Tax Tip: IRS Form 1099-R is used to report distributions that occur from IRAs , qualified employer plans , 403(b) accounts and Governmental 457(b) plans during the previous year. For instance, the 1099-R that must be issued by January 31 of this year should include distributions that occurred during the previous calendar year. Form 1099-R is also issued to the IRS, so that they can compare the information with that which is reported on your tax return.
If the information reported on a Form 1099-R is incorrect, the issuer should be contacted immediately, so that any required corrections can be made.
Form 1099-R is not required to be filed with your tax return unless it shows amounts being withheld for income tax. However, it should be provided to your tax-return-preparer, as it may contain other information which is required to be reported on your tax return.
Tip by Denise Appleby