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File Form 8937 if you are an issuer of a specified security that takes an organizational action that affects the basis of that security. A specified security is:
Any share of stock in an entity organized as, or treated for federal tax purposes as, a corporation, or
Any interest treated as stock, including, for example, an American Depositary Receipt.
File Form 8937 only when an organizational action affects the basis of all holders of a security or all holders of a class of the security. For example, you must file Form 8937 if you make a nontaxable cash distribution to shareholders or if you make a nontaxable stock distribution to shareholders, including a stock split. Do not file Form 8937 if you distribute stock to someone exercising a previously granted right to purchase stock. While this action bears on the basis of the stock being distributed, it does not affect the basis of stock held by others. You must instead report the basis of the stock being distributed when you purchase back or transfer custody of the stock. You should not file Form 8937 for an initial public offering.
File Form 8937 for a distribution of property to shareholders only if you know that the distribution will not be taxable as a dividend to shareholders. Do not report a distribution on Form 8937 if the distribution is reportable as a dividend on Form 1099-DIV.
The requirement to file Form 8937 applies to both domestic and foreign issuers of securities if the security is owned by U.S. taxpayers, either directly or as a depositary receipt.
This filing requirement applies to organizational actions after 2010. However, regulated investment companies (RICs) need to file Form 8937 only for organizational actions after 2011.
Form 8937 must be filed with the IRS on or before the 45th day following the organizational action or, if earlier, January 15 of the year following the calendar year of the organizational action. You may file the return before the organizational action if the quantitative effect on basis is determinable. For purposes of determining this deadline, a redemption occurs on the last day a holder may redeem a security.
Send Form 8937 to Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Ogden, UT 84201-0054.
If you are required to file Form 8937, you must give a copy of Form 8937 to each security holder of record as of the date of the organizational action and all subsequent holders of record up to the date you give the copy of Form 8937. If you record the security on your books in the name of a nominee, you must give the copy of Form 8937 to the nominee in lieu of the holder. However, if you, your agent, or a plan you operate is listed as the nominee, you must give the copy of Form 8937 to the holder.
You are considered to have given a copy of Form 8937 to all holders and nominees if you post a completed Form 8937 to your primary public website under the rules listed under Public reporting, earlier.
You are not required to, but may, give a copy of Form 8937 to a holder or nominee if the holder is an exempt recipient. See Exempt recipients, earlier.
You may give holders and nominees a written statement instead of a copy of Form 8937. The written statement must include the same information as provided on Form 8937 and must indicate that the information is being reported to the IRS.
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