Answers to Common Questions about Edward Jones Tax Forms

At Edward Jones, we want your tax preparation to go as smoothly as possible, so we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our clients during tax season. View a PDF version of this list.

Edward Jones Tax Forms

When will I receive my tax forms?

Due to a number of factors, we can't provide an exact date we will furnish your final tax form to you. However, Edward Jones does comply with all IRS deadlines. The following information may help you estimate when you will receive your form:

  • The IRS requires brokerage firms to furnish Forms 1099-R and 1099-Q by January 31 and Consolidated 1099 Tax Statements by February 15.  Our Consolidated 1099 Tax Statement includes all applicable Forms 1099 (such as 1099-B, 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, 1099-MISC and/or 1099-OID) for your taxable brokerage account. You may receive a Consolidated 1099 Tax Statement for each taxable brokerage account you hold at Edward Jones.
  • On or before February 15, we produce Figures Not Final forms for all accounts that are not yet final. After this date, Figures Are Final versions are produced as the tax reporting information for accounts becomes final. We produce all remaining Figures Are Final forms before March 15.

What if my tax form says Figures NOT Final?

  • Issuers of some securities may report information to Edward Jones later in the tax season, which will delay tax forms being finalized. We process finalized information as soon as possible and produce your tax form once we receive all finalized information from issuers of all securities in your account.
  • Types of securities that may cause delayed reporting:
    • Stocks, mutual funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and foreign securities: Issuers of these securities sometimes file extensions of time to report beyond Feb. 15, so you may not receive your Figures Are Final form until late February.
    • Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs), royalty trusts, unit investment trusts (UITs), HOLDR and mortgage trusts: Issuers of these securities have until March 15 to provide information to brokerage firms, so you may not receive your Figures Are Final form until mid-March.
  • Your form will indicate the securities for which tax information is not yet final. Consider providing the form to your tax professional as soon as you receive it; he or she may be able to begin working on your tax return. We will send you a Figures Are Final form as soon as we receive and process final information from the issuer.

What if I receive a Revised Final Figures form?

Provide the form to your tax professional immediately. If you have already filed your tax return, consult with your tax professional about whether to file an amended return.

Why would my figures be revised?

Edward Jones strives to minimize the need for revisions to your tax forms, but there are times when we are required to send you a Revised Final Figures version of your form. The specific reason for the revision will be listed on the cover letter sent with your revised form.

  • Issuer Revisions: Issuers of your securities may send us revised information after we have issued your Figures Are Final form. When this happens, we send those revisions to you in a Revised Final Figures form.
  • Cost Basis Revisions: Adjustments to cost basis sometimes require us to issue you a Revised Final Figures form. These may occur when we receive revised information from your prior firm, if cost basis is updated or if a cost basis calculation is revised.

Why didn’t I receive a 1099?

The IRS does not require tax forms to be issued for every account at Edward Jones.

  • Income less than $10: We do not furnish tax forms if your taxable brokerage account received less than $10 of reportable income or you took a distribution of less than $10 from your IRA. However, in each case, you may be required to report the income to the IRS. Contact your branch team if you would like a copy of your form for your records.
  • C Corp and tax-exempt accounts: We do not furnish Consolidated 1099 Tax Statements for accounts held by C corporations or tax-exempt entities. Contact your branch team for a copy of a Year-end Tax Summary containing details your accountant may need.

Why do the figures on my 1099 differ from those on my statements?

Issuers of your securities may reclassify the type or timing of the income paid to you throughout the year. As a result, amounts seen on your monthly statements may not match entry-for-entry with your tax forms.  The Consolidated 1099 Tax Statement is your official tax form and should be used when preparing your income tax returns. You can find more details in the Summary of Investment Income supplemental section of your Consolidated 1099 Tax Statement.

  • Mutual funds: Dividends from blended funds may be reported on your monthly statement as partially qualified. Mutual fund companies then provide us the breakdown of the income at year-end, and we report parts of the payment in different places on your tax forms, as required.
  • Stocks: Payments originally reported on your monthly statement as dividends may be reclassified by the company, in part or whole, to a nontaxable return of capital. For example, your tax form may show a $100 payment broken into an $80 qualified dividend and a $20 return of capital.
  • Tax year revisions: Income paid to your account during one calendar year may be reportable in a different tax year. For example, your 2018 tax form may include income paid to your account in December of 2017 or January of 2019 if the issuer determined it is reportable in 2018. 

Will I receive Form 5498? And if so, when?

Form 5498 is furnished to you if you made a contribution to an IRA, rolled over an IRA, recharacterized contributions, converted to a Roth IRA, or if the IRA owner passed away during the prior tax year.

Form 5498 is mailed in May and is not needed to file your tax return. Your monthly statements provide the contribution details needed for your tax return. The deadline for brokerage firms to furnish Form 5498 is not until May 31 so that contributions made to traditional and Roth IRAs by the individual tax filing deadline, generally April 15, are captured. Once you receive Form 5498, you may want to provide a copy to your tax professional for his or her records.

Note: For SEP and SIMPLE IRAs, Form 5498 reports contributions deposited to the account during the calendar year (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31.)

Cost basis on Form 1099-B

Form 1099-B we furnish to you provides cost basis for securities you sold. However, if we are missing cost basis information, the form will indicate that the cost basis for that sale is unknown. The cost basis may be unknown for several reasons, and you can help us update your cost basis by providing some information:

  • Certificate deposited: If you deposited shares by delivering us a certificate, tell your branch team the cost basis of the shares so we can update our system.
  • Transferred: If you transferred shares in from a prior firm, we may not have received cost basis from that firm. Contact your prior firm to have them send us the cost basis.
  • Gifted: The cost basis of gifted shares may depend on the original owner’s cost basis. Obtain the original owner's cost basis information and provide it to your branch team.
  • Inherited: We may know the shares were inherited but not the date of death or the type of adjustment to make for inheritance. Contact your branch team to find out what information to provide.

What to know if you provide updated cost basis

During tax season, if your branch team updates cost basis for a security you sold, a new current-year tax form will be generated unless you instruct otherwise. If you do not want a new form to be produced, we still recommend that you provide the cost basis to your financial advisor. This will help ensure your tax forms will have cost basis information in the future.

Note: Updates to cost basis information may also cause a revised 1099 to be generated if the security was sold in any of the previous three tax years.

Fixed-income Information

Cost basis reporting regulations require Edward Jones to perform calculations and adjust cost basis for certain fixed-income securities as designated by the IRS. We provide supplemental information detailing these adjustments in our Consolidated 1099 Tax Statement if you hold securities requiring adjustments. For more details, see the Fixed-income Supplemental Information section of your tax statement.

Limited Partnerships and Royalty Trusts

Additional documentation for limited partnerships and royalty trusts is provided by the organizations themselves. Edward Jones has no control over when they become available.

  • Limited partnerships: Partnerships are generally required to file tax returns and provide a Schedule K-1 directly to their limited partners by March 15. The websites www.taxpackagesupport.com and www.partnerdatalink.com provide contact information and online access to K-1 forms for various limited partnerships.
  • Royalty trusts: Royalty trusts issue royalty trust booklets containing information needed to file your tax return. These may be issued as late as April. The website www.mytaxhandbook.com provides website links for many royalty trusts.

Corrections

Address corrections: If the address on your tax form is incorrect, contact your financial advisor to make sure the address we have on file is updated.

Tax identification number corrections: We use the tax identification number on file with us as of December 31 of the tax year when reporting to the IRS and on your tax forms. If the name or SSN/Tax ID on your form is incorrect, please contact your financial advisor to make sure the name or number we have on file is updated. The correct name and number will appear on all future tax forms. We can correct a name or tax identification number on a current year tax form only if the name or number used was incorrect due to our error.

View, share and download your forms electronically

Edward Jones Online Access provides you with a convenient and secure way to access and manage tax forms during tax season. If you are not enrolled, visit www.edwardjones.com/access to enroll today and enjoy these benefits:

  • E-delivery: Receive an email notification when your tax form is ready, and retrieve it immediately instead of waiting for it in the mail.
  • Share tax forms: Provide your tax professional with secure electronic access to your tax forms, eliminating the need to deliver or mail your forms. Tax form sharing does not enable your tax preparer to access your account online.
  • Tax software import: Import your tax information conveniently and accurately into Turbo Tax®, e-Organizer and H&R Block At HomeTM.  In addition, Excel and CSV-formatted downloads are available.

Further questions?

For tax preparation assistance:

Contact a tax professional or the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or www.irs.gov.

For investment assistance and account questions:

Contact your Edward Jones financial advisor.

For questions about Edward Jones tax forms:

Call the Edward Jones Tax Hotline at 1-800-282-0829.

  • Mid-January to April 15: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Central time
  • April 16 to mid-October: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Central time

Edward Jones Tax Hotline associates are available to answer questions about the tax forms we produce. We do not provide tax advice or tax preparation assistance but will be happy to help you understand your forms.

You may also check the status of your tax form at any time from mid-January through April 15 using our automated response system.

Important Information:

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. This content should not be depended upon for other than broadly informational purposes. Specific questions should be referred to a qualified tax professional.

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