Taxes on "Friends and Family" account

Discussion in 'Taxes and Accounting' started by dholliday, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. I am considering trading an account for a relative via an IB "Friends and Family" account. I am fully automated day trading over a universe of about 2500 stocks. The problem is the "Wash Sales Rule". Is there anything they can do to avoid it? They work full time.
    Thanks
     
  2. As you may realize, a way to get out of the wash sales rule is to elect M2M for an active trader. And a passive friend/family member with his own linked sub-account does not qualify for IRS purposes as an active trader... no matter how many trades are run through the friend's account.

    Therefore consider... form a separate tax entity where all parties receive a K-1 after electing M2M at the entity level.
     
  3. sprstpd

    sprstpd

    Or you can take a trading holiday for a month over the year end to avoid any wash sale implications.
     
  4. sf631

    sf631

    +1 the trading holiday. On thanksgiving weekend you could make a list of all positions you touched within the past month and make those offlimits to touch in December (IB even lets you set up prohibited symbols per account, I think. with 2500 in your universe you're sure to still have many to trade so not even really a holiday.

    Of course if you have positions on as of Thanksgiving that you don't want to close (and are negative) you'll have some choices to make...