Know Your Tax Forms

When it comes to taxes, being informed can help you plan and prepare. Tax forms are used to report certain transactions to the IRS.

To learn more about what situations cause tax forms to be produced and what to expect, read Understanding Mutual Funds & Taxes and Tax FAQs.


Tax form mailing schedule

For U.S. investors, most tax forms are mailed by January 31 and are available online. Please sign up for E-delivery of your tax forms to receive immediate notification of when forms are available online.

Form Type of Account What It Reports Mailed On or Before
1099-DIV Taxable non-retirement Dividends and capital gains distributions 31-Jan
1099-B Taxable non-retirement Proceeds from a sale or exchange 31-Jan
1099-Q Coverdell ESA Distributions, transfers or rollovers 31-Jan
1099-R IRA or Retirement Distributions, rollovers, recharacterizations and excess contributions 31-Jan
1042-S Taxable accounts with a non-resident alien or foreign entity owner Dividends and capital gains for taxable accounts. Distributions from retirement accounts. March 15 (Not available online)
5498-ESA Coverdell ESA Contributions, transfers or rollovers to account 30-Apr
5498 IRA or Retirement Contributions, rollovers, conversions and recharacterizations to an account 31-May

Taxable accounts

Non-taxable accounts

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