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Relevant to the Series 7.
Cassie gives her nephew Frank 10 shares of Hathshire Berkaway as a college graduation present. Cassie purchased the shares five years ago at $1,000, and their fair market value is $1,500 at the time of the gift. Frank holds the shares for one year, then sells them at $2,000. What is Frank’s cost basis and holding period?
A. $10,000; one year
B. $10,000; six years
C. $15,000; one year
D. $15,000; six years
Answer: B. When someone gives securities as a gift to another individual, the recipient’s cost basis is the lower of (1) the giver’s cost basis or (2) the fair market value at the time of the gift. So Frank’s cost basis is Cassie’s purchase price of $10,000 ($1,000 x 10 shares). The giver’s holding period will correspond to cost basis. So Frank’s holding period starts from the date of Cassie’s purchase, six years before Frank sells the shares.