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What do I need to do for 401k stock rolled over to a taxable account for NUA treatment in Sept 2016? (I haven't sold any yet.)

I rolled over my company highly-appreciated preferred shares from my tax-deferred company account to my (non-retirement) taxable brokerage account in Sept 2016 to take advantage of NUA treatment.  I have not sold any shares yet.  My understanding is that the cost basis was reset when I moved them, and that I have should leave them there for at least one year to be able to qualify for long-term capital gains taxation.  Does this sound right to you?  Is there anything I have to report in the 2016 taxes?

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What do I need to do for 401k stock rolled over to a taxable account for NUA treatment in Sept 2016? (I haven't sold any yet.)

You should have received a 1099-R for the disbursement so presumably you've already reported that.

"My understanding is that the cost basis was reset when I moved them, and that I have should leave them there for at least one year to be able to qualify for long-term capital gains taxation."

Your understanding is not exactly correct.  Typically the 1099-R in this situation will have 3 boxes filled in, Box 1, Box 2a and Box 6 which is the difference between Box 1 and Box 2a.  You get taxed on the Box 2a amount and that's the basis of the stock. 

The NUA is "long term" by definition.  You could sell the stock the same day you received it and get LTCG treatment.  If the price changes from the price at distribution then the "differential" in the price is long term or short term gain or loss depending on how long after the distribution the distribution you sell.

Tom Young


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What do I need to do for 401k stock rolled over to a taxable account for NUA treatment in Sept 2016? (I haven't sold any yet.)

You should have received a 1099-R for the disbursement so presumably you've already reported that.

"My understanding is that the cost basis was reset when I moved them, and that I have should leave them there for at least one year to be able to qualify for long-term capital gains taxation."

Your understanding is not exactly correct.  Typically the 1099-R in this situation will have 3 boxes filled in, Box 1, Box 2a and Box 6 which is the difference between Box 1 and Box 2a.  You get taxed on the Box 2a amount and that's the basis of the stock. 

The NUA is "long term" by definition.  You could sell the stock the same day you received it and get LTCG treatment.  If the price changes from the price at distribution then the "differential" in the price is long term or short term gain or loss depending on how long after the distribution the distribution you sell.

Tom Young


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What do I need to do for 401k stock rolled over to a taxable account for NUA treatment in Sept 2016? (I haven't sold any yet.)

Tom - Thank you very much for your answer.  You were spot on with your description of the 1099-R.  So, I'll report the amount in 2a on the 2016 taxes.  (Not a problem since I already paid that to the IRS.)  Thanks again.
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