VIDEO! Tax-Return Reporting Of Company Stock Sales: How To Avoid Overpaying Taxes
Running time: 8:05. In plain English, the tax experts at myStockOptions.com discuss the rules for reporting stock sales on your tax return, along with major errors to avoid if the shares you sold came from stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, stock appreciation rights, or an employee stock purchase plan. The video demystifies the "cost basis" of shares acquired from equity compensation and explains why it is crucial to understand your cost basis to avoid overpaying your taxes.
The video also covers recent modifications of IRS rules, how these changes restricted what brokers can report on Form 1099-B for stock sales, and the related adjustments you must make on your tax return. Included are examples and annotated versions of key IRS forms to show the correct way to report your taxes and prevent costly mistakes. The video ends with key takeaways to remember so that you do not overpay taxes and attract unwanted IRS attention.
See also the video on tax-return forms and reporting rules.