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Taxes

Tax reporting for IRA contributions, conversions & recharacteriza­tions

Already have an IRA? Here are some brief explanations for how we report IRA contributions, conversions, and recharacterizations for tax purposes.
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Conversions

Conversions from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA are reported on Form 1099‑R.

The distribution code in Box 7 is determined by your age at the time you converted.

Learn more about Roth conversions

Recharacterizations

Recharacterizations from a Roth IRA to a traditional IRA—and vice versa—are reported on 2 different tax forms:

  • Form 1099-R reports the distribution.
  • Form 5498 reports the contribution.

Learn more about IRA recharacterizations

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If you contributed or converted in 2020 and recharacterized in 2021

You'll see an "R" in Box 7 of Form 1099-R.

Although the original contribution or conversion took place in 2020, the recharacterization will be reported for the 2021 tax year.
 

If you contributed and then recharacterized, all in 2021

You'll see an "N" in Box 7 of Form 1099-R.
 

If you recharacterize a contribution in 2022

Since the recharacterization takes place in the 2022 tax year, you'll receive the tax form that reports the transaction in early 2023.

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