Tax Basis Worksheet

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Verizon Communications and Its History

Verizon Communications, (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of high-growth communications services.  The merger was completed back on June 30, 2000.  But, Verizon’s roots began back in 1984 with the AT & T divestiture.  At that time, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic were split out of AT&T.  The tax basis of allocation at that time was:

            AT & T Corp                                        28.50 %          

            NYNEX                                                  9.84 %

            Bell Atlantic                                        10.49 %

Then, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic merged on August 14, 1997, forming the then new Bell Atlantic Corporation.  After the merger, the tax basis allocation for the new Bell Atlantic Corp stock resulting from the ownership of NYNEX stock should be: 

            Cost of NYNEX stock   ÷  .768  = Tax basis new Bell Atlantic stock 

GTE Corp itself was a merger of Contel Corp and GTE Corp.  That merger occurred back on March 14, 1991.  After that merger, and leading upon to the formation of Verizon, the Contel through Verizon tax basis allocation should be: 

            Cost of Contel stock   ÷   1.27 = Tax basis of new GTE Corp stock


            Tax basis of new GTE Corp   ÷  1.22 = Tax basis of Verizon stock 

If only GTE Corp stock was purchased prior to becoming part of Verizon, then the tax basis allocation of the GTE stock should be: 

            Cost of GTE Corp stock   ÷  1.22  = Tax basis of Verizon stock 

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