What is Form 5498-ESA?

Form 5498-ESA is to be filed with the IRS for each beneficiary whom you handle a Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA).

Who is the beneficiary of a Coverdell ESA?

It's the student. Not the person, who is contributing money to the student's account. For the student to qualify as a beneficiary, a Coverdell ESA must be established before the student reaches 18 years old. The account must be designated as a Coverdell from the start, not rolled over from another kind of savings account.

Form 5498 ESA shows all contributions as well as rollover contributions to a Coverdell Education Savings Account. You need to send the copy to the participants who made contributions to their respective accounts in the preceding tax year.

Usually, if a total distribution was made from an account with no contributions (including rollovers) for that year, then you do not need to file Form 5498-ESA.

Form 5498-ESA Filing Deadline

You must E-file Form 5498-ESA to the IRS by May 31, 2019 and must furnish a copy to IRA beneficiary by April 30, 2019 following the tax year you managed the account.

How to File Form 5498-ESA?

The IRS requires that all trustees file Form 5498-ESA online through an approved e-file provider. You can e-file IRS Form 5498-ESA, IRA Coverdell ESA Contribution & Rollover Information, online to the IRS with ExpressIRSForms.

To e-file IRS Form 5498-SA, simply:

  • Create an account with ExpressIRSForms
  • Choose "Form 5498-ESA"
  • Enter Trustee's or Issuer's Details
  • Enter Beneficiary Details
  • Enter IRA & Rollover Contribution Information
  • Review, Pay, & Transmit the Form 5498-ESA directly to the IRS

ExpressIRSForms is an IRS-authorized e-file provider that allows you to e-file Form 5498-ESA in a matter of minutes!

Information Required to File Form 5498-ESA

The following information is needed to report Form 5498-ESA to the IRS:

  • Trustee/Issuer's Information (Name, TIN, Address, and Contact Information)
  • Beneficiary’s Information (Name, TIN, Address, and Contact Information)
    • Coverdell ESA Contribution Details
    • Rollover Contribution Details

Form 5498-ESA Filing Penalties

Failing to file a complete, correct Form 5498-ESA by the deadline without a reasonable excuse can lead to IRS penalties.

You can also receive a penalty if you:

  • Fail to file forms
  • Paper file when you're required to e-file
  • File a form with information missing
  • File incorrect information
  • Report an incorrect federal ID number or social security number

IRS penalties are based upon when you ultimately file a corrected return.

Form 5498-ESA Extensions

If for some reason you believe you won't be able to file your Form 5498-ESA by the deadline, you can apply for an automatic 30-day extension of time to file by submitting Form 8809. Form 8809 can be e-filed right from your ExpressIRSForms account in no time!