008-5 December 21, 2007 references IRAs, it is safe to say that this ruling also applies to solo 401k plans as is most often the case.

Is the wash sale rule based on trade date or settlement date?

For example, the 61-day wash sale period includes the date of sale plus the 30 calendar days before and after that date. The time between the transaction date and settlement date can be anywhere from two to five days, depending on whether a holiday and/or weekend intervenes.

How do day traders avoid wash sales?

To avoid this unpleasant situation, close the open position that has a large wash sale loss attached to it and do not trade this stock again for 31 days. Avoid trading the same security in your taxable and non-taxable IRA accounts.

How do you count days for wash sale rule?

The wash sale period for any sale at a loss consists of 61 days: the day of the sale, the 30 days before the sale and the 30 days after the sale. (These are calendar days, not trading days.

Does rolling calls count as a wash sale?

A common wash sale question is with rolling options. For example, let’s say it’s January, and you sell a monthly January XYZ 100-strike put, and it gets tested, so you end up rolling the option month over month for six straight months.

Do options trigger wash sales?

Wash sales ONLY apply to losses. Therefore, if there is a gain on the disposition of stock or options, by definition there is no wash sale. Basis – the cost basis of the newly acquired stock or option that triggered the wash sale is INCREASED by the disallowed loss.

Does rolling over options trigger wash sale?

Congress amended the wash sale rule in 1988 so that it applies directly to contracts or options to buy or sell stock or securities. That means you can have a wash sale when you close an option position at a loss, if you establish a replacement position within the wash sale period.

Do wash sales expire?

You’ll only have until the end of the calendar year to position your portfolio to be in compliance. So you must clear wash sales by Dec. 31 to be able to claim any associated loss on that year’s tax return.

Are wash sales reported to IRS?

Reporting Wash Sales on Form 8949
Brokers should report wash sales to the IRS on Form 1099-B and provide a copy of the form to the investor, but they’re only required to do so per account based on identical positions. This means that transactions can—and often do—fall through the cracks.

Does wash sale rule apply to Roth IRA?

Since your purchase in the wash sale did not increase your basis, the total value of the proceeds from those shares is taxable when distributed from your IRA. The same rule applies to non-qualified distributions from a Roth IRA in that the wash sale does not increase the basis in the Roth IRA.

Can you have a wash sale in a retirement account?

Wash sales can occur at anytime – except if a Mark-to-Market election is in place. One particularly onerous IRS position is that a wash sale is created when substantially identical securities are purchased inside an IRA or Roth IRA within the 30-day before/after parameter when a LOSS in a TAXABLE account is sustained.

Do wash sale rules apply to mutual funds?

Q: Do the wash sale rules apply to ETFs, mutual funds and options? Yes, if the security has a CUSIP number, then it’s subject to wash-sale rules. In addition, selling a stock at a loss and then buying an option on that same stock will trigger the wash-sale rule.

Does IRS audit wash sales?

The IRS will probably audit some of their clients over wash sales and agents will likely propose tax changes, including tax liability, penalties and interest.

Does TurboTax calculate wash sales?

Yes, if the wash sales are entered correctly TurboTax will calculate then correctly.

What happens if I don’t report wash sales?

A broker may report no wash sales when in fact a taxpayer may have many wash sale losses. A taxpayer may permanently lose a wash sale loss between a taxable and IRA account, but a broker will never report that on a 1099-B.