Business Trader Status Qualification Test

    1. In the year you are trying to initially qualify as a business trader for tax purposes, how many round trip trades did you make last year or intend to make during the year?
    0 - 200201 - 375376 - 500501+

    2. What percentage of trading days did you place trades during the year?

    3. What is your typical holding period on a trade?
    Less than a day1 - 5 daysLess than a month1 - 6 monthsMore than 6 months

    4. How many hours per day do you consistently spend involved in your trading business?
    6+ hours3 - 5 hours1 - 3 hourssporadic

    5. How many days per week do you consistently spend involved in your trading business?

    6. Did you trade all year (or do you intend to trade all year) without any intermittent trading periods?

    7. Did you (do you) keep a trading journal or diary and log the time you spent (spend) in your trading business each day?

    8. Is your trading activity considered substantial -- meaning your gross proceeds at the end of the year are in the millions of dollars (sum each trade's sale price per share times the number of shares traded).
    By way of example, if you trade $100K 2-3 times per day that's $300K per day times 200+ trading days which equals $60 million+. Or if you trade $10K per day for 200+ trading days per year, that would equal $2 million+.

    9. What is the dollar amount in your trading account(s)?
    $100,000+$50,000 - $99,999$25,001 - $49,999$5,000 - $25,000Less than $5,000

    10. Do you have the full intent of running a bona-fide business and making a living from your trading activities?

    11. Have you set up a separate legal trading entity such as a limited liability company or S corporation?

    12. Do you have significant trading expenses such as computer equipment, fast Internet service, data fees, home office and education?

    13. Have you attended formal training sessions with a successful trader or reputable firm?

    14. Do you make your own decisions or do you rely on someone else?

    15. Do you do your trading through a taxable account or a retirement account?
    Taxable AccountRetirement Account


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