You’ll receive a T5008: Statement of securities transactions slip from your broker for securities that you, or someone on your behalf bought, sold, or cashed during the year. Depending on your situation, this slip can include any of the following:
- Bonds, debentures, promissory notes, other similar properties
- Publicly traded shares, mutual fund units, debt obligations, options or contracts
- Deferral or eligible small business corporation shares and other shares
- The disposal of T-bills at maturity
It’s up to you to keep track of the securities you buy or sell, as well as the adjusted cost base (ACB)* of each investment, so that you can properly report capital gains or losses once you dispose of them.
* ACB refers to the amount you paid for the investment as well as any expenses you had to pay to buy them.
Note: If you’re a resident of Québec, you’ll also receive a Relevé 18: Securities transactions (RL-18) slip.
If you disposed of or sold securities during the year, you’ll have an amount in box 21 (Proceeds of disposition) of your T5008 slip. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make sure that you also report the amount in box 20 (Cost or book value) of your T5008 slip.
Generally, issuers of a T5008 slip leave box 20 empty as they might not know the total cost you paid to acquire the investment (which is your adjusted cost base (ACB)), or the amount might not reflect your true ACB. You’ll need to calculate your cost or book value and enter the correct amount in box 20 to properly report your capital gains or loss. The following expenses can be included when calculating your cost or book value:
- finders' fees
- brokers' fees
- surveyors' fees
- legal fees
- transfer taxes and
- advertising costs
Where do I claim this?
Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2017 tax software:
- On the QUICK ENTRY tab, click the QUICK SLIP icon.
- Type T5008 in the search field and either click the highlighted selection or press Enter to continue.
- When you arrive at the page for your T5008, enter your information into the tax software.