IRS Form 1099R Tax Information
IRS Form 1099R for benefit payments were mailed by the Office of the Comptroller during January. These benefit payments are subject to federal income tax. However, they are NOT subject to state income tax. These payments must be reported on IRS Form 1040 under "Pensions and Annuities".
Gross distribution in
Box 1 is the total benefit amount you received during the last calendar year.
Taxable amount in
Box 2A is the benefit amount subject to federal income tax.
Federal income tax withheld in
Box 4 is the amount of federal withholding deducted based on your W4-P on file with SERS or is based on mandatory withholding for lump sum distributions.
Employee contributions in
Box 5 is the amount of your benefit that was nontaxable during the calendar year.
Distributions codes in
Box 7 is the IRS code relating to the type of benefit being paid; pension, disability, etc.
Total employee contribution in
Box 9B is reported only in the first year of retirement and represents the contribution by you, or for you, during your employment. As these contributions are recovered through annual benefits paid, they are reported in Box 5.
State tax withheld in
Box 10 is the total amount of Illinois state income tax withheld by request only.
If you have questions regarding your 1099R, you may contact the IRS, your tax preparer, or SERS. When contacting SERS, you need to refer to the code to the right of your name on the 1099R. Below is the list of codes and the phone numbers for the section handling that code.