Schedule B reports the interest and dividend income you receive during the tax year. However, you don’t need to attach a Schedule B every year you earn interest or dividends. It is only required when the total exceeds certain thresholds. In 2020 for example, a Schedule B is only necessary when you receive more than $1,500 of taxable interest or dividends.
Who needs to file a Schedule B?
If you received more than $1,500 in interest or dividend income, chances are you will need to file a Schedule B.
Taxable interest income
Most types of interest you earn are subject to federal income tax. This includes the interest you earn in a bank savings account or from corporate bonds you invest in. However, if you earn interest on Series I or EE savings bonds issued after 1989 or from certain municipal bonds, you can exclude this income from your tax return and the Schedule B.
Generally, the bank or entity paying the interest will report the taxable interest to you on a Form 1099-INT. You can use this information to determine whether you need to complete Schedule B, and if so, your 1099 provides all the essential information you need to fill it out.
Taxable ordinary dividends
Ordinary dividends are distributions of property that a corporation pays to shareholders when it is profitable. Not every stock you own will pay dividends, but if it does, that income is also taxable. For the typical investor, a dividend is usually a cash payment. When your annual dividends exceed the IRS reporting threshold, then you must report them on Schedule B.
Transferring totals to your tax return
If you earn $1,500 or less in total interest and dividend income during the year, you still have to pay tax on those amounts even though you don’t file a Schedule B. Enter the total amount of dividend and interest payments from your 1099s directly on the appropriate line of your personal income tax return.
When you do complete a Schedule B, there should be no difference in the amount of dividend and interest income on your 1099s and the schedule. Therefore, you should double check that the amounts your report on your return match what you report on Schedule B.
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