Q: We inherited stock that was purchased for more than $70 a share. The original company was absorbed by a larger company and the stock split a few times. We sold a portion for $40 a share. Can we claim a loss using the original share price vs. the sale price? — D.M., Mount Dora
A: If the stock was inherited, your basis is the value on the date of death regardless of how many times it split. If the stock was gifted to you before death, your basis is the original purchase price. — Dianne Webb
A: I think your confusion arises from the use of the initials SSI, which stand for Supplemental Security Income. Disability payments under Social Security are based on your earnings history, the same as the regular Social Security benefits. The amount of earnings from self employment is what you report on your income tax returns, which would be net income after expenses are deducted. For answers based on your personal facts, call the Orlando Social Security office at 866-964-6146 or 800-772-1213. — Richard Almeida
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