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Unless there's withholding, in which case you've been naughty, who needs a 1099? I'd suspect that most people are like me, with vanilla investment portfolios in which all is settled on 12/31. What with online access, you don't even have to wait for a statement.
Well, my investment life is mostly vanilla, with a few chocolate chips thrown in. Certainly not tutti-frutti, either, but I do need the composite 1099 statements, for me, my wife, and my father.

Both Schwab and Fidelity have a poor notion of what are qualified dividends, especially from foreign corps, and mutual funds, even on the original 1099s.

And for my bond investments, I generally have an adjustment to capital gains vs. interest income for market discount realized on bond sales/maturities.

And in spite of these arduous challenges (J/K) I can still manage to plan close enough to not have a large balance due or overpayment, so I'm not in a hurry to file early. Ever. Besides, working in a CPA firm gives me enough real work to keep me busy.

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