I bought a call option on 6/13 and bought a another one of the same on 6/19. The price continued to drop and I sold both for losses on 6/27 in one sale with one fill.
My 1099b lists the dates aquired as “Various”.
Some software showed it as a wash sale.
Options don’t seem to have CUSIP numbers and brokers might not be compelled to report option wash sales.
The “Wash Sale Matching Rules” section “General Rule” implies generating wash sales when multiple lots are sold at once.
But I don’t think this is a wash sale because the sale ocurred as a single fill, no shares were held or acquired after the sale, and I can’t see how the lots could be replacement shares.
Perhaps it’s not technically wrong to report it a as a wash sale, but it seems frivolous, and doing so creates reporting complexities that don’t seem justifiable.
While perhaps not granting a license to hide a wash sale, page 5 of the form 8949 instructions agree with the 1099b:
Stock acquired on various dates. If you
sold a block of stock (or similar property)
that you acquired through several different
purchases, you may report the sale on one
row and enter “VARIOUS” in column (b).
Since I don’t think it is a wash sale, I’m inclined to just add it to the total on Schedule D line 1a. This is supported on page D-11 of the schedule D instructions and on page 3 of the form 8949 instructions.
Wondering if the broker reporting will also have an influence……..if they report it as a wash sale, won’t your reporting need to be consistent
with theirs? I know that the end result whether wash sale or not is the same if you end up selling all the shares you bought within +/- 30 days