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Level 3

Pension Income Mistakenly Listed As Taxable on MS State Return

My 10-99R retirement income from qualified plan (public safety plan) with distribution code 2 is being listed as taxable income in TurboTax  in Mississippi when it is not taxable.  Code 2 is early distribution WITH EXCEPTION. Have been regularly getting this pension for years and never been taxed previously.

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Expert Alumni

Pension Income Mistakenly Listed As Taxable on MS State Return

The state of Mississippi says this,


Is retirement income taxable?


​Generally, retirement income, pensions and annuities are not subject to Mississippi Income tax if the recipient has met the retirement plan requirements. Early distributions are not considered retirement income and may be subject to tax. ​”

See this Mississippi FAQ.


Note that this applies to all pensions, not just pension for state employees.


I assume that on your 1099-R, the distribution code is "2". This describes the distribution as an early distribution. Therefore, based on the input, TurboTax is correctly marking the distribution as taxable in Mississippi.


However, the distribution is an "early distribution" for federal purposes, where generally retirement plan distributions made before the taxpayer if 59 1/2 are considered early.


What is not clear is if the state of Mississippi considers a distribution that is prior to age 59 1/2 to be an early distribution if the taxpayer has reached the full retirement age of the retirement plan.


Currently, TurboTax has no way of determining that the taxpayer has met the retirement plan's requirement.


If you are positive that the pension distribution should not be taxable in Mississippi, there are two workarounds:


The first is to change the distribution code to "7" on the W-2. This will cause the distribution to not be taxable in Mississippi. It will not affect your federal return (the distribution will still be taxed on the federal return, as it should be).


The second is to go into the Mississippi interview and proceed to the screen with the title "Enter Any Other Income or Losses". On this screen, enter the description of "Adjustment for pension" and the amount of the distribution as a negative number. This will back the pension distribution out of Mississippi taxable income.

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Level 3

Pension Income Mistakenly Listed As Taxable on MS State Return

Or the third option:  File correctly with H&R Block software. Which is what I will be doing. You’ve lost a customer that has been using Turbo Tax for over a decade. 

Level 3

Pension Income Mistakenly Listed As Taxable on MS State Return

The TurboTax "experts" posting on here are incorrect.  Many of us have contacted the state department of revenue as well as PERS.  TurboTax has it wrong this year. See this thread: 



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Pension Income Mistakenly Listed As Taxable on MS State Return

Actually, TurboTax has it mostly correct. I have a letter ruling from the MS Department of Revenue verifying it. Form 1099-R, code 2 is considered an early distribution and therefore is taxable. There's two exceptions: 


1. All PERS retirement distributions are non-taxable, no matter the age or code. 


2. Early retirement distributions where the receipient has met the 'full years of service' requirement of the plan can be excluded from income. 


This means many/some 1099s with Code 2 will be taxable income. 


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