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Why was Form 5498 Not Issued for my Rollover Contribution?

Last Updated June 21, 2018

Question: 

I took a distribution from my IRA last year, but I subsequently rolled over the amount to my IRA within 60-days, which means that the amount is not taxable. However, I did not receive a Form 5498 IRA Contribution Statement for last year, and I am concerned that this absence of the Form may lead the IRS to determine that my distribution is taxable. When I contacted my IRA Custodian, they told me that the Form 5498 will be issued for this year, in May of next year. Is that correct?

 

 

Answer: 

It depends.  While your IRA Custodian is required to issue a Form 5498 for rollover contributions made to your IRA, you will not receive one for last year if your rollover contribution was made this year. This can be the case for distributions that are taken late in the year and rolled over the following year. For example, if a distribution taken in December of 2017 and the amoun is rolled over in January of 2018 , the 5498 would be issued in May of 2019. If that is the case, provide a copy of your IRA statement, showing the rollover, to your tax-preparer. Your tax-preparer should be able to use the information on the statement to prepare your tax return.

 

Answered by Denise Appleby