by Phil Royce, Consultant, Tax Advantaged Accounts, Wolters Kluwer
The 2016 tax-filing deadline and individual retirement account (IRA) regular contribution deadline is April 18, 2017. With the 2016 IRA contribution reporting deadline right around the corner, it is time to look at some of the IRA reporting requirements.
2016 IRA contributions are reported on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 5498, IRA Contribution Information. With the exception of IRA-to-IRA transfers, Form 5498 reports all contribution types to an IRA. The Form indicates the IRA type it represents, the IRA’s fair market value (FMV) on December 31, 2016, and contributions made to the IRA during and for 2016.
For an IRA owner, or a beneficiary after an IRA owner’s death, Form 5498 provides the IRS with information necessary for monitoring compliance with federal income tax laws. For an IRA owner, it is a summary of his/her annual IRA contribution activity. If an individual has multiple IRA agreements (plans) with an IRA custodian/trustee, the custodian/trustee files a separate Form 5498 for each IRA agreement/plan. The IRS Instructions for Forms 1099-R and 5498 provide the necessary details to ensure proper and timely IRA contribution reporting.
The 2016 Form 5498 must be sent to the IRS and to an IRA owner or beneficiary by May 31, 2017. Most financial organizations will submit these forms to the IRS electronically, either through their data service provider, or through a third-party vendor such as Wolters Kluwer Account Recordkeeping Services. The information in this article is based on the IRS instructions for paper reporting. The electronic reporting requirements may vary slightly. For specific instructions regarding electronic reporting to the IRS, see IRS Publication 1220, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G.
Form 5498 identifies an individual (i.e., IRA owner or beneficiary) by name, address on record with the IRA custodian/trustee, and taxpayer identification number (TIN), including Social Security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Treasury Regulation 301.6109-4 allows filers of Form 5498 to truncate an individual’s TIN on paper or electronic payee statements. A TIN is sensitive information and there is a risk that this information could be misappropriated from an IRA statement and misused in various ways, including facilitation of identity theft. A TIN is truncated by replacing the first five digits of the nine-digit number with asterisks or Xs.
Now we will take a look at the specifics of Form 5498, with a box-by-box tour:
Postponed Contribution Reporting – Boxes 13a, b, and c
Taxpayers in federally designated disaster areas may be granted additional time to file tax returns and make IRA contributions. These contributions can be reported on a Form 5498 for the year in which the contribution is made. Postponed contribution reporting is as follows:
Search for “tax relief in disaster situations” on the IRS website at www.irs.gov for specific disaster relief information.
Military personnel returning from overseas may be able to make contributions for previous years when they were out of the United States. For specific information on this type of postponed contribution, including the appropriate indicator codes for box 13c, see Special reporting for U.S. Armed Forces in designated combat zones included in the Instructions for Forms 1099-R and 5498.
The IRS encourages IRA custodians/trustees to include the telephone number of a person to contact who can answer questions about information provided on Form 5498. A custodian/trustee may include the telephone number in any conspicuous place on the Form.
As you can see, the IRA contribution reporting requirements are quite detailed, and have been significantly expanded over the years. The IRS Instructions for Forms 1099-R and 5498 is a great resource when trying to find answers to specific reporting-related questions. Additionally, we will keep you informed of year-to-year reporting changes at Wolterskluwer.com/Insights (filter by clicking on Industry and selecting Individual Retirement Accounts).
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