Information for SDCERS Members Receiving a Pension

Date: Apr 16, 2014

 

This information explains the reasons that, for some SDCERS members, the annual Form 1099-R you receive is issued as “Taxable Amount Not Determined” and the amount in Box 2a of the form is reported as $0.00 (zero). 

If you received a Form 1099-R such as this, it means that SDCERS does not calculate that portion of your total annual payments that are taxable income.

Important: If you are a retired member and you received your first pension allowance after January 1, 2003, this information does not apply to you. In your case, SDCERS does calculate the amount of your taxable income and reports that amount in Box 2a. This calculation was performed using the IRS’ “Simplified Method.”

  • If you were employed by the City prior to January 1, 1989, all pre-1989 employee retirement contributions were made on a post-tax basis. After retirement, IRS rules allow you to receive a portion of your post-tax contributions tax free. Over the years, there were several allowable IRS methods to calculate the annual portion that could be recovered tax-free and the amount of taxable income
     
  • If you retired and received your first pension allowance before July 1, 1986, you had two choices of calculation methods to determine the amount of your taxable income: The “General Rule” or the “Three Year Rule.”  Since the calculation method was a taxpayer’s personal choice, SDCERS could not perform any tax-free and taxable income calculations. Therefore, your annual 1099-R has and will always be reported as “Taxable Amount Not Determined” with the Taxable Amount reported as zero.        
     
  • If you retired and received your first pension allowance between July 2, 1986 and November 18, 1996, you also had two choices of calculation methods to determine the amount of your taxable income:  The “General Rule” or the “Simplified Method.” The “Three Year Rule,” a method available to pre July 1, 1986 retirees, was eliminated.  Since the calculation method to use was still the taxpayer’s personal choice, SDCERS could not perform any tax-free and taxable income calculations. Therefore, your annual 1099-R has and will always be reported as “Taxable Amount Not Determined” with the Taxable Amount reported as zero.  
     
  • If you retired and received your first pension allowance between November 19, 1996 and December 31, 2002, you must use the “Simplified Method” to calculate your tax-free and taxable income amounts. The “General Rule” method, available to pre November 19, 1996 retirees, was eliminated as an option for SDCERS’ members.  During this time period, however, SDCERS’ computer systems were unable to calculate these amounts dating to the beginning of your retirement.  Since SDCERS has no information about how much of a member’s post-tax contributions have already been claimed since the first year of your retirement, SDCERS cannot perform any current or future annual tax-free and taxable income calculations.Therefore, your annual 1099-R has and will always be reported as “Taxable Amount Not Determined” and the Taxable Amount reported will be zero.

Prior to 2003, SDCERS issued a retirement certificate letter at retirement that reported to you the amount of your monthly allowance at retirement and the total amount of member contributions that were contributed on a pre-tax and post-tax basis. This letter provided the amounts needed to perform the calculations under the different calculation options.    

For those taxpayer’s who had a choice between two calculation methods, the method selected in the first year of retirement is required to be used for life.

Beginning with new retirees who received their first pension allowance after January 1, 2003, SDCERS’ computer systems became capable of calculating the taxable and tax free amounts using the Simplified Method. Your Form 1099-R provides the portion of taxable income you received in Box 2a.

If you are a surviving spouse, a named beneficiary receiving a monthly continuance, or an ex-spouse receiving a portion of a member retiree’s monthly pension allowance under a DRO agreement, these 1099-R reporting rules also apply to you. Your annual 1099-R reporting is also based on the date the SDCERS member/retiree to whom you were related began receiving monthly pension payments.

SDCERS cannot provide tax advice regarding your personal calculations described in this information sheet.  Please consult with your own tax advisor and, for more information, see Internal Revenue Service Publication 575 “Pension and Annuity Income” and Publication 939 “General Rule for Pensions and Annuities.“ 




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