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dmgindin
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It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

 
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macuser_22
Level 15

It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

The answer only directs to the next screen - it is not saved.  

**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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ScruffyCurmudgeon
Level 9

It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

What was your state of employment as a public safety officer and do you still reside there?
Scruffy Curmudgeon--PFFM/ IAFF, Locals 718/30, retired firefighter/medic; univ faculty NOT INTUIT EMPLOYEE
- Strategy & Quantitative Methods Med-M&M, Law discriminatory statistics, Med & PH - epidemiology statistics;
USAR 64-67 AIS/ASA MOS 9301 - O3
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-------------------------------------No Not an Intuit Employee - Just donating my time
macuser_22
Level 15

It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

The answer only directs to the next screen - it is not saved.  

**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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ScruffyCurmudgeon
Level 9

It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

The response that a pension distribution was relative to a Public Safety Pension is extremely relevant.
Moreover, it is furthermore state dependent as well.
Scruffy Curmudgeon--PFFM/ IAFF, Locals 718/30, retired firefighter/medic; univ faculty NOT INTUIT EMPLOYEE
- Strategy & Quantitative Methods Med-M&M, Law discriminatory statistics, Med & PH - epidemiology statistics;
USAR 64-67 AIS/ASA MOS 9301 - O3
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-------------------------------------No Not an Intuit Employee - Just donating my time
ScruffyCurmudgeon
Level 9

It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

A subject dear to my wallet now that I aged off the job!
Scruffy Curmudgeon--PFFM/ IAFF, Locals 718/30, retired firefighter/medic; univ faculty NOT INTUIT EMPLOYEE
- Strategy & Quantitative Methods Med-M&M, Law discriminatory statistics, Med & PH - epidemiology statistics;
USAR 64-67 AIS/ASA MOS 9301 - O3
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-------------------------------------No Not an Intuit Employee - Just donating my time
ScruffyCurmudgeon
Level 9

It is not allowing me to select yes for my employment as a Public Safety officer for my 1099-R distribution, it changes the answer to no when I go to next screen.

Tax Relief on the pension distribution benefits of retired Public Safety Officers is mostly at the State level and not the Federal with the exception of the  benefit of paying for some of your retired health insurance using pension funds.  Please see the lengthy description of this benefit below and make sure you check that you or the trustee of your pension has followed the procedure exactly.

Separate from that are the state-level benefits. These may show up at the Federal level if you have already installed your state program and if there is a state-level benefit.  For example, Massachusetts and South Carolina have benefits in reduced taxation on public safety officer pension distributions and TurboTax can recognize that if you have the state module installed.  See image!

Retired Public Safety Officer Pension Exclusion  IRS PUB 575(2018)


Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers 
If you are an eligible retired public safety officer (law enforcement officer, firefighter, chaplain, or member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew), you can elect to exclude from income distributions made from your eligible retirement plan that are used to pay the premiums for accident or health insurance or long-term care insurance. The premiums can be for coverage for you, your spouse, or dependents. The distribution must be made directly from the plan to the insurance provider. You can exclude from income the smaller of the amount of the insurance premiums or $3,000. You can only make this election for amounts that would otherwise be included in your income. The amount excluded from your income can't be used to claim a medical expense deduction. 

An eligible retirement plan is a governmental plan that is: 
• a qualified trust, 
• a section 403(a) plan, 
• a section 403(b) annuity, or 
• a section 457(b) plan. 
If you make this election, reduce the otherwise taxable amount of your pension or annuity by the amount excluded. The amount shown in box 2a of Form 1099-R doesn't reflect this exclusion. Report your total distributions on Form 1040, line 4a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a. Report the taxable amount on Form 1040, line 4b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b. Enter “PSO” next to the appropriate line on which you report the taxable amount. If you are retired on disability and reporting your disability pension on Form 1040, line 1; or Form 1040NR, line 8, include only the taxable amount on that line and enter “PSO” and the amount excluded on the dotted line next to the applicable line.

INTERVIEW ENTRIES:
  • Income Menu
  • IRA/Pension Distributions (1099-R, RRB-1099-R, 8930)
  • Select New and fill out the Payer's Information
  • Enter the Gross Distribution in Box 1 as it is shown on the 1099-R
  • Do not subtract the amount of any Qualified Retired Public Safety Officer Distribution from the Gross Distribution or adjust the Taxable Amount in Box 2a by the smaller of the amount of premiums or $3,000. Instead, enter the smaller of the amount of the premiums or $3,000 in Box j on the 1099R entry menu and the correct taxable amount will be carried to appropriate line (either Line 7 or 16) on the Form 1040.
  • Enter the Distribution Code in Box 7. If the code is a 3 (Disability), you will be given the option to report the income on Form 1040, Line 7. All other distribution codes will carry to Form 1040, Line 16.
  • The abbreviation PSO will be displayed in the left margin of the 1040 as well as the premium amount that was entered as a Qualified Retired Public Safety Officer Distribution.

Former IAFF, Retired!

https://www.op-f.org/Files/How_to_report_the_new_$3000_gross_income_exclusion.pdf

Scruffy Curmudgeon--PFFM/ IAFF, Locals 718/30, retired firefighter/medic; univ faculty NOT INTUIT EMPLOYEE
- Strategy & Quantitative Methods Med-M&M, Law discriminatory statistics, Med & PH - epidemiology statistics;
USAR 64-67 AIS/ASA MOS 9301 - O3
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-------------------------------------No Not an Intuit Employee - Just donating my time
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