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Many banks and brokers have received permission from the IRS to use substitute 1099 forms. They contain all of the information included in the official forms. Brokers, in particular, will consolidate all of the various 1099 forms they might need into a single document. If you read their consolidated 1099 carefully, you'll find various sections labeled 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, 1099-B, 1099-MISC and possibly a couple of others.

If you are using a tax preparer, just bring that whole package, including the boilerplate instruction pages. The pages are undoubtedly numbered something like "Page 3 of 8". It's very annoying as a tax pro to get only a few of the known number of pages. You don't know what is missing on the pages which weren't included.

If you are preparing your own return, that consolidated 1099 is all you need. There is no reason to copy the information on to the official versions of the various 1099s. You should not mail these 1099s with your tax return. The IRS does not want them.

--Peter
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