When will I receive my IRS Form 1099-DIV?
Your Form 1099-DIV will usually be mailed to you by January 31 for the previous tax year unless you were invested in the following funds:
- Thrivent Growth and Income Plus Fund
- Thrivent Diversified Income Plus Fund
- Thrivent Multidimensional Income Fund
Form 1099-DIV will usually be mailed in late February for the above funds because they include holdings in real estate investment trusts (REITs). Funds that invest in REITs must wait until after year-end for additional information from the REIT in order to correctly classify the distributions from the fund as a dividend, capital gain or return of capital.
Why did I receive a Form 1099-DIV?
Federal regulations require companies to report all dividend and capital gain distributions greater than $10 to shareholders and to the IRS on Form 1099-DIV, regardless of when the shareholder reinvested or received dividends in cash. These distributions are taxable in the year received.
Why didn't I receive a Form 1099-DIV?
Shareholders with dividends and short-term capital gain distributions under $10 will not receive a Form 1099-DIV. The IRS does not require 1099 Forms in cases where the interest, dividends or short-term capital gain distributions are under $10. However, the IRS does require individuals to report these amounts under $10 on their tax returns. Shareholders can check their year-end statements to verify the total amount of dividends and capital gains for an account. If you don't know whether to include this amount, please consult your tax advisor.
What is a dividend distribution?
A dividend distribution is income from dividends and interest earned by a mutual fund's holdings. Dividends that a fund earns must be paid to shareholders at least once per year.
What are qualified dividends?
Per the IRS, qualified dividends are ordinary dividends meeting specific criteria so they can be taxed at a lower long-term capital gains tax rate.
When are dividends and capital gains paid?
Thrivent Mutual Funds distribution policy is as follows: money market and most bond funds generally declare income dividends daily and distribute them monthly. Income dividends are often paid quarterly for balanced funds (stocks, bonds, and cash). Capital gains (if required) for equity and bond funds are generally paid after fiscal year-end and before calendar year-end. Thrivent Mutual Funds typically distributes capital gains in December.
How do I determine if I will receive a dividend or capital gain distribution and when I will receive it?
The Fund's prospectus indicates the dividend schedule followed. Thrivent Mutual Funds generally distributes capital gain distributions annually in December. The timing of a distribution and the determination of which shareholder is eligible to receive it is based upon the record date. The date the distribution is paid is the ex-dividend date.
- Record Date: All shareholders who own shares as of the end of this day are eligible to receive the distribution. This date is usually the business day prior to the ex-dividend date.
- Ex-dividend Date/Payable Date: The date on which the distribution amount per share is deducted from the fund's net asset value per share. The fund pays shareholders their share of the distribution on this date.
Why was federal income tax withheld from my dividends and capital gains?
The IRS requires mutual fund companies to withhold federal income tax at a rate of 24% for one of two reasons:
- We do not have a certified Social Security number on file for your account.
- The IRS has instructed us to withhold on your account.
This withholding has been forwarded to the IRS on your behalf as a prepayment of your income taxes. Therefore, we cannot refund to you amounts withheld. Report the amount of tax withheld on your IRS Form 1040.
Which federal tax rates apply to dividends and capital gains?
Nonqualified dividends and short-term capital gains are subject to ordinary income tax rates. Qualified dividends and long-term capital gains are subject to the applicable capital gain rate, depending on your income tax bracket.
Is a return of capital (nontaxable distribution) reported on my IRS Form 1040?
Return of capital distributions are generally not taxed unless the return of capital amount exceeds the cost basis of the mutual fund shares you own. The return of capital distribution reduces your cost basis for the mutual fund shares. If cost basis is available for your account, the applicable adjustments are made for return of capital distributions.
Why are some of the dividends from the Thrivent Municipal Bond Fund and Thrivent High Income Municipal Bond Fund subject to the AMT?
The portion of earnings subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) calculation for each fund comes from the fund’s investment in private activity municipal bonds. See the following percentage of federal tax-exempt dividends that are subject to the AMT.
How are the dividends earned on the Thrivent Municipal Bond Fund and Thrivent High Income Municipal Bond Fund taxed at the state level?
For the most part, all of the distributions you received from the Thrivent Municipal Bond Fund and the Thrivent High Income Municipal Bond Fund are taxable at the state level. However, some states do not tax their residents on interest attributed to municipal securities issued by that state. See the State Tax Information for Federal Tax-Exempt Dividends page for more information.
Why aren’t all of the dividends from the Thrivent Municipal Bond Fund and Thrivent High Income Municipal Bond Fund exempt from federal income tax?
Most of the dividends paid by the Thrivent Municipal Bond Fund and the Thrivent High Income Municipal Bond Fund are exempt from federal income tax because the Fund primarily invests in municipal bonds that are tax-exempt. However, a small portion of the dividends paid by the Fund is considered taxable income because some bonds were purchased at a discount to the market. This discount results when the purchase price is lower than the issue price of the bond. The difference is accrued as taxable income for the bond’s life and is not tax-exempt. Capital gain distributions, if paid by the Fund, are also taxable at the federal level.