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dane1234
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Claimed withholding for federal taxes was correctly entered, matches my form SSA-1099.  Can't understand why this is even being questioned.  It was the only issue identified in the IRS letter.
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macuser_22
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Only the IRS could tall you why they want it.  The 12C letter should have a number to call for more information.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**

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AnnetteB6
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Unfortunately, your questions need to be answered by the IRS.

 

It is somewhat unusual to see Federal income taxes being withheld from Social Security benefits.  If you continue to get those withholdings refunded each year when you file your return, maybe you should consider stopping the withholding since something seems to be triggering the action by the IRS.  

 

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macuser_22
Level 15

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Only the IRS could tall you why they want it.  The 12C letter should have a number to call for more information.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
dane1234
Level 2

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Yes, there was a phone number on letter, but easier to just mail copy of SSA-1099 proving that claimed amount of federal withholding was correct.  But does SSA not electronically report its 1099 forms to IRS?  Guess not.
macuser_22
Level 15

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

The IRS has a copy.  They might be suspecting ID theft and want to be sure that *you* have a copy.  Only the IRS knows what they want it.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
dane1234
Level 2

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Okay, thanks   The ball is now back in IRS' court.  Will see what happens next.
Rostonllc1
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

You need to fill out form 8962

BMcCalpin
Level 13

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

@Rostonllc1, while it is true that an IRS 12C letter may be asking for form 8962, in this case what the Original Poster (OP) indicated was that the letter was asking for proof of federal tax withholding. The withholding could be on form W-2 or W-2G or any of a number of 1099s or, as in this case, SSA-1099. If the IRS had wanted form 8962, the letter would have explicitly said so.

 

@dane1234, I presume that this issue has long been dealt with (and successfully I hope), but based on what you have written, it would seem to me that either the Social Security Administration (SSA) failed to send a copy of your SSA-1099 to the IRS or sent it with a different amount for withholding. Yes, the SSA does copy the IRS on the SSA-1099 as a matter of course.

 

I presume that you sent the copy of the SSA-1099, and that you and the IRS have communicated and straightened out the confusion.

dane1234
Level 2

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Yes, after I mailed copy of SSA-1099 showing exactly the federal withholding I had claimed, got refund check for expected amount about ten days later.  This has happened twice in a row now.  If it happens this year (2019 tax return, filed in 2020) I will be annoyed.

dane1234
Level 2

Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

For now the third time in five years, I have received a letter from the IRS asking me to mail copies of my claimed federal tax withholding by Social Security and for my IRA.  No problem, mailed copies showing exactly what I had claimed in my 2021 federal tax return.  But I thought that if IRS challenged you two times before on an issue, with no change in tax due, they weren’t suppose to question you for a third time.  Is this policy no longer in effect?  And why doesn’t the IRS already have a copy of these withholdings? 

AnnetteB6
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

Unfortunately, your questions need to be answered by the IRS.

 

It is somewhat unusual to see Federal income taxes being withheld from Social Security benefits.  If you continue to get those withholdings refunded each year when you file your return, maybe you should consider stopping the withholding since something seems to be triggering the action by the IRS.  

 

@dane1234

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Becky G
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

This is the 1st year this has happened to me. I filed 2/3 accepted same day about 3 weeks later wmr said delayed. I called to see what the problem was and they said I was in errors dept and will receive a notice but they can't tell me why. I got the notice 3/6 dated for 3/4 saying I had 20 days to sens proof of my claimed withholdings because it didn't match their records. The only thing different this yr was unemployment which I had taxes taken out of. Anyways I faxed all my documents proving what I claimed the very next day (3/7). My transcripts and online account show I haven't even filed a return and wmr says delayed. I called last week to make sure they got my fax and they said they have zero records of my info to upload on the documentation tool online so I went ahead and did that. Still nothing!!! Everytime I call the number on the letter it directs me to a payment line which I don't owe anything or atleast they haven't said I do. I get redirected to customer service and they can't tell me anything they say they have no clue what's going on. I can't find help or information anywhere. Please if you get answers or your return can you update :). Sorry I can't help but wanted to respond seeing I don't know anyone else that had this happen.

JohnB5677
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Got a 12c IRS query letter asking for proof of claimed withholding for federal taxes. It was directly from form SSA-1099. Why is this even being questioned?

You might have some luck getting through locally.  Make an appointment and hand-carry your documents to them.  I've never had success with faxing unless there was someone there to physically pick it up and confirm they had it. 

 

Taxpayer Assistance Center Local IRS Office


 

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