Historical Tax Data - someone has it somewhere, right?
April 11, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
OMGTaxFilter question about historical tax costs.
Historical stock price research? Why can't a company keep track of it's own stock price? Why can't I look up an old stock cost price on a recently defunct stock ticker?
posted by tilde to work & money (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Usual scenario: person works job, person buys stock through company Employee Stock Purchase Program. Person sells stock, person needs to figure out the historical cost for each block. Before tax day.
I've looked high and low and can't find any place where the historical cost of the stock (what it was on the day of purchase was). Company portfolio system has "cost basis" which is just an average of the stock price over time, not an actual purchase price. A call to the company got us, after a few weeks, data for a couple of the block purchase dates but not all of it.
Where can I look? Last time we did this, I luckily had bought through ETrade and was able to dig hard and get the purchase history out of the ETrade account. This time it's not ETrade, it's a custom software (it was a trading house so I'd not care to reveal the company name in an open post).
Bonus - they got bought by someone so there hasn't been activity on the ticker in about a year. So while I can use yahoo finance, for example, to look at old stock prices for active stock - not this company's old stock prices. Also tried the same idea using my ETrade account.
In theory, person who bought the stock got emails of each purchase but those are not available as a resource either.