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Do you have questions about taxes or need help finding tax information on our website? The frequently asked questions below may provide the help you need.

When will I receive my tax form?

The Tax Information Mailing Schedule lists the approximate dates the forms will be mailed to shareholders. In addition, you will receive, by mail or e-mail, your year-end statement in early January, which reports distributions and activity in each fund account for the year and year-end balances for accounts. Your tax form is available to view online at the same time it is mailed to you.


Will I receive a tax form and which tax forms should I expect to receive?

T. Rowe Price mails the following tax forms to shareholders:

Tax Forms
Tax Form Reports
1099-DIV Taxable dividends and capital gain distributions or exempt-interest dividends of $10 or more.
1099-B Sale or exchange of securities in a taxable account (other than a money market fund), including cost basis and gain/loss information when available.
1099-R Distributions from retirement plans and IRAs, including excess contribution removals, IRA conversions, and IRA recharacterizations.
1099-Q Distributions and rollovers from qualified education programs, including 529 College Savings Plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.
1042-S Reportable payments to nonresident alien account holders.
5498 Contributions, including rollovers, to IRAs, as well as fair market value of an IRA at year end, recharacterizations, and conversions.

For further information on tax forms, please visit the Tax Forms section.


Who will receive a tax form?

Shareholders who have a taxable account (such as individual, joint tenant, and UGMA/UTMA):

  • with redemption activity will receive a Form 1099-B (except for money market funds)
  • with distributions (dividends, capital gain distributions, or exempt-interest dividends) of $10 or more, or if we withheld tax from the distribution will receive a Form 1099-DIV
  • that passes through the foreign taxes paid (even if no distribution is made) will receive a Form 1099-DIV
  • that has withholding activity will receive a tax form reporting the amount withheld

Shareholders who have a retirement account (such as a Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Rollover IRA, SEP-IRA, or SIMPLE IRA):

  • with distributions during the tax year will receive a Form 1099-R
  • with contributions for the tax year will receive a Form 5498

Shareholders who have a qualified education program (such as a 529 plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account):

  • with distributions during the tax year will receive a Form 1099-Q

Why won't I receive a tax form?

Certain types of accounts do not require us to provide a tax form, including:

  • taxable accounts with income and capital gain distributions of less than $10
  • retirement accounts and qualified education programs with no activity during the year

Will I receive a separate tax form for each fund that I invest in?

No. You will receive a combined tax package that includes Forms 1099-DIV, 1099-B, and 1099-R (if applicable) in late January (shareholders of the T. Rowe Price Real Assets, Real Estate, Global Real Estate, and Small-Cap Value Funds will receive Form 1099-DIV and Form 1099-B in mid-February). Each form will list the funds in which you invest that had reportable transactions during the prior tax year. You may receive separate forms, however, depending upon the types of accounts you hold or invest in or the types of distributions made to you.


Why does the dividend amount paid by my fund differ between my Form 1099-DIV and my year-end statement?

There may be several items that can result in your year-end statement not matching your tax forms. For example, reclassifications after the year-end statement is produced; foreign tax, which is reported on Form 1099-DIV but generally not on your year-end statement; and short-term capital gain distributions, which are reported separately from dividends on your statement, but are combined with dividends on Form 1099-DIV in Box 1a.

Because of these potential differences between your year-end statement and tax form, we strongly recommend waiting to receive your tax forms before preparing your tax returns, so that you have the most up-to-date and complete information.


Do I have to report tax-free dividends?

Yes. The IRS requires you to report tax-free income on your federal income tax return. This information is available on your Form 1099-DIV mailed in late January as part of your combined tax package.


How do I get a copy of my tax forms?

Duplicates of your 1099 forms are available.


Must I use the cost basis and gain/loss information provided by T. Rowe Price?

The cost basis information provided by T. Rowe Price on the sale of covered securities (common stocks acquired on or after January 1, 2011 and mutual fund shares acquired on or after January 1, 2012) is reported to the IRS. Cost basis on noncovered shares (those acquired prior to the dates specified above for covered securities) is not reported to the IRS or any state taxing jurisdictions. In both cases, you are not required to use the cost basis information provided by us. You are ultimately responsible for reporting accurate cost basis on your tax returns. There are legitimate reasons why the information we reported to you might be different from your records. You may want to seek assistance from your tax preparer to determine your cost basis. For more information on cost basis and the new IRS rules requiring cost basis reporting on mutual funds and other types of securities.


Do all the data on my tax forms get reported to the IRS?

No. As a service to investors, we provide additional information to you on your mutual fund holdings that we are not required to send to the IRS. Cost basis information on covered shares is reported to the IRS.


Will I receive tax forms on my Brokerage accounts?

You will receive separate tax documents from Pershing LLC, reporting taxable activity for all holdings (including T. Rowe Price funds) held in these accounts.


What is the wash sale shown on my Form 1099-B and how does it affect my cost basis?

Wash sale rules apply to mutual funds. If you sell shares at a loss, you cannot claim the loss if you purchased other shares in the same fund or a substantially identical fund within a 61-day period surrounding the sale. This period includes the day of the sale, 30 days before the sale, and 30 days after the sale. The disallowed loss is added to the basis of the purchased shares that resulted in wash sales.

A wash sale is indicated by a double asterisk (**) on Form 1099-B if T. Rowe Price is calculating cost basis on an account. T. Rowe Price reports to you wash sales involving the same fund only. Such information on your mutual funds is not reported to the IRS. If you are not sure if you have invested in a substantially identical fund, please consult a tax adviser. You should note that you are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of your tax return.

Technical Support for Tax Forms and Tax Programs
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How do I access my tax forms online?

Log in to your account and select the tax form you would like to view. Here is an example of the tax form page in the "Statements & Records" section:

Tax Forms


How can I track my IRA transactions online?

Now it's easier than ever to track contributions and distributions for your IRA. Just log in and view the "IRA Contributions and Distributions" tab. This feature tells you exactly what you've contributed to date for the current and previous tax years and what you've distributed to date in the current tax year.


How can I get TurboTax® or learn more about TurboTax?

T. Rowe Price offers Intuit TurboTax to customers to help them prepare their tax returns.


Where can I view T. Rowe Price fund distributions, dividends, and capital gains?

The T. Rowe Price website has fund distributions, dividends, and capital gains information for the current year and the prior two years. If you require older information, please call a customer service representative.


Where can I find my cost basis? May I choose my cost basis method to impact the gain/loss information I claim?

T. Rowe Price may provide average cost basis for your mutual funds. If T. Rowe Price currently is calculating your cost basis, you may view it in your online account by logging in to our website.

If T. Rowe Price currently is not tracking the cost basis for your T. Rowe Price nonretirement mutual fund accounts, and you would like us to track this information, you may complete the Cost Basis Change form.

You also may find additional information regarding current cost basis information or the new cost basis reporting regulations by visiting our web page, Cost Basis Accounting and Calculation.

Fund-Specific Tax Information
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What are Reclassifications and Return of Capital? Do they apply to my funds?

A reclassification means that the tax character of the dividend on your Form 1099-DIV is different than the tax character reported on your statement. Tax character indicates whether the dividend is from taxable or tax-exempt income or is a short-term or long-term gain.

A return of capital occurs if a T. Rowe Price fund pays out more in distributions than it earned during the year. In this case, you do not owe tax on your share of the excess amount, which is called a "nontaxable distribution" or "return of capital." We report this type of distribution in Box 3 of Form 1099-DIV.

Return of Capital and Reclassifications information is available in the Tax Planning section of our site.


What are qualified dividends?

Qualified dividends are the portion of dividends and short-term capital gains which may be qualified for a preferred tax rate instead of tax rates applicable to ordinary income. Qualified dividends are reported in Box 1b of Form 1099-DIV and are the portion of Box 1a (Total Ordinary Dividends) which may be qualified.

Qualified dividends generally are dividends paid from shares of common stock. Shareholders must hold shares for at least 61 days during the 121-day period beginning 60 days before the ex-dividend date of the distribution.


Where do I obtain T. Rowe Price fund-specific tax information to assist me in preparing my federal and state tax returns?

Visit Fund-Specific Tax and Reclassification Information section of our website for this information. It includes:


Do I have to report tax-free dividends?

T. Rowe Price reports tax-free dividends to you on Form 1099-DIV (for amounts of $10 or more). You must report your tax-free dividends on Form 1040, Line 8b. You also may need to report tax-free dividends on your state tax return. Consult a tax adviser to determine if any or all of your Form 1099-DIV dividends are subject to alternative minimum tax or state tax reportable.


Why am I being taxed on a tax-free fund?

Although dividends paid by a tax-free fund are federally tax-free (note that the alternative minimum tax may apply), other payments are not tax-free. Capital gains distributions are subject to capital gains tax. This applies both to capital gains distributions made by the fund, as well as sales of fund shares made by you.


What is AMT and will it affect me?

AMT is the federal alternative minimum tax. The AMT operates as a parallel tax system to the regular tax system with its own definition of taxable income, exemptions, and tax rates.

To determine if the AMT affects you, you must compute tax owed under the "regular" and AMT systems, and you are liable for whichever amount of tax owed is higher. We report possible AMT taxable income on Form 1099-DIV, Box 11.

Tax Information on IRAs
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How much may I contribute to my IRA? May I deduct my contribution?

Each IRA type offers potential tax advantages, has certain eligibility requirements, and annual contribution limits. T. Rowe Price makes it easy to compare a Roth IRA to a Traditional IRA to see what best fits your retirement savings plan. Our IRA Selector Tool helps you select the appropriate IRA type for your age, marital status, and annual income. Or browse Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA for a general comparison.


How can I track my basis in my IRA?

Roth IRA contributions can be tracked by referencing past Form 5498s that report contributions to your IRA and by completing Form 8606.

Non-deductible contributions made to your Traditional IRA can be tracked by referencing your Form 5498s to determine your total contribution amount and by completing the Form 8606.

If you would like more information, please view the Traditional and Roth IRA Summary and Agreement.


Should I convert my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

Roth IRAs can provide many advantages, including potential tax-free withdrawals in retirement, no required minimum distributions (RMDs), and estate planning benefits. A key consideration is whether or not to pay taxes now in order to provide tax-free income potential in the future.

Please reference the Roth Conversion section of our website for additional information.


How do I convert my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

A conversion of T. Rowe Price Traditional IRA mutual fund accounts can be requested through the Internet, over the phone, or via the T. Rowe Price IRA Roth Conversion form.

Please note that T. Rowe Price Brokerage IRAs must be converted by completing a T. Rowe Price Brokerage IRA Roth Conversion form.


I converted my IRA earlier in the year. May I undo the conversion?

If you have converted your IRA, you may recharacterize your conversion (i.e., cancel your conversion) prior to the due date (including extensions) for your tax return for the year during which the conversion was made. You will need to complete the T. Rowe Price IRA Recharacterization form. For more information, see IRS Publication 590: Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).


I over contributed to my IRA, what do I do now?

If you exceeded the contribution limit

If you exceeded the contribution limit, you will need to complete an IRA Excess Contribution Withdrawl. If the excess is removed before the tax-filing deadline, any earnings from the excess contribution are reported as taxable income and a 10% penalty may apply on those earnings if you are under 59-1/2 years of age. If the excess is not removed by the tax-filing deadline (including extensions), you are subject to a 6% penalty tax each year on the excess amounts that remain in your IRA.

If you exceeded the income limits, but did not exceed the contribution limit

If you did not exceed the contribution limit but are not eligible to make a full contribution to your Roth IRA, you may be able to recharacterize the Roth contribution to a Traditional IRA. If you exceeded the deductibility limit to contribute to your Traditional IRA, you may be able to recharacterize the Traditional IRA contribution to a Roth contribution.

For more information, browse contributions and deductibility to a Traditional IRA.


How will an excess contribution removal, a recharacterization, or a conversion be reported to me and the IRS?

Excess contributions, recharacterization distributions, and conversion distributions are reported on Form 1099-R, which is mailed in January. Recharacterization purchases and conversion purchases are reported on Form 5498, which is mailed in May. These transactions also will be reflected on your account statements. Log in to your account online to access your tax forms or account statements

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