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For E*Trade specifically, the first page of the consolidated 1099 has a table-of-contents pointing to the equivalents of the various forms, and a note about which forms you didn't get. Starting on page 3, it has the forms, although they're in table format, with the box number in the first column, description in the 2nd, and amounts in the 3rd. I find this preferable and much more readable than the IRS forms. After the forms are the details that went into populating the forms, which you can ignore, or use to reconcile with your records and use for future planning. Overall, I like the way E*Trade does it, although if it's your first time seeing one, it will take some studying.

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