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chess_tramp
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Entered a 1099-R with Distribution Code = G. Why is the distribution showing up on form 1040, line 4c = Pensions and Annuities instead of line 4a = IRA Distributions?

 
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dmertz
Level 15

Entered a 1099-R with Distribution Code = G. Why is the distribution showing up on form 1040, line 4c = Pensions and Annuities instead of line 4a = IRA Distributions?

Most code G rollovers are from a qualified retirement plan like a 401(k) to a IRA or to another qualified retirement plan and properly appear on Form 1040 line 4c.  Only a code G Form 1099-R for a rollover from a traditional IRA to a traditional account in a qualified retirement plan would have the IRA/SEP/SIMPLE box marked and would appear on line 4a.

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JohnB5677
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Entered a 1099-R with Distribution Code = G. Why is the distribution showing up on form 1040, line 4c = Pensions and Annuities instead of line 4a = IRA Distributions?

Code G is a direct rollover, so that is not the issue.

Did you check the Box just below line 7

The IRA/SEP/SIMPLE box is checked on my copy of the 1099-R

That check box makes it an IRA instead of an Annuity/Pension

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dmertz
Level 15

Entered a 1099-R with Distribution Code = G. Why is the distribution showing up on form 1040, line 4c = Pensions and Annuities instead of line 4a = IRA Distributions?

Most code G rollovers are from a qualified retirement plan like a 401(k) to a IRA or to another qualified retirement plan and properly appear on Form 1040 line 4c.  Only a code G Form 1099-R for a rollover from a traditional IRA to a traditional account in a qualified retirement plan would have the IRA/SEP/SIMPLE box marked and would appear on line 4a.

chess_tramp
Level 2

Entered a 1099-R with Distribution Code = G. Why is the distribution showing up on form 1040, line 4c = Pensions and Annuities instead of line 4a = IRA Distributions?

I find it confusing that a 401K Direct Rollover would be categorized as "Pensions and Annuities".  Your response led me to look at the Form 1040 Instructions for Line 4c/4d.  This last line on page 24 clearly states:  "Pension and annuity payments include distributions from 401(k)".

 

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dmertz
Level 15

Entered a 1099-R with Distribution Code = G. Why is the distribution showing up on form 1040, line 4c = Pensions and Annuities instead of line 4a = IRA Distributions?

These lines of Form 1040 simply divide distributions between those that are from IRAs and those that are not.

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