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How do I claim the federal survivor benefit for public safety officers killed in line of duty? I received a 1099-R, but my husband was killed in the line of duty.

The is not the first year I've received a 1099-R, however I was just told that the amount shouldn't be considered income.

SEC. 1528. SURVIVOR BENEFITS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. (a) In General.--Section 101 (relating to certain death benefits) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(h) Survivor Benefits Attributable to Service by a Public Safety Officer who is Killed in the Line of Duty.-- ``(1) In general.--Gross income shall not include any amount paid as a survivor annuity on account of the death of a public safety officer (as such term is defined in section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968) killed in the line of duty
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How do I claim the federal survivor benefit for public safety officers killed in line of duty? I received a 1099-R, but my husband was killed in the line of duty.

You are correct.  In 2001 President Bush had signed into law the Fallen Hero Survivor Benefits Act of 2001 under P.L. 107-15.  The law amended an inequity in the tax law regarding benefit dates. The law now allows all survivors to exclude the benefit from their gross income if the annuity is provided under a government plan. 

However, the exclusion from gross income will not apply if:

  1. The survivor's actions were responsible for the officer's death. 
  2. The death was caused by the intentional misconduct of the officer or by the officer's intention to cause such death.
  3. The officer was voluntarily intoxicated at the time of death. 
  4. The officer was performing his or her duties in a grossly negligent manner at the time of death. 

To enter the Form 1099-R into TurboTax as an exclusion from gross income, you will first enter the Form 1099-R as provided. You will need to: 

  1. Select the Personal Income or Wages and Income tab
  2. Click the "I'll chose what I work on" button
  3. Scroll to Retirement Plans and Social Security
  4. Scroll and click Start next to IRA, 401K, Pension Plans (1099-R)
  5. Navigate through the screens to enter the information, then click Continue

To enter the benefit as an exclusion, complete Steps 1 and 2 shown above, then:

  1. Scroll to Less Common Income 
  2. Click Start next to Miscellaneous Income Form 1099-A, 1099-C
  3. Scroll to Other reportable income and click Start
  4. Enter the description (e.g. Public Safety Officer Survivor Exclusion)
  5. Enter the benefit as a negative number (e.g. -20,000)
  6. Click Done.

The negative amount will appear on the Other Income Line 21 of the Form 1040 Schedule 1.

You will need to amend any prior year returns if the exceptions to the exclusion did not apply to your spouse's death, and the amount was included in your gross income as taxable income.

[Edited 04.07.19 | 3:37 PM]

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How do I claim the federal survivor benefit for public safety officers killed in line of duty? I received a 1099-R, but my husband was killed in the line of duty.

You are correct.  In 2001 President Bush had signed into law the Fallen Hero Survivor Benefits Act of 2001 under P.L. 107-15.  The law amended an inequity in the tax law regarding benefit dates. The law now allows all survivors to exclude the benefit from their gross income if the annuity is provided under a government plan. 

However, the exclusion from gross income will not apply if:

  1. The survivor's actions were responsible for the officer's death. 
  2. The death was caused by the intentional misconduct of the officer or by the officer's intention to cause such death.
  3. The officer was voluntarily intoxicated at the time of death. 
  4. The officer was performing his or her duties in a grossly negligent manner at the time of death. 

To enter the Form 1099-R into TurboTax as an exclusion from gross income, you will first enter the Form 1099-R as provided. You will need to: 

  1. Select the Personal Income or Wages and Income tab
  2. Click the "I'll chose what I work on" button
  3. Scroll to Retirement Plans and Social Security
  4. Scroll and click Start next to IRA, 401K, Pension Plans (1099-R)
  5. Navigate through the screens to enter the information, then click Continue

To enter the benefit as an exclusion, complete Steps 1 and 2 shown above, then:

  1. Scroll to Less Common Income 
  2. Click Start next to Miscellaneous Income Form 1099-A, 1099-C
  3. Scroll to Other reportable income and click Start
  4. Enter the description (e.g. Public Safety Officer Survivor Exclusion)
  5. Enter the benefit as a negative number (e.g. -20,000)
  6. Click Done.

The negative amount will appear on the Other Income Line 21 of the Form 1040 Schedule 1.

You will need to amend any prior year returns if the exceptions to the exclusion did not apply to your spouse's death, and the amount was included in your gross income as taxable income.

[Edited 04.07.19 | 3:37 PM]

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How do I claim the federal survivor benefit for public safety officers killed in line of duty? I received a 1099-R, but my husband was killed in the line of duty.

Please refer to the edited version dated April 7, 2019 at 3:37 PM.  I forgot to include the steps to enter the Form 1099-R.
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How do I claim the federal survivor benefit for public safety officers killed in line of duty? I received a 1099-R, but my husband was killed in the line of duty.

Thank you so much for your help!