What If I Received a 1099-R Form After I Filed My Taxes?

by Victoria Lee Blackstone ; Updated March 15, 2018

If you receive compensation from retirement plans, annuities, pensions or certain other types of unearned income, IRS Form 1099-R is the paperwork that documents the income you received. You need the form before filing your tax return.

You may receive Form 1099-R after you file your return if your plan administrator failed to send it or if it was lost in the mail. You may have received the 1099-R but forgot about it when you filed your tax return. Regardless, you can take a deep breath because correcting the figures you submitted on your filed tax return is as simple as filing another form.

File a Corrected Form

IRS Form 1040X Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is a PDF form that you can download from IRS.gov. Complete this form if you received your 1099-R after you filed your tax return to correct any figures that you submitted. If you filed your tax return without a 1099-R before the issuing deadline of January 31, you'll want to sit tight during January in future years as you wait for the form to reach you.

Form 1099-R Issuing Deadline

The expanded name for Form 1099-R is “Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.,” which covers a lot of territory. All the plan administrators or other distributors of compensation included in these income categories have the same issuing deadline by which they must send 1099-R forms to the individuals who received any distributions of $10 or more during the tax year. The IRS allows the plan payers until January 31 to send out their 1099-R forms.

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Allow Receipt Through February

Because the 1099-R issuing deadline is January 31, you should receive your form by the end of the first week in February. If you have not received it by then, the IRS suggests contacting your plan administrator. If you still don't receive your form by the end of February, you can call the IRS at 800-829-1040, and a representative will intervene for you. Because this time frame is still before the tax-filing deadline, hold off filing your return until you give the IRS time to procure your 1099-R.

Now It's Time to File Your Tax Return

If the tax-filing deadline is too close for comfort and you still don't have your 1099-R, go ahead and file so you don't have to pay a late-filing penalty. Fill out IRS Form 4852 Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement and attach it to your tax return in place of your missing 1099-R. You can download this form at IRS.gov. Estimate the figures as best as you can. When you do receive your 1099-R, you'll be able to file 1040X to correct the amounts.

About the Author

Victoria Lee Blackstone is a horticulturist and a professional writer who has authored research-based scientific/technical papers, horticultural articles, and magazine and newspaper articles. After studying botany and microbiology at Clemson University, Blackstone was hired as a University of Georgia Master Gardener Coordinator. She is also a former mortgage acquisition specialist for Freddie Mac in Atlanta, GA.

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