After a broker has executed your deal, his system will automatically generate and either email or post a contract note to you. This will show:
- name of the company
- date of the trade
- number of shares traded
- whether you have bought or sold
- commission charged
- stamp duty (0.5% on purchases only & 1% on Irish stocks)
- Panel of Takeovers and Mergers Levy (a flat charge on large trades only)
- name of the account in which shares are held
You should check your contract notes carefully, to make sure you got the price you thought you were getting, and file them so that you can cross-check against your broker statement.
Contract notes are also important when it comes to doing your end of year tax return, because they relate to the calculation of CGT. Depending on which broker you use, you may get quarterly and annual statements mirroring the individual transactions that have taken place on your account during the period in question.