A principal aim of the impending cost basis reporting law is to enable the IRS to capture lost tax revenues due to inaccurate or underreported filings. Brokers and custodians are now scrambling to ensure their accounting systems will be compliant with the regulations, expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2011. However, the law will impact firms in other ways they may not yet realize.

In particular, brokers distributing managed account products and the investment managers who supply them face unique challenges given the complexity of sharing cost basis information when communicating client service requests.

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