Green’s 2019 Trader Tax Guide

Use our 2019 guide to receive every trader tax break you’re entitled to on your 2018 tax returns and for planning in 2019.


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Green’s 2019 Trader Tax Guide focuses on traders’ unique tax needs. Our 2019 guide includes our latest thoughts, tax strategies, pitfalls, tweaks, warnings, and benefits.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ushered in significant changes, and many of them impact investors, traders and investment managers. During 2018, the IRS issued several proposed and final regulations, 2018 tax forms and instructions, and other guidance. Some essential questions remain open, and our 2019 guide provides the critical insight you need to proceed with tax preparation and planning. 

The guide details tax treatment for equities, futures, 1256 contracts, indexes, options, ETFs, ETNs, forex, precious metals, swaps, and more. Chapters focus on trader tax status, Section 475, accounting for trading gains and losses, tips for preparing tax returns, tax planning, entity solutions, retirement plan strategies, IRS and state tax controversy, traders in tax court, proprietary trading, investment management, international tax matters, Obamacare taxes, short selling, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and cryptocurrencies. (See the Cover with Table of Contents.)

Whether you self-prepare your tax returns or engage a CPA firm, this guide can help you through the process and save you thousands and thousands of dollars. We’ve published our updated trader tax guide every year since 1997, and it remains the gold standard in trader tax. Our motto is be smart, creative, forward-thinking, cutting-edge, and even a bit aggressive, but keep it entirely legal. You deserve excellence in content, ideas, judgment, and decision-making.


Robert A. Green, CPA
Author, Green’s 2019 Trader Tax Guide