A few years ago there were approximately five million people
who were registered to trade stocks on-line1. In April 2000 about 50,000 were day traders3 These numbers are projected to increase
four-fold to more than twenty million households2 and many of them need to make the choice to file
there taxes as an investor
or to file using trader status.
There is no reason why you, as a
qualifying active trader, can not file as a trader status
taxpayer on your own using readily available tax
preparation software. All it takes is your time and a
good, thorough understanding of the methods used to file
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As a securities daytrader you put your expenses on "Schedule C" and a
listing of your trades on Schedule D (if a valid Mark-to-Market election was
made by April 16, 2002 then use form 4797 instead of Schedule D). Answers to many general questions may be obtained via the
site's FAQ listing.
Answers to general common daytrader questions may be obtained via email
once you start your "Schedule C." More detailed information is
available by purchasing our
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M2M for 2003, which requires attaching the election statement to form
4868 and mailing both to the I.R.S. You
may not elect M2M using the telephone method.
Where to file your IRS extension request, form 1040 & estimated taxes:
Where to file your business IRS tax returns:
These are some of the automated "Trade Matching" or "Schedule D" programs available from
other web sites
(some of these may also offer free demo or lower priced versions for a
restricted number of transactions):
investors and on-line traders filing as trader status are
doing their own tax returns right now. Taxpayers who
qualify as a trader for tax purposes, using annually
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professional tax preparation fees each year.
When a taxpayer is audited by the IRS, CPAs generally bill additional
on an hourly basis. Having done your own return and representing
yourself in front of an IRS auditor can sometimes be imposing, but if
you are well prepared it can save you these professional fees as well.
Optionally taxpayer who prepare their own tax returns can retain a CPA
firm to represent them if the IRS auditor comes to them with
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We hope that you
find using the information found on this site and our
email and newsletter to be an invaluable
starting point. Of course this information is only for
discussion purposes and some of the positions discussed
are sophisticated and/or aggressive. Other positions are
basic and conservative. As such, taxpayers may utilize
the information contained therein only at their own risk.
Even though thousands of traders file on their own, we
must make this statement: "All taxpayers are advised
that they should not rely on the information found on
this site and our email and newsletters, but should
retain the guidance of appropriate competent
counsel familiar with their own unique situations."
Beware of the "wash
sale" rule and generally of all the
tax advice found on the internet - such as the examples in our: Tax-
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1 Testimony of Arthur Levitt , Chairman of the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission Before the Senate
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Committee on
Governmental Affairs, Concerning Day Trading September
16, 1999 "Technological advances have also
fostered the development of a new kind of broker-dealer.
These firms promote day trading, which discards many
established investing principles, such as choosing
securities to buy and sell based upon company
fundamentals and performance. This new trading
phenomenon, while well-publicized, is relatively limited
in its reach, with the number of day traders estimated to
be less than 7,000. By comparison, there are close to 80
million individuals that own stock and more than 5
million investors using the Internet for brokerage
2 A study by Jupiter Communications sees the
online brokerage sector increasing assets seven fold from $415 billion
at the end of 1998 to more than $3 trillion by the end of 2003.
Online trading households are expected to grow from 4.3 million in
1998 to more than 20.3 million in 2003. They expect 41% of US
households holding stocks to have online trading accounts in
2003. Gomez Advisors and Harris Interactive project that 2.85
million investors with offline brokerage accounts are
"likely" or "extremely likely" to open an online
brokerage account in the next six months.
3 Bear, Stearns & Co, analyst Amy S. Butte
quoting from a newly completed report entitled "Day Trading and
Beyond: A New Niche is Emerging." This report says that
each day 75% of the online trading volume is done by day traders or