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Retirement tax questions

You enter the 1099-R *exactly* as it is.  If there is an amount in box 2a, then it must be entered.  In most cases, that is the taxable amount.  If there is a "basis" in the account that makes the taxable amount different, the the follow-up questions in TurboTax will handle that situation.

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