when on W2 box 13 is checked for retirement plan is that the same as having a IRA

  • ok so is a 401k the same as IRA
  • Is there a place on the income tax form to mark that retirement plan even if its an employer plan.
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Not really; Means you have an Employer retirement plan. You can usually still have your own Indidual Retirement Account, subject to some income limitations ...
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Q: Is there a place on the income tax form to mark that retirement plan even if its an employer plan.

A: Entering your W-2 as written, with the Code D amount in Box 12, is all you do to tell TT and IRS you have an employer retirement plan, and amount of contribution. You don't enter that information anywhere else in your return.
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