It has been a long winter here in St. Louis, MO. The cold and snowy winter months were followed by a wet and dreary month of March. This past weekend I looked out my window to see snow falling.
Maybe, just maybe, the end is in sight. Today’s forecast calls for a sunny 60 degree day… spring at last.
So in the spirit of spring, and all things new, I would like to introduce this blog. My name is Patrick and I am a product specialist for the Scottrade web site. Of course, I plan to blog about the Scottrade web site, but I would also like to expand the scope of this blog to cover any topic that concerns the online trader. Also, please let me know what you want to talk about. The lines of communication are open and I want your feedback!
Before I finish up for today( April 15) I want to include a couple of last minute tips for tax filers out there that plan on using the Scottrade web site to finish their return.
- Your 1099 is available within the Account history link within the My Account tab.
- The 1099 form does not include cost basis information. A supplemental form is included within the 1099 but it only details transactions that were opened during the 2007 calendar year. To calculate your cost basis use your statements, confirmations and transactions sections located within the Account history link. The Gainskeeper application, also in the My Account tab, is another available tool for tracking cost basis.
- Scottrade has partnered with Turbo Tax this year to offer our clients a discount on both the Turbo Tax online and download products. If you are an active trader the Turbo Tax download product is your best bet because it handles more transactions(around 2,500 trades) than the online version( around 500 trades). For more info visit http://www.scottrade.com/turbotax/ .
- Today is your last day to make a contribution to an IRA for tax year 2007, please visit http://www.scottrade.com/ira/index.asp for more information.