What it is:
Financial institutions must create Form 1099-DIV for dividends and distributions of at least $10 in a tax year. Taxable distributions from life insurance contracts and employee ownership plans are not subject to 1099-DIV reporting (they are reported using Form 1099-R). Substitute payments in lieu of dividends are also not reported on this form (they are reported on Form 1099-MISC). Dividend payments made to corporations, tax-exempt organizations, IRAs, Archer MSAs, health accounts, or government entities also do not count. Dividends paid to a 401(k) account appear on the form (but that doesn't necessarily they're taxable). The rules for dividend reporting on real estate can be complicated; be sure to seek professional tax advice.
How it works (Example):
Let's say that John Doe has an mutual fund company creates and sends a Form 1099-DIV to John (and the ) reflecting his $1,500 of .at XYZ. The pay dividends of $1,500 per . The