Tax Season FAQs
Below are some questions we often hear from our wealth management clients when they’re prepping for tax season.
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Where are my 1099s?
Financial institutions mail out 1099s in phases. While most forms arrive by March, others are sent out as late as March 15th due to income reclassification and late reporting from some investment companies.
This is why we highly suggest scheduling your appointment with your tax professional later in the tax season to make sure you have ample time to receive all your required forms.
Why did I receive so many 1099s?
You will receive 1099s in the mail from each financial institution where your accounts were held throughout the year (1099s for taxable non-retirement accounts and 1099-Rs for retirement accounts from which you’ve taken a distribution).
Why are there different mailing dates for 1099 Consolidated Statements?
Financial institutions mail 1099 consolidated statements in waves as they receive information from investment companies. For certain security types, final tax information may be received after the standard deadline resulting in a delay in sending your statement. In these cases, your 1099 tax statement will be mailed between March 1-15, 2019.
Reclassification: What is it and what do I need to know?
Income reclassification is an annual process where security issuers change the tax characterization of distributions that were paid during the tax year. Often, the result of income reclassification is a more favorable tax treatment.
The income reclassification process takes place after the end of the tax year, during the first quarter, when security issuers announce their income reclassification for the previous tax year. The income reclassification process affects income distributions you may have received during the previous tax year.
The IRS requires final income reclassification to be reported to you on Form 1099. All financial industry firms receive reclassified data from the issuers.
Why did I get a Preliminary 1099 Consolidated Tax Statement?
A preliminary 1099 Consolidated Tax Form Statement is an advanced DRAFT copy of your 1099 tax forms. The draft form should NOT be considered final and should NOT be used for the purpose of filing tax returns with the IRS or with any state or other regulatory authority. The document is for your information only and may assist you with tax preparation. Not everyone will receive these preliminary forms.
How do I get my tax forms online?
That depends on where your accounts were held last year. If you had accounts at TD Ameritrade, your 1099s will be on the Monument Client Portal. If you have an account with Jackson, Lincoln, American Funds or another institution, your statements will come directly from them, or their online portal.
All 1099s will be sent by mail, so we recommend collecting them in a folder as they arrive, to help stay organized and prepared for your appointment with your tax professional.
Who should I contact with questions about my 1099s or investments as they relate to my taxes?
Our Team at email@example.com is a good starting point for these questions, but your CPA will be your best reference for tax advice.
*Remember, Monument is not an accountant and no portion of the website content should be interpreted as accounting or tax advice.
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