2018 Tax Information


Tax Info Sheet


2018 Tax Information, Rates, Schedules and Contribution Limits

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Estimated year-end distributions

Capital gains estimates expected to be distributed by certain Eaton Vance and Calvert mutual funds.

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Year-end distributions


Ordinary income and capital gains distributed by certain Eaton Vance and Calvert mutual funds.

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Q&A: Capital gains distributions

Information on capital gains and how they are distributed.

At the end of each year, mutual funds distribute capital gains to their shareholders. These distributions are the difference between gains that arise when securities that have appreciated in value are sold and the losses from sales of securities that have depreciated in value. This Q&A seeks to answer important questions shareholders may have about capital gains distributions.

Eaton Vance does not provide legal or tax advice. This Q&A is provided for informational purposes only. There is no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. Individuals should consult their own legal and tax counsel as to matters discussed.

  • Why are capital gain distributions made to shareholders each year?
    Mutual funds are not subject to federal income tax on the portion of capital gains distributed to shareholders. A mutual fund is required annually to distribute substantially all of its net investment income in the form of dividends and net realized capital gains, per IRS rules. Distributions are then subject to tax when paid to shareholders and are included in a shareholder’s income tax return. Capital gain distributions received in a tax-deferred account are not taxable in the current year.
  • How are the amounts of the capital gains determined?
    Distributions are generally based on the capital gains the fund realizes from November 1 of the previous year to October 31 of the current year. If this annual period does not correspond with the fund’s fiscal year, distributions will be either gains realized during the fiscal year or those realized during the excise tax measurement period, whichever is greater.
  • Why are capital gains distributed if the market declines/if the mutual fund has a negative performance?
    Regardless of whether a mutual fund posted a positive or negative return for the year, the fund will distribute any net realized capital gains in order to qualify for special tax treatment by the IRS. While losses from the sales of securities may be used to offset realized gains from sales of other securities, any net capital gain will be distributed to shareholders.
  • When a capital gain is distributed, do shareholders lose money?
    No. On the date of the distribution, the net asset value of the fund will drop by the amount paid to shareholders. This is why a fund’s price per share generally falls when distributions are made. Unless a shareholder receives a distribution in cash, the value of a shareholder’s account is not affected by a capital gain distribution.
  • Do portfolio managers try to reduce gains by realizing losses?
    Our focus is on the long-term performance of the fund for our shareholders. Portfolio management decisions are based on investment merits. Portfolio managers will not sell a security with sole purpose of realizing a loss. Instead, decisions to sell securities are based on the analysis of investment prospects. However, when we do decide to sell a security, we attempt to do so in a tax-advantageous manner.

    For our tax-managed funds, buy and sell decisions are made by balancing investment considerations and tax considerations, and taking into account the taxes payable by shareholders in connection with distributions of investment income and net realized gains. These funds seek to minimize income distributions and distributions of realized short-term gains that are taxed as ordinary income, as well as distributions of realized long-term gains (taxed as long-term capital gains).

Internal Revenue Service Form 8937

Report of Organizational Actions Affecting Basis of Securities


2018 Tax Form Mailing Information


If you’d like to receive your tax forms via electronic delivery instead of by mail, please log into your account and enroll in E-Delivery. You will be notified by e-mail once your tax form(s) are ready to be downloaded.

Retirement Forms (1099-R)

Were mailed by January 28, 2019.

Non retirement Forms (1099-DIV, 1099-B)

Will be mailed by February 15, 2019.

Real Estate Fund shareholders (1099-DIV, 1099-B)

Will be mailed by March 15, 2019.

Holders of both retirement
and non-retirement accounts

Will receive forms in separate packages.

Accounts with less than $10.00
of reportable income

May not receive a tax form.

Tax forms for closed-end funds

Are issued by your brokerage firm. If you have any questions with regard to your closed-end fund tax form, please contact your financial advisor.



Prior Year Tax Guides & Information


The following information may be helpful for you and your tax advisor in preparing or revising prior year tax returns. This information is not intended as tax advice. Please contact your tax advisor with any questions.

 

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