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jimmiller3
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Sale of options and restricted stock counted as ordinary income on w2

I exercised options and also sold restricted stock.  These were counted as ordinary income on my w2 and taxed.  They informed me that because of this I should not pay capitol gains tax.  How do I ensure this is done correctly
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KarenL2
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Sale of options and restricted stock counted as ordinary income on w2

You may have a very small amount of gain/loss on the sale if you sold them the same day.  This is due to pricing fluctuations throughout the day.  Your 1099-B may or may not have the accurate cost basis reported, so make sure it is correct.  Most companies will also send you an Advice of Sale (or similar form) showing the Fair Market Value, taxes, etc.  which can help you determine the basis for each particular lot sold.

There is a difference between Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).  I'm going to assume you have the latter.  In this case, your "cost basis" is generally the Fair Market Value on the date your options were vested. (which is the same amount that is included on your W-2). 

What's the difference between restricted stock and a restricted stock unit (RSU)?

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