Study Question of the Week: July 16, 2014 Edition

This week’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Relevant to the Series 6, 7, 62, 65, 66, and 82. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This week’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

Study ? of the Week

Question (Relevant to the Series 6Series 7Series 62, Series 65, Series 66, and Series 82): 

Ross receives 50 shares of ABC Co. as a gift, then later inherits an additional 50 shares of ABC Co. The shares were all originally purchased at $10/share. When Ross receives the shares as a gift, they are worth $20/share. When Ross inherits the shares, they are worth $30/share. When Ross eventually all sells the shares, they are worth $50/share. What is Ross’s total cost basis when he sells the shares?


A. $1,000

B. $2,000

C. $2,500

D. $5,000

Correct Answer: B. $2,000

Rationale: Inherited shares received a stepped up cost basis based on their market value at the time of the prior owner’s death. Shares received as a gift maintain their original cost basis. So the cost basis of the inherited shares is $1,500 ($30/share * 50 shares) while the cost basis of the gifted shares is $500 ($10/share * 50 shares). Adding them together gives a total cost basis of $2,000.

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