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Are IRA or pension distributions taxable?

SOLVEDby TurboTax2051Updated December 27, 2021

They can be. If you took a distribution from your IRA or pension plan, you'll get Form 1099-R. This form, along with additional info you provide, will determine what portion, if any, of your distribution is taxable.

These boxes on the 1099-R play key roles in determining taxability:

  • Box 2a lists the taxable portion of your distribution, but this can change once you give us more info.
  • Box 2b can also help determine the taxable amount.
    • If the Total distribution box is checked, we’ll see if you qualify for any special elections that may lower your tax.
    • If the Taxable amount not determined box is checked, it means the payer didn’t know the taxable amount of your distribution.
  • Box 7 provides important codes which identify the specific type of distribution you received and whether you owe a 10% early distribution penalty or qualify for an exception.

Just enter the information as it appears on your 1099-R form. We’ll use it and your answers to a series of questions to determine the taxable amount of your distribution.

We can help you enter your 1099-R.

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