proper category question, interest to purchase funds in a brokerage account

I'm using Q08Prmr on WinXP.
I have several advisery accounts setup with our financial planner. Recently she (with my persmission) sold some funds and bought others to replace them.
The brokerage firm executed the buy before the sell was complete so there was a shortfall for the funds for about 3 days. I was charged 9.5% interest for those three days. This is in a non-qualified brokerage account. It isn't a retirement account. In Quicken the downloaded transaction is listed as a Withdrawl but I suspect for tax purposes this may be best listed as something else. This is a cost that can be deducted. I use TT every year so it's important for me to get this right so TT knows how to handle it. Would this interest transaction be more appropriate as a Margin Interest Expense transaction?
For the record I do not care about the cost of the interest. Although I will let me advisor know that it happened in case she isn't aware of it.
Cheers, Scott
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Am no tax expert, but it seems that this is indeed Margin Interest which may be deductible. QW has a default category for investment interest expense; "_IntExp" - scroll down the category list to the end of the expense categories. This category carries tax line assignment for Form 4952.
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Hi, Scott.
As JM said, this is Investment Interest Expense and it is deductible. ;<) Maybe. :^{
As JM also said, you will need to have TT complete Form 4952, Investment Interest Expense Worksheet, to be sure that you have enough investment income to cover this expense. IF you do, then the deductible amount will go to Schedule A and be added your other itemized deductions to see if you have more total deductions than the Standard Deduction. So you may or may not wind up with a tax benefit from the interest expense.
Remember, I've been retired for well over a decade, so check with your own CPA for current tax rules.
RC
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I know it's been a while since I posted this question. Just getting back to it. Been hectic with the holidays.
Thanks so much guys. You both helped quite a bit. I always appreciate it.
Cheers, Scott
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