2014 Estimated Distributions
To help with your 2014 tax planning, we've provided estimates of the per-share distributions for many of our funds.1,2 Please keep in mind that the following amounts are estimates and may vary from the actual distributions.
- What are distributions?
- Why are some distributions larger than others?
- Why do funds pay distributions?
- When can I expect tax information?
Note: Money market funds declare dividends daily and distribute income monthly. These funds are expected to make only regular monthly income distributions on December 31, 2014, and are not listed above.
Regulations regarding distributions can be complex, and there are several methods for managing your tax liability. Please consult a tax advisor about your particular circumstances. You also may obtain helpful information by calling the Internal Revenue Service at
What are distributions?
There are two types of distributions: income and capital gains. Mutual fund companies must pass along 98% of net investment income and 98.2% capital gains to their shareholders.
- You will receive income distributions if the securities in your fund pay dividends or interest.
- You will receive capital gain distributions if the sale of securities within your mutual fund creates a profit. These gains will be designated as short- or long-term based on how long the securities were held in the portfolio, not on when you purchased fund shares.
Why are some distributions larger than others?
The amount of a distribution can increase when the dividend payments or profits increase. A fund's capital gain distribution, however, is not necessarily a reflection of its overall performance. Because regulations regarding distributions are complex, you may want to consult a tax advisor about your circumstances.
American Century Investments® pays per-share distributions to shareholders invested on the fund's record day4. On the Payable Date, each fund's share price is reduced by the amount of its distribution.
If distributions are paid to your account, you will see them on your fourth quarter statement and for taxable accounts in taxable funds, on the IRS Form 1099-DIV you will receive in January.
Why do funds pay distributions?
Tax rules require mutual funds to distribute 98% of net investment income and 98.2% capital gains to shareholders each year. The rules also allow mutual funds to offset capital gains with losses carried forward from a prior year.
When can I expect tax information?
You can view distributions paid in December on your annual account statement, which is sent in early January. If your fund pays a distribution to your taxable account or you have sold shares, we will mail your tax forms by the end of January. For Real Estate Fund and Global Real Estate Fund shareholders, we will mail your Form 1099-DIV/B in late February.
Visit americancentury.com mid-December for more tax-time information.
1Dividend income estimates for income funds that declare distributions daily are not generally listed, although they may pay distributions. In addition, some stock funds in the chart may show no estimated distributions at this time. However, please keep in mind that this may change.
2The estimates provided are as of October 31, 2014. Keep in mind that market conditions, portfolio changes and/or changes in outstanding fund shares could affect these estimates substantially. In addition, there is a possibility that funds not listed above could be eligible to pay a capital gains distribution. This information is not final and is subject to change until the ex-dividend date.
3The estimates in this chart do not reflect calculations for Qualified Dividends. However, those calculations, if applicable, will appear on Form 1099-DIV sent in late January 2015.
4Per-share distributions are paid to investors who are shareholders of record with American Century Investments the business day before the payable date.