Tax Lot Accounting

DEFINITION of 'Tax Lot Accounting'

A record keeping technique that traces the dates of purchase and sale, cost basis, and transaction size for each security in your portfolio, even if you make more than one trade in the same security.

BREAKING DOWN 'Tax Lot Accounting'

The goal is to minimize the net present value of your current taxes by deferring the realization of capital gains and recognizing losses sooner.

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RELATED FAQS
  1. Do I have to pay capital gains?

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  2. How long do I need to keep income tax records?

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    I'm thinking of selling my first house, but I just learned that I might have to pay capital gains taxes. I wanted to ... Read Answer >>
  4. How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records?

    Having the right information available when the IRS calls can save you considerable time, money and stress. Learn how long ... Read Answer >>
  5. How do I calculate my gains and/or losses when I sell a stock?

    To begin, you need to know your cost basis, or the price you paid for the stock. If you did not record this information, ... Read Answer >>
  6. How do I figure out my cost basis on a stock investment?

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