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Based on IRS instructions and the information you enter in TaxAct, the TaxAct® program determines what amount (if any) needs to appear on Lines 4a and 4b of Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Usually, if the amount is fully taxable, Line 4a is left blank and the total distribution is entered on Line 4b. Exceptions to this are listed in the IRS Instructions for Form 1040 and 1040-SR.

To report Form 1099-R Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. in the TaxAct program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal (on smaller devices, click in the top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click the Retirement Plan Income dropdown, then click IRA, 401(k), and pension plan distributions (Form 1099-R).
  3. Click + Add Form 1099-R to create a new copy of the form or click Edit to edit a form already created (desktop program: click Review instead of Edit).
  4. Continue with the interview process to enter your information.

Note. After you have entered the information from Form 1099-R, the necessary amounts will appear on Lines 4a and 4b.


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