Big Concerns with Botched 1099-Bs and Discrepancies on Form 8949
As a leading CPA firm for preparing income tax returns for active online traders, we are spotting significant discrepancies between 2011 Form 1099-Bs provided by securities brokers – which include cost-basis information for the first time – and trade accounting software results. We have noticed scary differences on almost every file we have reviewed. It’s hard to pin point the main area of concern — so far, our CPAs are reporting big differences all across the map and it varies greatly by broker, too.
We’re putting tax filings on hold and filing extensions instead to have time to investigate these discrepancies. We expect brokers to issue wide-scale corrected 1099-Bs, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see corrections later this year. Hopefully these problems will be resolved in time to file tax returns by the extended due dates (Oct. 15 for individuals and partnerships; Sept. 15 for S-Corps).
ON THIS THREAD, please report the Form 8949 problems that you are experiencing in trying to reconcile with your broker's 1099-Bs.
We want this thread to be a Master List or FAQ for problems and solutions on this topic. We hope to pressure brokers to fess up to this mess and to clean it up with corrected 1099-Bs. Otherwise, tens of thousands of traders may get tax notices and related problems. I explain more in my above blog. Thanks, Robert A. Green, CPA