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Tax Forms You May Receive

Each year, we send you tax forms based on the type of account you own and the activity that took place in your account throughout the year.

To help protect your information, the first five digits of your Social Security number or tax identification number will be concealed on all of your tax forms.

Here are some common tax documents that you may receive from us.

This statement is sent in early January to all American Funds account owners whose accounts were still open after September 30. It contains all activity for the tax year, including:

  • original price per share of all purchases and reinvestments
  • contributions and transfers to CollegeAmerica® accounts
  • year-end account value
  • a required minimum distribution (RMD) notice to IRA account owners who will be age 70½ or older in the upcoming year

Note: For tax purposes, you should keep your year-end statements for at least six calendar years after the final sale of your fund shares.

This form is sent to most non-retirement/non-education account owners who received a taxable dividend, exempt-interest dividend or capital gain distribution. The form includes:

  • total ordinary dividends
  • qualified dividends
  • total capital gain distributions
  • non-dividend distributions
  • federal income tax withheld
  • foreign taxes paid
  • federally tax-exempt income dividends from American Funds municipal bond funds
  • private activity bond interest used to calculate alternative minimum tax, if that tax applies to you

Online By: Late January

Mailed By: January 31, 2018

This form is sent to most non-retirement/non-education account owners who sold or exchanged shares of American Funds (other than American Funds U.S. Government Money Market Fund℠). The form includes information on all sales and exchanges of shares, including the:

  • date of each sale
  • number of shares sold
  • share price and dollar amount of each transaction
  • cost basis information when available
  • long- and short-term gain or loss information when available

Online By: Late January

Mailed By: January 31, 2018

This form is sent to owners of traditional, Roth, SEP and SIMPLE IRAs and other retirement accounts who received distributions from their accounts.

Online By: Mid-January

Mailed By: January 31, 2018

This form is sent to owners of CollegeAmerica and Coverdell ESA accounts who received distributions from their accounts. The form includes information on:

  • CollegeAmerica distributions including the basis and earnings
  • Coverdell ESA distributions and fair market value as of December 31

Online By: Mid-January

Mailed By: January 31, 2018

This form is sent to California residents who had state backup withholding. The form includes information on the withholding.

Online By: Mid-January

Mailed By: January 31, 2018

This form is sent to nonresident aliens and eligible foreign entities. It reports income received by nonresident aliens or foreign entities that have valid tax documentation of foreign tax status on file with American Funds. The form includes information on:

  • gross income paid
  • country of tax residence
  • nonresident alien (NRA) tax withheld
  • applicable NRA withholding rate
  • applicable Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) tax withheld

Online By: Mid-March

Mailed By: March 15, 2018

This form is sent to Coverdell ESA beneficiaries/recipients whose accounts received a contribution or transfer.

Online By: Late April

Mailed By: May 1, 2018

This form is sent to traditional, Roth, SEP and SIMPLE IRA owners who made contributions to their accounts. The form includes information on:

  • IRA, rollover and recharacterization contributions to traditional IRAs
  • Roth, rollover, conversion and recharacterization contributions to Roth IRAs
  • rollover contributions to SEP and SIMPLE IRAs
  • fair market value of account as of December 31
  • indication whether IRS has been notified that account is subject to required minimum distribution (RMD) rules (if IRA owner will be age 70½ or older)

Online By: Late May

Mailed By: May 31, 2018

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Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing.