Filing Your 2019 Taxes: A Betterment Guide
The below dates may look different than they have in past years. This is because the IRS has extended tax deadlines this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. More changes could come—we’ll keep this page updated.
Top Dates Investors Should Know
Unlike the rules for banks or employers, the government guides investment services to distribute their main tax forms in mid-Feb. This means you can expect your 1099-B and DIV forms no sooner than Feb. 18.
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Most Common Tax Filing Questions
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Filing Tax Forms as an Investor: 1099-B, 1099-DIV, 1099-R, 1099-INT, and 5498
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Importing Tax Forms Into Tax Software: TurboTax, H&R Block, and TaxAct
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Insights From our Head of Tax on Filing Your Tax Return
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Tax Planning Happens Year Round, Not Just When You File
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Put Your Tax Refund To Work—We’ll Show You How
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Betterment Everyday Cash Reserve
Betterment Everyday Cash Reserve (“Cash Reserve”) is offered by Betterment LLC. Clients of Betterment LLC may participate in Cash Reserve through their brokerage account held at Betterment Securities. Neither Betterment LLC nor any of its affiliates is a bank. Through Cash Reserve, clients’ funds are deposited into one or more banks ("Program Banks") where the funds earn a variable interest rate and are eligible for FDIC insurance. Cash Reserve provides Betterment clients with the opportunity to earn interest on cash intended to purchase securities with through Betterment LLC and Betterment Securities. Cash Reserve should not be viewed as a long-term investment option.
Funds held in your brokerage account are not FDIC-insured but are protected by SIPC. Funds in transit to or from Program Banks are generally not FDIC-insured but are protected by SIPC, except when those funds are held in a sweep account following a deposit or prior to a withdrawal, at which time funds are eligible for FDIC insurance but are not protected by SIPC. See Betterment Client Agreements for further details. Funds deposited into Cash Reserve are eligible for up to $1,000,000.00 of FDIC insurance once the funds reach one or more Program Banks (up to $250,000 each at up to four Program Banks). Even if there are more than four Program Banks, Clients will not necessarily have deposits allocated in a manner that will provide FDIC insurance above $1,000,000. The FDIC calculates the insurance limits based on all accounts held in the same insurable capacity at a bank, not just cash in Cash Reserve. If clients elect to exclude one or more Program Banks from receiving deposits the amount of FDIC insurance available through Cash Reserve may be lower. Clients are responsible for monitoring their total assets at each Program Bank, including existing deposits held at Program Banks outside of Cash Reserve, to ensure FDIC insurance limits are not exceeded, which could result in some funds being uninsured. For more information on FDIC insurance please visit www.FDIC.gov. Deposits held in Program Banks are not protected by SIPC. For more information see the full terms and conditions and Betterment LLC’s Form ADV Part II.