Tax Center

Taxes are complicated and the laws continually evolve. These FAQs, cost basis rules, and form overviews should help keep you better informed about your tax situation. 


Cost basis reporting rules

The basics of cost basis reporting and what to do at tax time.

Tax forms and information

When to expect tax information and how to understand each form.

Tax FAQs

Answers to questions about reporting capital gains, dividends, IRA distributions, and more.


To help explain the often-complex tax information investors receive, we have compiled the following resources. We encourage you to review them in conjunction with a qualified tax advisor who can help you evaluate your specific tax situation.

Dividends and Capital Gain Distributions

Principal ETFs
2017 Dividend and Capital Gains Distribution Calendar  Download
Principal Funds, Inc.
2017 Dividend and Capital Gains Distribution Calendar  Download
2016 Capital Gains Distributions  Download
Historical Distributions   View
Principal Variable Contracts Funds, Inc.
2017 Dividend and Capital Gains Distribution Calendar  Download

Principal Exchange-Traded Funds Tax Information

Annual Tax Information
2016 Principal Exchange-Traded Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
2015 Principal Exchange-Traded Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download

Principal Fund Specific Tax Information

Annual Tax Information
2016 Principal Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
2015 Principal Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
2014 Principal Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
Report of Organizational Actions Affecting Basis of Securities
2017
April 28, 2017 - Global Opportunities Equity Hedged Fund Return of Capital  Download
2016
October 28, 2016 - Credit Opportunities Explorer Fund Return of Capital  Download
August 31, 2016 - Capital Securities Fund Return of Capital  Download
2015
August 31, 2015 - Capital Securities Fund Return of Capital  Download
April 24, 2015 - LargeCap Blend Fund II Acquisition & Return of Capital  Download
2014
December 15, 2014 PFI - Government & High Quality Bond Return of Capital  Download
June 6, 2014 PFI - LargeCap Value I Acquisition  Download
April 25, 2014 PFI - SmallCap Growth II Acquisition  Download
2012
February 17, 2012 PFI - SmallCap Growth Acquisition  Download
February 17, 2012 PFI - SmallCap Value Acquisition  Download
Written Notices
April 2017 Fund Liquidation Designations  Download
May 2015 Fund Merger Designations  Download
February 2015 Fund Merger Designations  Download

Principal Variable Contracts Funds, Inc.

Annual Tax Information
2016 Principal Variable Contract Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
2015 Principal Variable Contract Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
2014 Principal Variable Contract Funds Tax Reporting Supplement  Download
Written Notices
April 2015 Fund Merger Designations  Download