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Your 2019 Tax Filing: Alerts & Resources

The deadline for filing 2019 federal tax returns is Wednesday, April 15th.

Tax Reporting Alerts

Additional Forms 1099 for Money Market Fund Positions

In 2019, some of our clients held positions in one or both of the following money market positions: the JP Morgan US Government Money Market Fund and the JP Morgan Federal Money Market Fund Institutional Class. Be aware that each of these money market funds will generate their own separate Form 1099 and will arrive addressed from “The Carillon Family of Funds.” They will be mailed on February 15. Keep these forms with your tax records and share them with your CPA, as they reflect dividends that will not appear on your Raymond James Form 1099s.

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Reporting

For those who are subject to RMDs, the 1099-R that you receive from Raymond James will reflect your RMD amount and the federal income tax withheld from the distribution (if any). Be sure to share this information with your tax preparer.

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Reporting

TGS will provide QCD summaries to clients who have used this strategy in 2019. Be sure to advise your CPA about your QCD(s). If you aren’t working with a CPA, here are two things to remember as you file your 2019 return.

One. It can be easy to forget that the QCD portion of your distribution should not be included in your taxable income on your tax return. Your 1099-R will not break out the amount of your QCDs from your gross distribution. When you file Form 1040, report your total distribution on line 4a. Report the taxable portion of your distribution on line 4b and write “QCD” beside it to indicate that the difference between the amounts is due to a qualified charitable distribution. To read more about reporting the QCD when you file your tax return, refer to page 24 of the Instructions for Form 1040 at IRS.gov.

Two. Keep receipts or acknowledgements from the charities that show that your contribution was received with your tax records.

Tax Forms and Important Dates

On February 15, Raymond James will begin sending Forms 1099 to clients with investment assets in taxable (non-retirement) accounts. Unfortunately, each year we must remind you that 1099 delays and amended 1099s are an inconvenient reality. Due to delays caused by specific holdings and other complexities, some finalized 1099s may not be sent before the end of March.

Because of the potential for delays and amendments, we urge you to wait until April to complete your tax filing or file for an extension. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get started with your tax preparer, but only that the actual filing should be put off to avoid the potential hassle and extra expense of processing and filing an amended return.

You can find a timeline for the delivery of various tax documents and instructions for importing and exporting tax reporting data on the Raymond James Tax Year 2019 Resources page.

Online Access for Your Tax Forms

You might prefer to obtain your tax documents online through Client Access. If you’re already using Client Access, go to your Account Services screen to choose paperless delivery of your tax reports and other documents. You can click here to enroll in Client Access.

With the online delivery option, your Raymond James tax documents are securely stored and easy to find and print. You should receive an email each time a new document is available.

Protect Your Identity

The work of cyber criminals never stops evolving. At tax time and year-round, take steps to protect your devices and your identity. Familiarize yourself with the signs of identity theft, and stay abreast of the latest scams and fraud tactics. The IRS page outlining tax scams and consumer alerts is a good place to start.

Tax Reform

If you’d like more information about changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), visit the IRS Tax Reform information page.

TGS is here to help

Everyone at TGS Financial is accustomed to collaborating with the various professionals on our clients’ financial teams. Many of our clients have given us permission to communicate directly with their CPAs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to TGS Financial should you or your tax preparer have questions this tax season.

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