If you have a 401(k) or individual retirement account (IRA), you might be wondering what you are required to report on your taxes.
Luckily, you typically don’t need to report your 401(k) contributions, 401(k) or IRA balances, or even investment returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As a result, you might not receive any tax forms from Guideline or any other retirement providers.
However, if certain 401(k) or IRA transactions occurred during the year, you may need to file specific IRS forms with your tax return. These forms will include information that will help you report these transactions so you pay the appropriate taxes. While some forms will be provided automatically by your retirement account provider, you may have to complete others on your own or with your tax advisor.
Here is an overview of common 401(k) and IRA related forms that may be required when filing your taxes.
Forms completed and provided by the financial organization
If applicable, these are the forms you can expect to receive from your retirement provider or custodian:
IRS Form 1099-R
Form 1099-R is used to report distribution (withdrawal) amounts from a 401(k) plan or IRA. Note you will only receive this if you took a distribution or completed a direct rollover.
IRS Form 5498
Form 5498 reports contributions made to all types of IRAs. This form will show any rollover and conversion as well as more traditional contributions. Generally, Form 5498 is not required to be filed with your tax return, but it provides you an opportunity to verify that the information matches your tax return for your IRA and rollover contributions.
Where to find tax forms with Guideline
After any applicable tax forms become available, Guideline will provide a PDF version of each within your account (typically, several weeks after you receive the mailed hard copies).
Forms you may need to complete
In some cases, you may be required to complete the following forms:
IRS Form 5329
IRS Form 8606
Form 8606 is used for nondeductible contributions to an IRA
Filing the right forms with your tax return can help ensure that the information reported to the IRS is correct. There may be instances where additional forms or paperwork are needed.
If you are unsure whether you should be filing a specific form, we recommend reaching out to your tax advisor or accountant.
This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be taken as tax advice. You should consult a tax professional to determine what forms are needed to properly report your taxes.