Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Cash in stocks


Hello: I acquired some stocks when my Mom passed away 7 yrs ago, which she acquired when my Grandfather passed away 5 years earlier. Like I said I have had the stock for 7 yrs. I am thinking of cashing in around 600 shares to make a purchase for my 25th wedding anniversary. I would like to know approximately how much taxes I will  have to pay on it. Thanks


Thanks for your question.

That depends on your basis in the stock.  You will pay tax, at capital gain rates on the excess of your proceeds minus your basis.

Since the stocks were inherited, your basis is the fair market value as of date of death.  You would take the average selling price for that day (high and low/2).

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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