New Client. Has a W2, code V $27016. 1099B shows proceeds of $16609 and cost basis of $2544.
Obviously, this needs to be corrected. However client has no info regarding stock due to house fire.
Any suggestions on how to handle so he does not pay twice?
Were all the shares sold in 2020?
The employer and/or the brokerage company can also provide info.
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The reason @abctax55 is asking whether all the shares were sold last year is that it looks like a "sell to buy" where the employee exercised an option to buy, for example, 100 shares, but paid for them by selling only 50. Your client should know what he did. The employer and broker should have all the records he needs.