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Filing Your Taxes

Recent Distributions
View a complete report of recent fund distributions.

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Log into your account, click the View Statements tab, and select Tax Statements

Turbo Tax and H&R Block At Home
Find answers to frequently asked questions about using these software packages to file your taxes electronically.
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If you have any questions, please call a Harbor Shareholder Services Representative at 800-422-1050, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Tax Planning

It's never too early to contribute to your IRA...
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Roth IRA vs Traditional IRA
Review our one-page guide to these two types of retirement accounts, or learn more about how to convert to a Roth IRA online.

Do Cost Basis rules affect you?
Learn more about the federal cost basis regulations.


Harbor Funds Tax Statements

Harbor Funds Tax Statements — Tax Year 2016

The table below lists all of the various tax statements that Harbor sent out to shareholders in early 2017. These statements are also available online when you log into to your account.

Note: Not all shareholders receive all of these documents - it depends on the funds and accounts you hold with us.


IRS Form Description Estimated Mailing Schedule
1099-R Form 1099-R reports any distributions you have taken from your Harbor retirement accounts.  For more information, refer to the Harbor Tax Guide for 1099-R Mailed on January 10, 2017
Available online
1099-DIV The Form 1099-DIV is a record of all taxable capital gains and dividends paid to you, including those that have been re-invested in a given tax year. You would use Form 1099-DIV to help report income received from investments on your tax return.  Note: Forms are not sent to investors who received or re-invested a total of less than $10 per fund.  For more information, refer to the Harbor Tax Guide for 1099-DIV/B Mailed on January 21, 2017
Available online
1099-B Any redemptions you made during the tax year will result in a gain or loss, depending on whether the fund price increased or decreased from what you paid for it. For partial redemptions, we calculate the cost basis of the redemption by adding up the cost basis for the entire account and dividing by the number of shares. To determine whether short- or long-term capital gains apply, the IRS presumes you sell the oldest shares first. Form 1099-B summarizes the proceeds and includes the costs basis of all transactions. Figures from Form 1099-B are used on IRS Form 1040, Schedule D. For more information, refer to the Harbor Tax Guide for 1099-DIV/B Mailed on January 21, 2017
Available online
1099-DIV/B Potential Wash Sale Accounts These forms were withheld from our January mailing date due to potential wash sale activity.  For more information on wash sales, please refer to our Cost Basis FAQs. Mailed on February 6, 2017
Available online
1042-S Form 1042-S reports distributions of ordinary income dividends, long-term capital gains, gain from U.S. real property interests, and return of capital paid during the year to beneficial owners who are either non-resident aliens or foreign entities. Mailed on March 9, 2017
Available online
5498 Form 5498 reports your IRA contributions to the IRS. Harbor files this form directly with the IRS by May 31. The copy you receive will be just that - a copy for your records. You do not need to submit the Form 5498 to the IRS. Mid-May, 2017

Cost Basis

Mutual funds are required to provide cost basis information to shareholders and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You should be aware of these regulations and how they will affect the tax reporting on your taxable Harbor Funds accounts.

For more information on Cost Basis and how it may affect you, please visit the Cost Basis frequently asked questions.

Income from U.S. Government Obligations

Income from U.S. Government Obligations - Year Ended December 31, 2016

Mutual fund dividends derived from U.S. government securities are exempt from state and local taxes. The table below shows the percentage of the ordinary dividend paid by each Harbor fund in 2016 that was derived from U.S. Treasury and certain Federal Agency obligations. If the fund you own is not listed, it does not qualify for this exemption.

Fund Name Percentage of Income Derived from U.S. Government Obligations
Harbor Commodity Real Return Strategy Fund 100.00%
Harbor Unconstrained Bond Fund 23.40%
Harbor Bond Fund 20.77%
Harbor Real Return Fund* 100.00%
Harbor Money Market Fund* 85.86%

* These funds meet the threshold requirements for California, Connecticut and New York, which require that at least 50% of a fund's assets at each quarter-end within the tax year consist of U.S. government obligations.

The information shown above should not be construed as specific tax, legal or investment advice. If you have questions, please consult with your tax adviser to determine the appropriate use of this information for your tax situation.

Corporate Dividends-Received Deduction

Corporate Dividends-Received Deduction -- Year Ended December 31, 2016

The following percentage of each fund's ordinary income dividend (income dividend plus short-term capital gain distribution) qualifies for the federal 70% dividends-received deduction (DRD). To be eligible for the deduction you must be a taxable corporation. Your eligibility for this deduction could be affected by certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

Fund Name Percentage Eligible for Dividends-Received Deduction
Harbor Capital Appreciation Fund 100.00%
Harbor Large Cap Value Fund 100.00%
Harbor Mid Cap Value Fund 84.44%
Harbor Small Cap Value Fund 100.00%
Harbor International Fund 16.86%
Harbor Diversified International All Cap Fund 0.00%
Harbor International Small Cap Fund 0.00%
Harbor International Growth Fund 0.00%
Harbor Emerging Markets Equity Fund 0.00%
Harbor Convertible Securities Fund 8.83%

The information shown above should not be construed as specific tax, legal or investment advice. If you have questions, please consult with your tax adviser to determine the appropriate use of this information for your tax situation.

Foreign Tax Credit

Foreign Tax Credit Information -- Year Ended December 31, 2016

Certain Harbor funds paid foreign taxes that can be passed through to shareholders. As a shareholder, you may be entitled to claim a foreign tax credit or take an itemized deduction on your federal income tax return for such amounts. Depending on your individual situation, you may be required to file Foreign Tax Credit Form 1116 or Form 1118 (Corporation).

Shareholders completing Form 1116 are no longer required to report foreign taxes paid on a country-by-country basis; simply enter "RIC" on line g.

To calculate your total income from foreign sources paid by the fund, multiply the amount in Box 1a of your 1099-DIV by the percentage found in the column below titled "Percent of Box 1a That is Foreign Sourced Income". Depending on your tax situation, you may be required to adjust foreign sourced income by foreign sourced qualified dividend income received. To determine the amount of qualified dividend income, multiply the amount in Box 1a of your 1099-DIV by the percentage in the column below titled "Percent of Box 1a That is Foreign Sourced Qualified Dividend Income". For more information please see Instructions to Form 1116 and IRS Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals.


Fund Name Percent of Box 1a That is Foreign Sourced Income Percent of Box 1a That is Foreign Sourced Qualified Dividend Income
Harbor International Fund 100.00% 92.10%
Harbor Diversified International All Cap Fund 100.00% 100.00%
Harbor International Small Cap Fund 100.00% 100.00%
Harbor International Growth Fund 100.00% 100.00%
Harbor Emerging Markets Equity Fund 100.00% 87.09%

Certain states may require a breakout by country in order to claim a foreign tax credit on that state's tax return. Please refer to the following pages for detailed breakouts:
Harbor International Fund Foreign Tax Calculator
Harbor Diversified International All Cap Fund Foreign Tax Calculator
Harbor International Small Cap Fund Foreign Tax Calculator
Harbor International Growth Fund Foreign Tax Calculator
Harbor Emerging Markets Equity Fund Foreign Tax Calculator

The information shown above should not be construed as specific tax, legal or investment advice. If you have questions, please consult with your tax adviser to determine the appropriate use of this information for your tax situation.

Qualified Dividend Income

Qualified Dividend Income - Year Ended December 31, 2016

The following percentage of each fund's ordinary income dividend (income dividend plus short-term capital gain distribution) is eligible for reduced tax rates as qualified dividend income (QDI) for 2016.


Fund Name QDI Percentage
Harbor Capital Appreciation Fund 100.00%
Harbor Large Cap Value Fund 100.00%
Harbor Mid Cap Value Fund 92.28%
Harbor Small Cap Value Fund 100.00%
Harbor International Fund 100.00%
Harbor Diversified International All Cap Fund 100.00%
Harbor International Small Cap Fund 100.00%
Harbor International Growth Fund 100.00%
Harbor Emerging Markets Equity Fund 98.11%
Harbor Convertible Securities Fund 10.80%

The information shown above should not be construed as specific tax, legal or investment advice. If you have questions, please consult with your tax adviser to determine the appropriate use of this information for your tax situation.

Return of Capital - Form 8937

Organizational actions (e.g. return of capital) affecting the basis of securities held in Harbor Funds are reported on IRS Form 8937.

2016 Form 8937 - Harbor Commodity Real Return Strategy Fund