Box 12A on a 1099R is state income taxes withheld..this is never more than your gross distribution. Normally this box is blank on a 1099R. Do you possibly mean Box 2a, which is the taxable amount of your distribution? If so, then that amount should always be smaller than the gross distribution in Box 2.,
Checked your 1099R to see if you have these anomalies. You may need to get a corrected 1099R from the issuer just so you can report it correctly in your tax return.
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This post is from a year ago.....and now boxes 12, 13, and 14 on a 1099-R form have been moved to 14, 15, and 16 respectively.
There is an apparent text error in one of the TTX review error check screens that still refers to box 12, when it should be referring to box 14 (the "a" is just referring to the first state line in the state area of the form)
Ignoring the fact that it says box 12 , and should say 14.........there are a few states, especially NY, that are particularly touchy about leaving box 16 empty....especially troublesome since most 1099-R forms distributed nationwide leave box 16 empty.
Thus, the value from box 1 or 2a (if 2a has a value) must be entered into box 16, so that the box 16 $$ are indeed greater than the value inbox 14 .
(My NC software automatically back-fills box 16 with the value of box 2a, but I can't know what happens for other states )