After being away for awhile and now beginning to trade again, I wonder how the SEC's definition of a day trader will effect me. I believe they say that one must have $25k in order to be classified as a day trader, but is that mainly verbage and tax reasons (i.e. declare yourself a trader by profession and write off costs such as feed, brokerage fees)? Currently I don't have plans to day trade aggressively since my account size can not handle such activity. So my trades selection is of paramount importance and I will be just watching a lot but I don't want to be restricted to swing trading just because of I don't meet their $25k requirement. As I stated, my account size won't be anything near $25k but I wonder if a black suited SEC official will show up at my door with handcuffs since I haven't meant their requirement for a day trader just because I day traded.