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Free federal tax filing for 2011 Publication 575 - Main Content Table of Contents General InformationPension. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Qualified employee plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Qualified employee annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Designated Roth account. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Tax-sheltered annuity plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Fixed-period annuities. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuities for a single life. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Joint and survivor annuities. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Variable annuities. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Disability pensions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Variable Annuities Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plans Disability Pensions Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers Railroad Retirement Benefits Withholding Tax and Estimated Tax Cost (Investment in the Contract)Foreign employment contributions while a nonresident alien. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Taxation of Periodic PaymentsPeriod of participation. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Fully Taxable Payments Partly Taxable Payments Taxation of Nonperiodic PaymentsFiguring the Taxable Amount Loans Treated as Distributions Transfers of Annuity Contracts Lump-Sum Distributions RolloversExceptions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 No tax withheld. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Partial rollovers. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Frozen deposits. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Reasonable period of time. Free federal tax filing for 2011 20% Mandatory withholding. Free federal tax filing for 2011 How to report. Free federal tax filing for 2011 How to report. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Special rule for Roth IRAs and designated Roth accounts. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Special Additional TaxesTax on Early Distributions Tax on Excess Accumulation Survivors and BeneficiariesGuaranteed payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics General Information Definitions. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Some of the terms used in this publication are defined in the following paragraphs. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Pension. Free federal tax filing for 2011   A pension is generally a series of definitely determinable payments made to you after you retire from work. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Pension payments are made regularly and are based on such factors as years of service and prior compensation. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011   An annuity is a series of payments under a contract made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 They can be either fixed (under which you receive a definite amount) or variable (not fixed). Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can buy the contract alone or with the help of your employer. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Qualified employee plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011   A qualified employee plan is an employer's stock bonus, pension, or profit-sharing plan that is for the exclusive benefit of employees or their beneficiaries and that meets Internal Revenue Code requirements. Free federal tax filing for 2011 It qualifies for special tax benefits, such as tax deferral for employer contributions and capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option for lump-sum distributions (if participants qualify). Free federal tax filing for 2011 To determine whether your plan is a qualified plan, check with your employer or the plan administrator. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Qualified employee annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011   A qualified employee annuity is a retirement annuity purchased by an employer for an employee under a plan that meets Internal Revenue Code requirements. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Designated Roth account. Free federal tax filing for 2011   A designated Roth account is a separate account created under a qualified Roth contribution program to which participants may elect to have part or all of their elective deferrals to a 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plan designated as Roth contributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Elective deferrals that are designated as Roth contributions are included in your income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 However, qualified distributions (explained later) are not included in your income. 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Free federal tax filing for 2011 Report the payments on Form 1040, lines 16a and 16b; Form 1040A, lines 12a and 12b; or on Form 1040NR, lines 17a and 17b. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Disability payments for injuries incurred as a direct result of a terrorist attack directed against the United States (or its allies) are not included in income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information about payments to survivors of terrorist attacks, see Publication 3920, Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers If you are an eligible retired public safety officer (law enforcement officer, firefighter, chaplain, or member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew), you can elect to exclude from income distributions made from your eligible retirement plan that are used to pay the premiums for accident or health insurance or long-term care insurance. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The premiums can be for coverage for you, your spouse, or dependents. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The distribution must be made directly from the plan to the insurance provider. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can exclude from income the smaller of the amount of the insurance premiums or $3,000. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can only make this election for amounts that would otherwise be included in your income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amount excluded from your income cannot be used to claim a medical expense deduction. Free federal tax filing for 2011 An eligible retirement plan is a governmental plan that is: a qualified trust, a section 403(a) plan, a section 403(b) annuity, or a section 457(b) plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you make this election, reduce the otherwise taxable amount of your pension or annuity by the amount excluded. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amount shown in box 2a of Form 1099-R does not reflect this exclusion. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Report your total distributions on Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Report the taxable amount on Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter “PSO” next to the appropriate line on which you report the taxable amount. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are retired on disability and reporting your disability pension on line 7 of Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or line 8 of Form 1040NR, include only the taxable amount on that line and enter “PSO” and the amount excluded on the dotted line next to the applicable line. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Railroad Retirement Benefits Benefits paid under the Railroad Retirement Act fall into two categories. Free federal tax filing for 2011 These categories are treated differently for income tax purposes. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The first category is the amount of tier 1 railroad retirement benefits that equals the social security benefit that a railroad employee or beneficiary would have been entitled to receive under the social security system. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This part of the tier 1 benefit is the social security equivalent benefit (SSEB) and you treat it for tax purposes like social security benefits. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you received, repaid, or had tax withheld from the SSEB portion of tier 1 benefits during 2013, you will receive Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board (or Form RRB-1042S, Statement for Nonresident Alien Recipients of Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board, if you are a nonresident alien) from the U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information about the tax treatment of the SSEB portion of tier 1 benefits and Forms RRB-1099 and RRB-1042S, see Publication 915. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The second category contains the rest of the tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, called the non-social security equivalent benefit (NSSEB). Free federal tax filing for 2011 It also contains any tier 2 benefit, vested dual benefit (VDB), and supplemental annuity benefit. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Treat this category of benefits, shown on Form RRB-1099-R, as an amount received from a qualified employee plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This allows for the tax-free (nontaxable) recovery of employee contributions from the tier 2 benefits and the NSSEB part of the tier 1 benefits. Free federal tax filing for 2011 (The NSSEB and tier 2 benefits, less certain repayments, are combined into one amount called the Contributory Amount Paid on Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 ) Vested dual benefits and supplemental annuity benefits are non-contributory pensions and are fully taxable. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Taxation of Periodic Payments , later, for information on how to report your benefits and how to recover the employee contributions tax free. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Form RRB-1099-R is used for U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizens, resident aliens, and nonresident aliens. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Nonresident aliens. Free federal tax filing for 2011   A nonresident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or a resident alien of the United States. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Nonresident aliens are subject to mandatory U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 tax withholding unless exempt under a tax treaty between the United States and their country of legal residency. Free federal tax filing for 2011 A tax treaty exemption may reduce or eliminate tax withholding from railroad retirement benefits. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Tax withholding next for more information. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you are a nonresident alien and your tax withholding rate changed or your country of legal residence changed during the year, you may receive more than one Form RRB-1042S or Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 To determine your total benefits paid or repaid and total tax withheld for the year, you should add the amounts shown on all forms you received for that year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For information on filing requirements for aliens, see Publication 519, U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Tax Guide for Aliens. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For information on tax treaties between the United States and other countries that may reduce or eliminate U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 tax on your benefits, see Publication 901, U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Tax Treaties. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Tax withholding. Free federal tax filing for 2011   To request or change your income tax withholding from SSEB payments, U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizens should contact the IRS for Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request, and file it with the RRB. Free federal tax filing for 2011 To elect, revoke, or change your income tax withholding from NSSEB, tier 2, VDB, and supplemental annuity payments received, use Form RRB W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Railroad Retirement Payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a nonresident alien or a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizen living abroad, you should provide Form RRB-1001, Nonresident Questionnaire, to the RRB to furnish citizenship and residency information and to claim any treaty exemption from U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 tax withholding. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Nonresident U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizens cannot elect to be exempt from withholding on payments delivered outside of the U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Help from the RRB. Free federal tax filing for 2011   To request an RRB form or to get help with questions about an RRB benefit, you should contact your nearest RRB field office if you reside in the United States (call 1-877-772-5772 for the nearest field office) or U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 consulate/Embassy if you reside outside the United States. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can visit the RRB on the Internet at www. Free federal tax filing for 2011 rrb. Free federal tax filing for 2011 gov. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011   The following discussion explains the items shown on Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amounts shown on this form are before any deduction for: Federal income tax withholding, Medicare premiums, Legal process garnishment payments, Recovery of a prior year overpayment of an NSSEB, tier 2 benefit, VDB, or supplemental annuity benefit, or Recovery of Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act benefits received while awaiting payment of your railroad retirement annuity. 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Free federal tax filing for 2011 Use distribution code “7” if you are asked for a distribution code. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Distribution codes are not shown on Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011   There are three copies of this form. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Copy B is to be included with your income tax return if federal income tax is withheld. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Copy C is for your own records. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Copy 2 is filed with your state, city, or local income tax return, when required. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See the illustrated Copy B (Form RRB-1099-R) above. Free federal tax filing for 2011       Each beneficiary will receive his or her own Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you receive benefits on more than one railroad retirement record, you may get more than one Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 So that you get your form timely, make sure the RRB always has your current mailing address. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Please click here for the text description of the image. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Form RRB-1099-R Box 1—Claim Number and Payee Code. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your claim number is a six- or nine-digit number preceded by an alphabetical prefix. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This is the number under which the RRB paid your benefits. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Your payee code follows your claim number and is the last number in this box. Free federal tax filing for 2011 It is used by the RRB to identify you under your claim number. Free federal tax filing for 2011 In all your correspondence with the RRB, be sure to use the claim number and payee code shown in this box. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 2—Recipient's Identification Number. Free federal tax filing for 2011   This is the recipient's U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 taxpayer identification number. Free federal tax filing for 2011 It is the social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), or employer identification number (EIN), if known, for the person or estate listed as the recipient. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a resident or nonresident alien who must furnish a taxpayer identification number to the IRS and are not eligible to obtain an SSN, use Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, to apply for an ITIN. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The Instructions for Form W-7 explain how and when to apply. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 3—Employee Contributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011   This is the amount of taxes withheld from the railroad employee's earnings that exceeds the amount of taxes that would have been withheld had the earnings been covered under the social security system. 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Free federal tax filing for 2011   This is the gross amount of supplemental annuity benefits paid in 2013, less any 2013 supplemental annuity benefits you repaid in 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 It is fully taxable. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Supplemental annuity benefits you repaid in 2013 for an earlier year or for an unknown year are shown in box 8. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 7—Total Gross Paid. Free federal tax filing for 2011   This is the sum of boxes 4, 5, and 6. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amount represents the total pension paid in 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Include this amount on Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 8—Repayments. Free federal tax filing for 2011   This amount represents any NSSEB, tier 2 benefit, VDB, and supplemental annuity benefit you repaid to the RRB in 2013 for years before 2013 or for unknown years. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amount shown in this box has not been deducted from the amounts shown in boxes 4, 5, and 6. Free federal tax filing for 2011 It only includes repayments of benefits that were taxable to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This means it only includes repayments in 2013 of NSSEB benefits paid after 1985, tier 2 and VDB benefits paid after 1983, and supplemental annuity benefits paid in any year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you included the benefits in your income in the year you received them, you may be able to deduct the repaid amount. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information about repayments, see Repayment of benefits received in an earlier year , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011    You may have repaid an overpayment of benefits by returning a payment, by making a payment, or by having an amount withheld from your railroad retirement annuity payment. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 9—Federal Income Tax Withheld. Free federal tax filing for 2011   This is the total federal income tax withheld from your NSSEB, tier 2 benefit, VDB, and supplemental annuity benefit. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Include this on your income tax return as tax withheld. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a nonresident alien and your tax withholding rate and/or country of legal residence changed during 2013, you will receive more than one Form RRB-1099-R for 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Determine the total amount of U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 federal income tax withheld from your 2013 RRB NSSEB, tier 2, VDB, and supplemental annuity payments by adding the amounts in box 9 of all original 2013 Forms RRB-1099-R, or the latest corrected or duplicate Forms RRB-1099-R you receive. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 10—Rate of Tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you are taxed as a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizen or resident alien, this box does not apply to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a nonresident alien, an entry in this box indicates the rate at which tax was withheld on the NSSEB, tier 2, VDB, and supplemental annuity payments that were paid to you in 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a nonresident alien whose tax was withheld at more than one rate during 2013, you will receive a separate Form RRB-1099-R for each rate change during 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 11—Country. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you are taxed as a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizen or resident alien, this box does not apply to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a nonresident alien, an entry in this box indicates the country of which you were a resident for tax purposes at the time you received railroad retirement payments in 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a nonresident alien who was a resident of more than one country during 2013, you will receive a separate Form RRB-1099-R for each country of residence during 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Box 12—Medicare Premium Total. Free federal tax filing for 2011   This is for information purposes only. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amount shown in this box represents the total amount of Part B Medicare premiums deducted from your railroad retirement annuity payments in 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Medicare premium refunds are not included in the Medicare total. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The Medicare total is normally shown on Form RRB-1099 (if you are a citizen or resident alien of the United States) or Form RRB-1042S (if you are a nonresident alien). Free federal tax filing for 2011 However, if Form RRB-1099 or Form RRB-1042S is not required for 2013, then this total will be shown on Form RRB-1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If your Medicare premiums were deducted from your social security benefits, paid by a third party, refunded to you, and/or you paid the premiums by direct billing, your Medicare total will not be shown in this box. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Repayment of benefits received in an earlier year. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you had to repay any railroad retirement benefits that you had included in your income in an earlier year because at that time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, you can deduct the amount you repaid in the year in which you repaid it. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you repaid $3,000 or less in 2013, deduct it on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit applies to this deduction. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You cannot take this deduction if you file Form 1040A. Free federal tax filing for 2011    If you repaid more than $3,000 in 2013, you can either take a deduction for the amount repaid on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28 or you can take a credit against your tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information, see Repayments in Publication 525. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Withholding Tax and Estimated Tax Your retirement plan distributions are subject to federal income tax withholding. Free federal tax filing for 2011 However, you can choose not to have tax withheld on payments you receive unless they are eligible rollover distributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 (These are distributions, described later under Rollovers, that are eligible for rollover treatment but are not paid directly to another qualified retirement plan or to a traditional IRA. Free federal tax filing for 2011 ) If you choose not to have tax withheld or if you do not have enough tax withheld, you may have to make estimated tax payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Estimated tax , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The withholding rules apply to the taxable part of payments you receive from: An employer pension, annuity, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan, Any other deferred compensation plan, A traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA), or A commercial annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For this purpose, a commercial annuity means an annuity, endowment, or life insurance contract issued by an insurance company. Free federal tax filing for 2011 There will be no withholding on any part of a distribution where it is reasonable to believe that it will not be includible in gross income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Choosing no withholding. Free federal tax filing for 2011   You can choose not to have income tax withheld from retirement plan payments unless they are eligible rollover distributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can make this choice on Form W-4P for periodic and nonperiodic payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This choice generally remains in effect until you revoke it. Free federal tax filing for 2011   The payer will ignore your choice not to have tax withheld if: You do not give the payer your social security number (in the required manner), or The IRS notifies the payer, before the payment is made, that you gave an incorrect social security number. Free federal tax filing for 2011   To choose not to have tax withheld, a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizen or resident alien must give the payer a home address in the United States or its possessions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Without that address, the payer must withhold tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For example, the payer has to withhold tax if the recipient has provided a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 address for a nominee, trustee, or agent to whom the benefits are delivered, but has not provided his or her own U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 home address. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you do not give the payer a home address in the United States or its possessions, you can choose not to have tax withheld only if you certify to the payer that you are not a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizen, a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 resident alien, or someone who left the country to avoid tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011 But if you so certify, you may be subject to the 30% flat rate withholding that applies to nonresident aliens. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This 30% rate will not apply if you are exempt or subject to a reduced rate by treaty. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For details, get Publication 519. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Periodic payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Unless you choose no withholding, your annuity or similar periodic payments (other than eligible rollover distributions) will be treated like wages for withholding purposes. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Periodic payments are amounts paid at regular intervals (such as weekly, monthly, or yearly) for a period of time greater than one year (such as for 15 years or for life). Free federal tax filing for 2011 You should give the payer a completed withholding certificate (Form W-4P or a similar form provided by the payer). Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you do not, tax will be withheld as if you were married and claiming three withholding allowances. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Tax will be withheld as if you were single and were claiming no withholding allowances if: You do not give the payer your social security number (in the required manner), or The IRS notifies the payer (before any payment is made) that you gave an incorrect social security number. Free federal tax filing for 2011   You must file a new withholding certificate to change the amount of withholding. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Nonperiodic distributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011    Unless you choose no withholding, the withholding rate for a nonperiodic distribution (a payment other than a periodic payment) that is not an eligible rollover distribution is 10% of the distribution. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can also ask the payer to withhold an additional amount using Form W-4P. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The part of any loan treated as a distribution (except an offset amount to repay the loan), explained later, is subject to withholding under this rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Eligible rollover distribution. Free federal tax filing for 2011    If you receive an eligible rollover distribution, 20% of it generally will be withheld for income tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You cannot choose not to have tax withheld from an eligible rollover distribution. Free federal tax filing for 2011 However, tax will not be withheld if you have the plan administrator pay the eligible rollover distribution directly to another qualified plan or an IRA in a direct rollover. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information about eligible rollover distributions, see Rollovers , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Estimated tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your estimated tax is the total of your expected income tax, self-employment tax, and certain other taxes for the year, minus your expected credits and withheld tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Generally, you must make estimated tax payments for 2014 if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax (after subtracting your withholding and credits) and you expect your withholding and credits to be less than the smaller of: 90% of the tax to be shown on your 2014 return, or 100% of the tax shown on your 2013 return. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If your adjusted gross income for 2013 was more than $150,000 ($75,000 if your filing status for 2014 is married filing separately), substitute 110% for 100% in (2) above. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information, get Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. Free federal tax filing for 2011 In figuring your withholding or estimated tax, remember that a part of your monthly social security or equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits may be taxable. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Publication 915. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You can choose to have income tax withheld from those benefits. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Use Form W-4V to make this choice. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Cost (Investment in the Contract) Distributions from your pension or annuity plan may include amounts treated as a recovery of your cost (investment in the contract). Free federal tax filing for 2011 If any part of a distribution is treated as a recovery of your cost under the rules explained in this publication, that part is tax free. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Therefore, the first step in figuring how much of a distribution is taxable is to determine the cost of your pension or annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 In general, your cost is your net investment in the contract as of the annuity starting date (or the date of the distribution, if earlier). Free federal tax filing for 2011 To find this amount, you must first figure the total premiums, contributions, or other amounts you paid. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This includes the amounts your employer contributed that were taxable to you when paid. Free federal tax filing for 2011 (However, see Foreign employment contributions , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 ) It does not include amounts withheld from your pay on a tax-deferred basis (money that was taken out of your gross pay before taxes were deducted). Free federal tax filing for 2011 It also does not include amounts you contributed for health and accident benefits (including any additional premiums paid for double indemnity or disability benefits). Free federal tax filing for 2011 From this total cost you must subtract the following amounts. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Any refunded premiums, rebates, dividends, or unrepaid loans that were not included in your income and that you received by the later of the annuity starting date or the date on which you received your first payment. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Any other tax-free amounts you received under the contract or plan by the later of the dates in (1). Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you must use the Simplified Method for your annuity payments, the tax-free part of any single-sum payment received in connection with the start of the annuity payments, regardless of when you received it. Free federal tax filing for 2011 (See Simplified Method , later, for information on its required use. Free federal tax filing for 2011 ) If you use the General Rule for your annuity payments, the value of the refund feature in your annuity contract. Free federal tax filing for 2011 (See General Rule , later, for information on its use. Free federal tax filing for 2011 ) Your annuity contract has a refund feature if the annuity payments are for your life (or the lives of you and your survivor) and payments in the nature of a refund of the annuity's cost will be made to your beneficiary or estate if all annuitants die before a stated amount or a stated number of payments are made. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more information, see Publication 939. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The tax treatment of the items described in (1) through (3) is discussed later under Taxation of Nonperiodic Payments . Free federal tax filing for 2011 Form 1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you began receiving periodic payments of a life annuity in 2013, the payer should show your total contributions to the plan in box 9b of your 2013 Form 1099-R. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuity starting date defined. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your annuity starting date is the later of the first day of the first period for which you received a payment or the date the plan's obligations became fixed. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Example. Free federal tax filing for 2011 On January 1, you completed all your payments required under an annuity contract providing for monthly payments starting on August 1 for the period beginning July 1. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The annuity starting date is July 1. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This is the date you use in figuring the cost of the contract and selecting the appropriate number from Table 1 for line 3 of the Simplified Method Worksheet. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Designated Roth accounts. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your cost in these accounts is your designated Roth contributions that were included in your income as wages subject to applicable withholding requirements. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Your cost will also include any in-plan Roth rollovers you included in income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Foreign employment contributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you worked abroad, your cost may include contributions by your employer to the retirement plan, but only if those contributions would be excludible from your gross income had they been paid directly to you as compensation. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The contributions that apply are: Contributions before 1963 by your employer, Contributions after 1962 by your employer if the contributions would be excludible from your gross income (not including the foreign earned income exclusion) had they been paid directly to you, or Contributions after 1996 by your employer if you performed the services of a foreign missionary (a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church or a lay person) but only if the contributions would be excludible from your gross income had they been paid directly to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Foreign employment contributions while a nonresident alien. Free federal tax filing for 2011   In determining your cost, special rules apply if you are a U. Free federal tax filing for 2011 S. Free federal tax filing for 2011 citizen or resident alien who received distributions in 2013 from a plan to which contributions were made while you were a nonresident alien. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Your contributions and your employer's contributions are not included in your cost if the contribution: Was made based on compensation which was for services performed outside the United States while you were a nonresident alien, and Was not subject to income tax under the laws of the United States or any foreign country, but only if the contribution would have been subject to income tax if paid as cash compensation when the services were performed. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Taxation of Periodic Payments This section explains how the periodic payments you receive from a pension or annuity plan are taxed. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Periodic payments are amounts paid at regular intervals (such as weekly, monthly, or yearly) for a period of time greater than one year (such as for 15 years or for life). Free federal tax filing for 2011 These payments are also known as amounts received as an annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you receive an amount from your plan that is not a periodic payment, see Taxation of Nonperiodic Payments , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 In general, you can recover the cost of your pension or annuity tax free over the period you are to receive the payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The amount of each payment that is more than the part that represents your cost is taxable (however, see Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers , earlier). Free federal tax filing for 2011 Designated Roth accounts. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you receive a qualified distribution from a designated Roth account, the distribution is not included in your gross income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This applies to both your cost in the account and income earned on that account. Free federal tax filing for 2011 A qualified distribution is generally a distribution that is: Made after a 5-tax-year period of participation, and Made on or after the date you reach age 59½, made to a beneficiary or your estate on or after your death, or attributable to your being disabled. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If the distribution is not a qualified distribution, the rules discussed in this section apply. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The designated Roth account is treated as a separate contract. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Period of participation. Free federal tax filing for 2011   The 5-tax-year period of participation is the 5-tax-year period beginning with the first tax year for which the participant made a designated Roth contribution to the plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Therefore, for designated Roth contributions made for 2013, the first year for which a qualified distribution can be made is 2018. Free federal tax filing for 2011   However, if a direct rollover is made to the plan from a designated Roth account under another plan, the 5-tax-year period for the recipient plan begins with the first tax year for which the participant first had designated Roth contributions made to the other plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plan may permit you to roll over amounts from those plans to a designated Roth account within the same plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This is known as an in-plan Roth rollover. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For more details, see In-plan Roth rollovers , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Fully Taxable Payments The pension or annuity payments that you receive are fully taxable if you have no cost in the contract because any of the following situations applies to you (however, see Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers , earlier). Free federal tax filing for 2011 You did not pay anything or are not considered to have paid anything for your pension or annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Amounts withheld from your pay on a tax-deferred basis are not considered part of the cost of the pension or annuity payment. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Your employer did not withhold contributions from your salary. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You got back all of your contributions tax free in prior years (however, see Exclusion not limited to cost under Partly Taxable Payments, later). Free federal tax filing for 2011 Report the total amount you got on Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or on Form 1040NR, line 17b. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You should make no entry on Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Deductible voluntary employee contributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Distributions you receive that are based on your accumulated deductible voluntary employee contributions are generally fully taxable in the year distributed to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Accumulated deductible voluntary employee contributions include net earnings on the contributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If distributed as part of a lump sum, they do not qualify for the 10-year tax option or capital gain treatment, explained later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Partly Taxable Payments If you have a cost to recover from your pension or annuity plan (see Cost (Investment in the Contract) , earlier), you can exclude part of each annuity payment from income as a recovery of your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This tax-free part of the payment is figured when your annuity starts and remains the same each year, even if the amount of the payment changes. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The rest of each payment is taxable (however, see Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers , earlier). Free federal tax filing for 2011 You figure the tax-free part of the payment using one of the following methods. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Simplified Method. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You generally must use this method if your annuity is paid under a qualified plan (a qualified employee plan, a qualified employee annuity, or a tax-sheltered annuity plan or contract). Free federal tax filing for 2011 You cannot use this method if your annuity is paid under a nonqualified plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 General Rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You must use this method if your annuity is paid under a nonqualified plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You generally cannot use this method if your annuity is paid under a qualified plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You determine which method to use when you first begin receiving your annuity, and you continue using it each year that you recover part of your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you had more than one partly taxable pension or annuity, figure the tax-free part and the taxable part of each separately. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Qualified plan annuity starting before November 19, 1996. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity is paid under a qualified plan and your annuity starting date (defined earlier under Cost (Investment in the Contract) ) is after July 1, 1986, and before November 19, 1996, you could have chosen to use either the Simplified Method or the General Rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, you use the General Rule unless your annuity qualified for the Three-Year Rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you used the Three-Year Rule (which was repealed for annuities starting after July 1, 1986), your annuity payments are generally now fully taxable. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Exclusion limit. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your annuity starting date determines the total amount of annuity payments that you can exclude from income over the years. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Once your annuity starting date is determined, it does not change. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you calculate the taxable portion of your annuity payments using the simplified method worksheet, the annuity starting date determines the recovery period for your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 That recovery period begins on your annuity starting date and is not affected by the date you first complete the worksheet. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Exclusion limited to cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that you can exclude over the years as a recovery of the cost cannot exceed your total cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Any unrecovered cost at your (or the last annuitant's) death is allowed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on the final return of the decedent. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Example 1. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Your annuity starting date is after 1986, and you exclude $100 a month ($1,200 a year) under the Simplified Method. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The total cost of your annuity is $12,000. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Your exclusion ends when you have recovered your cost tax free, that is, after 10 years (120 months). Free federal tax filing for 2011 After that, your annuity payments are generally fully taxable. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Example 2. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The facts are the same as in Example 1, except you die (with no surviving annuitant) after the eighth year of retirement. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You have recovered tax free only $9,600 (8 × $1,200) of your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 An itemized deduction for your unrecovered cost of $2,400 ($12,000 – $9,600) can be taken on your final return. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Exclusion not limited to cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity starting date is before 1987, you can continue to take your monthly exclusion for as long as you receive your annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you chose a joint and survivor annuity, your survivor can continue to take the survivor's exclusion figured as of the annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The total exclusion may be more than your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Simplified Method Under the Simplified Method, you figure the tax-free part of each annuity payment by dividing your cost by the total number of anticipated monthly payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For an annuity that is payable for the lives of the annuitants, this number is based on the annuitants' ages on the annuity starting date and is determined from a table. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For any other annuity, this number is the number of monthly annuity payments under the contract. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Who must use the Simplified Method. Free federal tax filing for 2011   You must use the Simplified Method if your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, and you meet both of the following conditions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You receive your pension or annuity payments from any of the following plans. Free federal tax filing for 2011 A qualified employee plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 A qualified employee annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 A tax-sheltered annuity plan (403(b) plan). Free federal tax filing for 2011 On your annuity starting date, at least one of the following conditions applies to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You are under age 75. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You are entitled to less than 5 years of guaranteed payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Guaranteed payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Your annuity contract provides guaranteed payments if a minimum number of payments or a minimum amount (for example, the amount of your investment) is payable even if you and any survivor annuitant do not live to receive the minimum. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If the minimum amount is less than the total amount of the payments you are to receive, barring death, during the first 5 years after payments begin (figured by ignoring any payment increases), you are entitled to less than 5 years of guaranteed payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuity starting before November 19, 1996. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, and before November 19, 1996, and you chose to use the Simplified Method, you must continue to use it each year that you recover part of your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You could have chosen to use the Simplified Method if your annuity is payable for your life (or the lives of you and your survivor annuitant) and you met both of the conditions listed earlier under Who must use the Simplified Method . Free federal tax filing for 2011 Who cannot use the Simplified Method. Free federal tax filing for 2011   You cannot use the Simplified Method if you receive your pension or annuity from a nonqualified plan or otherwise do not meet the conditions described in the preceding discussion. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See General Rule , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 How to use the Simplified Method. Free federal tax filing for 2011    Complete Worksheet A in the back of this publication to figure your taxable annuity for 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Be sure to keep the completed worksheet; it will help you figure your taxable annuity next year. Free federal tax filing for 2011   To complete line 3 of the worksheet, you must determine the total number of expected monthly payments for your annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 How you do this depends on whether the annuity is for a single life, multiple lives, or a fixed period. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For this purpose, treat an annuity that is payable over the life of an annuitant as payable for that annuitant's life even if the annuity has a fixed-period feature or also provides a temporary annuity payable to the annuitant's child under age 25. Free federal tax filing for 2011    You do not need to complete line 3 of the worksheet or make the computation on line 4 if you received annuity payments last year and used last year's worksheet to figure your taxable annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Instead, enter the amount from line 4 of last year's worksheet on line 4 of this year's worksheet. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Single-life annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity is payable for your life alone, use Table 1 at the bottom of the worksheet to determine the total number of expected monthly payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter on line 3 the number shown for your age on your annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This number will differ depending on whether your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, or after November 18, 1996. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Multiple-lives annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity is payable for the lives of more than one annuitant, use Table 2 at the bottom of the worksheet to determine the total number of expected monthly payments. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter on line 3 the number shown for the annuitants' combined ages on the annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For an annuity payable to you as the primary annuitant and to more than one survivor annuitant, combine your age and the age of the youngest survivor annuitant. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For an annuity that has no primary annuitant and is payable to you and others as survivor annuitants, combine the ages of the oldest and youngest annuitants. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Do not treat as a survivor annuitant anyone whose entitlement to payments depends on an event other than the primary annuitant's death. Free federal tax filing for 2011   However, if your annuity starting date is before 1998, do not use Table 2 and do not combine the annuitants' ages. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Instead, you must use Table 1 at the bottom of the worksheet and enter on line 3 the number shown for the primary annuitant's age on the annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This number will differ depending on whether your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, or after November 18, 1996. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Fixed-period annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity does not depend in whole or in part on anyone's life expectancy, the total number of expected monthly payments to enter on line 3 of the worksheet is the number of monthly annuity payments under the contract. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Line 6. Free federal tax filing for 2011   The amount on line 6 should include all amounts that could have been recovered in prior years. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you did not recover an amount in a prior year, you may be able to amend your returns for the affected years. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Example. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Bill Smith, age 65, began receiving retirement benefits in 2013 under a joint and survivor annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Bill's annuity starting date is January 1, 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The benefits are to be paid for the joint lives of Bill and his wife, Kathy, age 65. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Bill had contributed $31,000 to a qualified plan and had received no distributions before the annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Bill is to receive a retirement benefit of $1,200 a month, and Kathy is to receive a monthly survivor benefit of $600 upon Bill's death. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Bill must use the Simplified Method to figure his taxable annuity because his payments are from a qualified plan and he is under age 75. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Because his annuity is payable over the lives of more than one annuitant, he uses his and Kathy's combined ages and Table 2 at the bottom of Worksheet A in completing line 3 of the worksheet. Free federal tax filing for 2011 His completed worksheet is shown later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Bill's tax-free monthly amount is $100 ($31,000 ÷ 310) as shown on line 4 of the worksheet. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Upon Bill's death, if Bill has not recovered the full $31,000 investment, Kathy will also exclude $100 from her $600 monthly payment. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The full amount of any annuity payments received after 310 payments are paid must be included in gross income. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If Bill and Kathy die before 310 payments are made, a miscellaneous itemized deduction will be allowed for the unrecovered cost on the final income tax return of the last to die. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Worksheet A. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Simplified Method Worksheet for Bill Smith 1. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter the total pension or annuity payments received this year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a 1. Free federal tax filing for 2011 $14,400 2. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter your cost in the plan (contract) at the annuity starting date plus any death benefit exclusion. Free federal tax filing for 2011 * See Cost (Investment in the Contract) , earlier 2. Free federal tax filing for 2011 31,000   Note. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If your annuity starting date was before this year and you completed this worksheet last year, skip line 3 and enter the amount from line 4 of last year's worksheet on line 4 below (even if the amount of your pension or annuity has changed). Free federal tax filing for 2011 Otherwise, go to line 3. Free federal tax filing for 2011     3. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter the appropriate number from Table 1 below. Free federal tax filing for 2011 But if your annuity starting date was after 1997 and the payments are for your life and that of your beneficiary, enter the appropriate number from Table 2 below 3. Free federal tax filing for 2011 310 4. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Divide line 2 by the number on line 3 4. Free federal tax filing for 2011 100 5. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Multiply line 4 by the number of months for which this year's payments were made. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If your annuity starting date was before 1987, enter this amount on line 8 below and skip lines 6, 7, 10, and 11. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Otherwise, go to line 6 5. Free federal tax filing for 2011 1,200 6. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter any amount previously recovered tax free in years after 1986. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This is the amount shown on line 10 of your worksheet for last year 6. Free federal tax filing for 2011 -0- 7. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Subtract line 6 from line 2 7. Free federal tax filing for 2011 31,000 8. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 7 8. Free federal tax filing for 2011 1,200 9. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Taxable amount for year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Subtract line 8 from line 1. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter the result, but not less than zero. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Note: If your Form 1099-R shows a larger taxable amount, use the amount figured on this line instead. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you are a retired public safety officer, see Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers , earlier, before entering an amount on your tax return 9. Free federal tax filing for 2011 $13,200 10. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Was your annuity starting date before 1987? □ Yes. Free federal tax filing for 2011 STOP. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. Free federal tax filing for 2011  ☑ No. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Add lines 6 and 8. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This is the amount you have recovered tax free through 2013. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You will need this number if you need to fill out this worksheet next year 10. Free federal tax filing for 2011 1,200 11. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Balance of cost to be recovered. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Subtract line 10 from line 2. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If zero, you will not have to complete this worksheet next year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The payments you receive next year will generally be fully taxable 11. Free federal tax filing for 2011 $29,800         * A death benefit exclusion (up to $5,000) applied to certain benefits received by employees who died before August 21, 1996. Free federal tax filing for 2011           Table 1 for Line 3 Above       AND your annuity starting date was—     IF the age at annuity starting date was. Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 BEFORE November 19, 1996, enter on line 3. Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 AFTER November 18, 1996, enter on line 3. Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011     55 or under 300 360     56-60 260 310     61-65 240 260     66-70 170 210     71 or older 120 160     Table 2 for Line 3 Above     IF the combined ages at  annuity starting date were. Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 THEN enter on line 3. Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011 . Free federal tax filing for 2011     110 or under   410     111-120   360     121-130   310     131-140   260     141 or older   210   Multiple annuitants. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you and one or more other annuitants receive payments at the same time, you exclude from each annuity payment a pro rata share of the monthly tax-free amount. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Figure your share by taking the following steps. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Complete your worksheet through line 4 to figure the monthly tax-free amount. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Divide the amount of your monthly payment by the total amount of the monthly payments to all annuitants. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Multiply the amount on line 4 of your worksheet by the amount figured in (2) above. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The result is your share of the monthly tax-free amount. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Replace the amount on line 4 of the worksheet with the result in (3) above. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Enter that amount on line 4 of your worksheet each year. Free federal tax filing for 2011 General Rule Under the General Rule, you determine the tax-free part of each annuity payment based on the ratio of the cost of the contract to the total expected return. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Expected return is the total amount you and other eligible annuitants can expect to receive under the contract. Free federal tax filing for 2011 To figure it, you must use life expectancy (actuarial) tables prescribed by the IRS. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Who must use the General Rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011   You must use the General Rule if you receive pension or annuity payments from: A nonqualified plan (such as a private annuity, a purchased commercial annuity, or a nonqualified employee plan), or A qualified plan if you are age 75 or older on your annuity starting date and your annuity payments are guaranteed for at least 5 years. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuity starting before November 19, 1996. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, and before November 19, 1996, you had to use the General Rule for either circumstance just described. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You also had to use it for any fixed-period annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you did not have to use the General Rule, you could have chosen to use it. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, you had to use the General Rule unless you could use the Three-Year Rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If you had to use the General Rule (or chose to use it), you must continue to use it each year that you recover your cost. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Who cannot use the General Rule. Free federal tax filing for 2011   You cannot use the General Rule if you receive your pension or annuity from a qualified plan and none of the circumstances described in the preceding discussions apply to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Simplified Method , earlier. Free federal tax filing for 2011 More information. Free federal tax filing for 2011   For complete information on using the General Rule, including the actuarial tables you need, see Publication 939. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Taxation of Nonperiodic Payments This section of the publication explains how any nonperiodic distributions you receive under a pension or annuity plan are taxed. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Nonperiodic distributions are also known as amounts not received as an annuity. Free federal tax filing for 2011 They include all payments other than periodic payments and corrective distributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 For example, the following items are treated as nonperiodic distributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Cash withdrawals. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Distributions of current earnings (dividends) on your investment. Free federal tax filing for 2011 However, do not include these distributions in your income to the extent the insurer keeps them to pay premiums or other consideration for the contract. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Certain loans. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Loans Treated as Distributions , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The value of annuity contracts transferred without full and adequate consideration. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Transfers of Annuity Contracts , later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Corrective distributions of excess plan contributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011   Generally, if the contributions made for you during the year to certain retirement plans exceed certain limits, the excess is taxable to you. Free federal tax filing for 2011 To correct an excess, your plan may distribute it to you (along with any income earned on the excess). Free federal tax filing for 2011 Although the plan reports the corrective distributions on Form 1099-R, the distribution is not treated as a nonperiodic distribution from the plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 It is not subject to the allocation rules explained in the following discussion, it cannot be rolled over into another plan, and it is not subject to the additional tax on early distributions. Free federal tax filing for 2011    If your retirement plan made a corrective distribution of excess amounts (excess deferrals, excess contributions, or excess annual additions), your Form 1099-R should have the code “8,” “B,” “P,” or “E” in box 7. Free federal tax filing for 2011   For information on plan contribution limits and how to report corrective distributions of excess contributions, see Retirement Plan Contributions under Employee Compensation in Publication 525. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Figuring the Taxable Amount How you figure the taxable amount of a nonperiodic distribution depends on whether it is made before the annuity starting date, or on or after the annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If it is made before the annuity starting date, its tax treatment also depends on whether it is made under a qualified or nonqualified plan. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If it is made under a nonqualified plan, its tax treatment depends on whether it fully discharges the contract, is received under certain life insurance or endowment contracts, or is allocable to an investment you made before August 14, 1982. Free federal tax filing for 2011 You may be able to roll over the taxable amount of a nonperiodic distribution from a qualified retirement plan into another qualified retirement plan or a traditional IRA tax free. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Rollovers, later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 If you do not make a tax-free rollover and the distribution qualifies as a lump-sum distribution, you may be able to elect an optional method of figuring the tax on the taxable amount. Free federal tax filing for 2011 See Lump-Sum Distributions, later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Annuity starting date. Free federal tax filing for 2011   The annuity starting date is either the first day of the first period for which you receive an annuity payment under the contract or the date on which the obligation under the contract becomes fixed, whichever is later. Free federal tax filing for 2011 Distributions of employer securities. Free federal tax filing for 2011    If you receive a distribution of employer securities from a qualified retirement plan, you may be able to defer the tax on the net unrealized appreciation (NUA) in the securities. Free federal tax filing for 2011 The NUA is the net increase in the securities' value while they were in the trust. Free federal tax filing for 2011 This tax deferral applies to distributions of the employer corporation's stocks, bonds, registered debentures, and debentures with interest coupons attached. Free federal tax filing for 2011   If the distribution is a lump-sum distribution, tax is deferred on all of the NUA unless you choose to include it in your income for the year of the distribution. Free federal tax filing for 2011    A lump-sum distribution for this purpose is the distribution or payment of a plan participant's entire balance (within a single tax year) from all of the employer's qualified plans of one kind (pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plans), but only if paid: Because of the plan participant's death, After the participant reaches age 59½, Because the participant, if an employee, separates from service, or After the participant, if a self-employed individual, becomes totally and permanently disabled. Free federal tax filing for 2011    If you choose to include NUA in your income for the year of the distribution and the participant was born before January 2, 1936, you may be able to figure the tax on the NUA using the optional methods described und