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Irs forms publications Publication 721 - Main Content Table of Contents Part I General InformationRefund of Contributions Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Filing Requirements Part II Rules for RetireesAnnuity starting date. Irs forms publications Gross monthly rate. Irs forms publications Your cost. Irs forms publications Choosing a survivor annuity after retirement. Irs forms publications Canceling a survivor annuity after retirement. Irs forms publications Annuity starting date after 1986. Irs forms publications Annuity starting date before 1987. Irs forms publications Simplified Method General Rule Three-Year Rule Alternative Annuity Option Federal Gift Tax Retirement During the Past Year Reemployment After Retirement Nonresident Aliens Thrift Savings Plan Rollover Rules Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers How To Report Benefits Part III Rules for Disability Retirement and Credit for the Elderly or the DisabledDisability Annuity Other Benefits Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Part IV Rules for Survivors of Federal EmployeesFERS Death Benefit CSRS or FERS Survivor Annuity Lump-Sum CSRS or FERS Payment Thrift Savings Plan Federal Estate Tax Part V Rules for Survivors of Federal RetireesCSRS or FERS Survivor Annuity Lump-Sum CSRS or FERS Payment Voluntary Contributions Thrift Savings Plan Federal Estate Tax Income Tax Deduction for Estate Tax Paid How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Part I General Information This part of the publication contains information that can apply to most recipients of civil service retirement benefits. Irs forms publications Refund of Contributions If you leave federal government service or transfer to a job not under the CSRS or FERS and you are not eligible for an immediate annuity, you can choose to receive a refund of the money in your CSRS or FERS retirement account. Irs forms publications The refund will include both regular and voluntary contributions you made to the fund, plus any interest payable. Irs forms publications If the refund includes only your contributions, none of the refund is taxable. Irs forms publications If it includes any interest, the interest is taxable unless you roll it over directly into another qualified plan or a traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA). Irs forms publications If you do not have the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) transfer the interest to an IRA or other plan in a direct rollover, tax will be withheld at a 20% rate. Irs forms publications See Rollover Rules in Part II for information on how to make a rollover. Irs forms publications Interest is not paid on contributions to the CSRS for service after 1956 unless your service was for more than 1 year but not more than 5 years. Irs forms publications Therefore, many employees who withdraw their contributions under the CSRS do not get interest and do not owe any tax on their refund. Irs forms publications If you do not roll over interest included in your refund, it may qualify as a lump-sum distribution eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option. Irs forms publications If you separate from service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55, it may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions. Irs forms publications For more information, see Lump-Sum Distributions and Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. Irs forms publications A lump-sum distribution is eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option only if the plan participant was born before January 2, 1936. Irs forms publications Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax The CSRS or FERS annuity you receive is subject to federal income tax withholding, unless you choose not to have tax withheld. Irs forms publications OPM will tell you how to make the choice. Irs forms publications The choice for no withholding remains in effect until you change it. Irs forms publications These withholding rules also apply to a disability annuity, whether received before or after minimum retirement age. Irs forms publications 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. Irs forms publications You may owe a penalty if the total of your withheld tax and estimated tax does not cover most of the tax shown on your return. Irs forms publications Generally, you will owe the penalty for 2014 if the additional tax you must pay with your return is $1,000 or more and more than 10% of the tax to be shown on your 2014 return. Irs forms publications For more information, including exceptions to the penalty, see chapter 4 of Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. Irs forms publications Form CSA 1099R. Irs forms publications   Form CSA 1099R is mailed to you by OPM each year. Irs forms publications It will show any tax you had withheld. Irs forms publications File a copy of Form CSA 1099R with your tax return if any federal income tax was withheld. Irs forms publications    You also can view and download your Form CSA 1099R by visiting the OPM website at  www. Irs forms publications servicesonline. Irs forms publications opm. Irs forms publications gov. Irs forms publications To log in, you will need your retirement CSA claim number and your personal identification number. Irs forms publications Choosing no withholding on payments outside the United States. Irs forms publications   The choice for no withholding generally cannot be made for annuity payments to be delivered outside the United States and its possessions. Irs forms publications   To choose no withholding if you are a U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications citizen or resident alien, you must provide OPM with your home address in the United States or its possessions. Irs forms publications Otherwise, OPM has to withhold tax. Irs forms publications For example, OPM must withhold if you provide a U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications address for a nominee, trustee, or agent (such as a bank) to whom the benefits are to be delivered, but you do not provide your own U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications home address. Irs forms publications   If you do not provide a home address in the United States or its possessions, you can choose not to have tax withheld only if you certify to OPM that you are not a U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications citizen, a U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications resident alien, or someone who left the United States to avoid tax. Irs forms publications But if you so certify, you may be subject to the 30% flat rate withholding that applies to nonresident aliens. Irs forms publications For details, see Publication 519, U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Tax Guide for Aliens. Irs forms publications Withholding certificate. Irs forms publications   If you give OPM a Form W-4P-A, Election of Federal Income Tax Withholding, you can choose not to have tax withheld or you can choose to have tax withheld. Irs forms publications The amount of tax withheld depends on your marital status, the number of withholding allowances, and any additional amount you designate to be withheld. Irs forms publications If you do not make either of these choices, OPM must withhold as if you were married with three withholding allowances. Irs forms publications To change the amount of tax withholding or to stop withholding, call OPM's Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (customers within the local Washington, D. Irs forms publications C. Irs forms publications calling area must call 202-606-0500). Irs forms publications No special form is needed. Irs forms publications You will need your retirement CSA or CSF claim number, your social security number, and your personal identification number (PIN) when you call. Irs forms publications If you have TTY/TDD equipment, call 1-855–887–4957. Irs forms publications If you need a PIN, call OPM's Retirement Information Office. Irs forms publications You also can change the amount of withholding or stop withholding online by visiting the OPM website at www. Irs forms publications servicesonline. Irs forms publications opm. Irs forms publications gov. Irs forms publications You will need your retirement CSA or CSF claim number and your PIN. Irs forms publications Withholding from certain lump-sum payments. Irs forms publications   If you leave the federal government before becoming eligible to retire and you apply for a refund of your CSRS or FERS contributions, or you die without leaving a survivor eligible for an annuity, you or your beneficiary will receive a distribution of your contributions to the retirement plan plus any interest payable. Irs forms publications Tax will be withheld at a 20% rate on the interest distributed. Irs forms publications However, tax will not be withheld if you have OPM transfer (roll over) the interest directly to your traditional IRA or other qualified plan. Irs forms publications If you have OPM transfer (roll over) the interest directly to a Roth IRA, the entire amount will be taxed in the current year. Irs forms publications Because no income tax will be withheld at the time of the transfer, you may want to increase your withholding or pay estimated taxes. Irs forms publications See Rollover Rules in Part II. Irs forms publications If you receive only your contributions, no tax will be withheld. Irs forms publications Withholding from Thrift Savings Plan payments. Irs forms publications   Generally, a distribution that you receive from the TSP is subject to federal income tax withholding. Irs forms publications The amount withheld is: 20% if the distribution is an eligible rollover distribution, 10% if it is a nonperiodic distribution other than an eligible rollover distribution, or An amount determined as if you were married with three withholding allowances, unless you submit a withholding certificate (Form W-4P), if it is a periodic distribution. Irs forms publications  However, you usually can choose not to have tax withheld from TSP payments other than eligible rollover distributions. Irs forms publications By January 31 after the end of the year in which you receive a distribution, the TSP will issue Form 1099-R showing the total distributions you received in the prior year and the amount of tax withheld. Irs forms publications   For a detailed discussion of withholding on distributions from the TSP, see Important Tax Information About Payments From Your TSP Account, available from your agency personnel office or from the TSP. Irs forms publications The above document is also available in the “Forms & Publications” section of the TSP website at www. Irs forms publications tsp. Irs forms publications gov. Irs forms publications Estimated tax. Irs forms publications   Generally, you must make estimated tax payments for 2014 if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for 2014 (after subtracting your withholding and credits) and you expect your withholding and your credits to be less than the smaller of: 90% of the tax to be shown on your income tax return for 2014, or 100% of the tax shown on your 2013 income tax return (110% of that amount if the adjusted gross income shown on the return was more than $150,000 ($75,000 if your filing status for 2014 will be married filing separately)). Irs forms publications The return must cover all 12 months. Irs forms publications   You do not have to pay estimated tax for 2014 if you were a U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications citizen or resident alien for all of 2013 and you had no tax liability for the full 12-month 2013 tax year. Irs forms publications   Publication 505 contains information that you can use to help you figure your estimated tax payments. Irs forms publications Filing Requirements If your gross income, including the taxable part of your annuity, is less than a certain amount, you generally do not have to file a federal income tax return for that year. Irs forms publications The gross income filing requirements for the tax year are in the instructions to Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. Irs forms publications Children. Irs forms publications   If you are the surviving spouse of a federal employee or retiree and your monthly annuity check includes a survivor annuity for one or more children, each child's annuity counts as his or her own income (not yours) for federal income tax purposes. Irs forms publications   If your child can be claimed as a dependent, treat the taxable part of his or her annuity as unearned income when applying the filing requirements for dependents. Irs forms publications Form CSF 1099R. Irs forms publications   Form CSF 1099R will be mailed to you by January 31 after the end of each tax year. Irs forms publications It will show the total amount of the annuity you received in the past year. Irs forms publications It also should show, separately, the survivor annuity for a child or children. Irs forms publications Only the part that is each individual's survivor annuity should be shown on that individual's Form 1040 or 1040A. Irs forms publications   If your Form CSF 1099R does not show separately the amount paid to you for a child or children, attach a statement to your return, along with a copy of Form CSF 1099R, explaining why the amount shown on the tax return differs from the amount shown on Form CSF 1099R. Irs forms publications    You also can view and download your Form CSF 1099R by visiting the OPM website at  www. Irs forms publications servicesonline. Irs forms publications opm. Irs forms publications gov. Irs forms publications To log in you will need your retirement CSF claim number and personal identification number. Irs forms publications    You may request a Summary of Payments, showing the amounts paid to you for your child(ren), from OPM by calling OPM's Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (customers within the local Washington, D. Irs forms publications C. Irs forms publications calling area must call 202-606-0500). Irs forms publications You will need your CSF claim number and your social security number when you call. Irs forms publications Taxable part of annuity. Irs forms publications   To find the taxable part of a retiree's annuity when applying the filing requirements, see the discussion in Part II, Rules for Retirees , or Part III, Rules for Disability Retirement and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled , whichever applies. Irs forms publications To find the taxable part of each survivor annuity when applying the filing requirements, see the discussion in Part IV, Rules for Survivors of Federal Employees , or Part V, Rules for Survivors of Federal Retirees , whichever applies. Irs forms publications Part II Rules for Retirees This part of the publication is for retirees who retired on nondisability retirement. Irs forms publications If you retired on disability before you reached your minimum retirement age, see Part III, Rules for Disability Retirement and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Irs forms publications However, on the day after you reach your minimum retirement age, use the rules in this section to report your disability retirement and begin recovering your cost. Irs forms publications Annuity statement. Irs forms publications   The statement you received from OPM when your CSRS or FERS annuity was approved shows the commencing date (the annuity starting date), the gross monthly rate of your annuity benefit, and your total contributions to the retirement plan (your cost). Irs forms publications You will use this information to figure the tax-free recovery of your cost. Irs forms publications Annuity starting date. Irs forms publications   If you retire from federal government service on a regular annuity, your annuity starting date is the commencing date on your annuity statement from OPM. Irs forms publications If something delays payment of your annuity, such as a late application for retirement, it does not affect the date your annuity begins to accrue or your annuity starting date. Irs forms publications Gross monthly rate. Irs forms publications   This is the amount you were to get after any adjustment for electing a survivor's annuity or for electing the lump-sum payment under the alternative annuity option (if either applied) but before any deduction for income tax withholding, insurance premiums, etc. Irs forms publications Your cost. Irs forms publications   Your monthly annuity payment contains an amount on which you have previously paid income tax. Irs forms publications This amount represents part of your contributions to the retirement plan. Irs forms publications Even though you did not receive the money that was contributed to the plan, it was included in your gross income for federal income tax purposes in the years it was taken out of your pay. Irs forms publications   The cost of your annuity is the total of your contributions to the retirement plan, as shown on your annuity statement from OPM. Irs forms publications If you elected the alternative annuity option, it includes any deemed deposits and any deemed redeposits that were added to your lump-sum credit. Irs forms publications (See Lump-sum credit under Alternative Annuity Option, later. Irs forms publications )   If you repaid contributions that you had withdrawn from the retirement plan earlier, or if you paid into the plan to receive full credit for service not subject to retirement deductions, the entire repayment, including any interest, is a part of your cost. Irs forms publications You cannot claim an interest deduction for any interest payments. Irs forms publications You cannot treat these payments as voluntary contributions; they are considered regular employee contributions. Irs forms publications Recovering your cost tax free. Irs forms publications   How you figure the tax-free recovery of the cost of your CSRS or FERS annuity depends on your annuity starting date. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, either the Three-Year Rule or the General Rule (both discussed later) applies to your annuity. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, and before November 19, 1996, you could have chosen to use either the General Rule or the Simplified Method (discussed later). Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, you must use the Simplified Method. Irs forms publications   Under both the General Rule and the Simplified Method, each of your monthly annuity payments is made up of two parts: the tax-free part that is a return of your cost, and the taxable part that is the amount of each payment that is more than the part that represents your cost (unless such payment is used for purposes discussed under Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers , later). Irs forms publications The tax-free part is a fixed dollar amount. Irs forms publications It remains the same, even if your annuity is increased. Irs forms publications Generally, this rule applies as long as you receive your annuity. Irs forms publications However, see Exclusion limit , later. Irs forms publications Choosing a survivor annuity after retirement. Irs forms publications    If you retired without a survivor annuity and report your annuity under the Simplified Method, do not change your tax-free monthly amount even if you later choose a survivor annuity. Irs forms publications   If you retired without a survivor annuity and report your annuity under the General Rule, you must figure the tax-free part of your annuity using a new exclusion percentage if you later choose a survivor annuity and take reduced annuity payments. Irs forms publications To figure the new exclusion percentage, reduce your cost by the amount you previously recovered tax free. Irs forms publications Figure the expected return as of the date the reduced annuity begins. Irs forms publications For details on the General Rule, see Publication 939. Irs forms publications Canceling a survivor annuity after retirement. Irs forms publications   If you retired with a survivor annuity payable to your spouse upon your death and you notify OPM that your marriage has ended, your annuity might be increased to remove the reduction for a survivor benefit. Irs forms publications The increased annuity does not change the cost recovery you figured at the annuity starting date. Irs forms publications The tax-free part of each annuity payment remains the same. Irs forms publications    For more information about choosing or canceling a survivor annuity after retirement, contact OPM's Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (customers within the local Washington, D. Irs forms publications C. Irs forms publications calling area must call 202-606-0500). Irs forms publications Exclusion limit. Irs forms publications   Your annuity starting date determines the total amount of annuity payments that you can exclude from income over the years. Irs forms publications Annuity starting date after 1986. Irs forms publications   If your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that you (or the survivor annuitant) can exclude over the years as a return of your cost cannot exceed your total cost. Irs forms publications Annuity payments you or your survivors receive after the total cost in the plan has been recovered are generally fully taxable. Irs forms publications Example. Irs forms publications Your annuity starting date is after 1986 and you exclude $100 a month under the Simplified Method. Irs forms publications If your cost is $12,000, the exclusion ends after 10 years (120 months). Irs forms publications Thereafter, your entire annuity is generally fully taxable. Irs forms publications Annuity starting date before 1987. Irs forms publications   If your annuity starting date is before 1987, you can continue to take your monthly exclusion figured under the General Rule or Simplified Method for as long as you receive your annuity. Irs forms publications If you chose a joint and survivor annuity, your survivor can continue to take that same exclusion. Irs forms publications The total exclusion may be more than your cost. Irs forms publications Deduction of unrecovered cost. Irs forms publications   If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, and the cost of your annuity has not been fully recovered at your (or the survivor annuitant's) death, a deduction is allowed for the unrecovered cost. Irs forms publications The deduction is claimed on your (or your survivor's) final tax return as a miscellaneous itemized deduction (not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit). Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, no tax benefit is allowed for any unrecovered cost at death. Irs forms publications Simplified Method If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, you must use the Simplified Method to figure the tax-free part of your CSRS or FERS annuity. Irs forms publications (OPM has figured the taxable amount of your annuity shown on your Form CSA 1099R using the Simplified Method. Irs forms publications ) You could have chosen to use either the Simplified Method or the General Rule if your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, but before November 19, 1996. Irs forms publications The Simplified Method does not apply if your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986. Irs forms publications Under the Simplified Method, you figure the tax-free part of each full monthly payment by dividing your cost by a number of months based on your age. Irs forms publications This number will differ depending on whether your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, or after November 18, 1996. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is after 1997 and your annuity includes a survivor benefit for your spouse, this number is based on your combined ages. Irs forms publications Worksheet A. Irs forms publications   Use Worksheet A. Irs forms publications Simplified Method (near the end of this publication), to figure your taxable annuity. Irs forms publications Be sure to keep the completed worksheet. Irs forms publications It will help you figure your taxable amounts for later years. Irs forms publications Instead of Worksheet A, you generally can use the Simplified Method Worksheet in the instructions for Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR to figure your taxable annuity. Irs forms publications However, you must use Worksheet A and Worksheet B in this publication if you chose the alternative annuity option, discussed later. Irs forms publications Line 2. Irs forms publications   See Your cost , earlier, for an explanation of your cost in the plan. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, and you chose the alternative annuity option (explained later), you must reduce your cost by the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment you received. Irs forms publications Line 3. Irs forms publications   The number you enter on line 3 is the appropriate number from Table 1 or 2 representing approximate life expectancies in months. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is after 1997, use: Table 1 for an annuity without a survivor benefit, or Table 2 for an annuity with a survivor benefit. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is before 1998, use Table 1. Irs forms publications Line 6. Irs forms publications   If you received contributions tax free before 2013, the amount previously recovered tax free that you must enter on line 6 is the total amount from line 10 of last year's worksheet. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, and you chose the alternative annuity option, this amount includes the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment you received. Irs forms publications Example. Irs forms publications Bill Smith retired from the Federal Government on March 31, 2013, under an annuity that will provide a survivor benefit for his wife, Kathy. Irs forms publications His annuity starting date is April 1, 2013, the annuity is paid in arrears, and he received his first monthly annuity payment on May 1, 2013. Irs forms publications He must use the Simplified Method to figure the tax-free part of his annuity benefits. Irs forms publications Bill's monthly annuity benefit is $1,000. Irs forms publications He had contributed $31,000 to his retirement plan and had received no distributions before his annuity starting date. Irs forms publications At his annuity starting date, he was 65 and Kathy was 57. Irs forms publications Bill's completed Worksheet A is shown later. Irs forms publications To complete line 3, he used Table 2 at the bottom of the worksheet and found that 310 is the number in the second column opposite the age range that includes 122 (his and Kathy's combined ages). Irs forms publications Bill keeps a copy of the completed worksheet for his records. Irs forms publications It will help him (and Kathy, if she survives him) figure the taxable amount of the annuity in later years. Irs forms publications Bill's tax-free monthly amount is $100. Irs forms publications (See line 4 of the worksheet. Irs forms publications ) If he lives to collect more than 310 monthly payments, he will generally have to include in his gross income the full amount of any annuity payments received after 310 payments have been made. Irs forms publications If Bill does not live to collect 310 monthly payments and his wife begins to receive monthly payments, she also will exclude $100 from each monthly payment until 310 payments (Bill's and hers) have been collected. Irs forms publications If she dies before 310 payments have been made, a miscellaneous itemized deduction (not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit) will be allowed for the unrecovered cost on her final income tax return. Irs forms publications General Rule If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, you cannot use the General Rule to figure the tax-free part of your CSRS or FERS annuity. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, but before November 19, 1996, you could have chosen to use either the General Rule or the Simplified Method. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date is before July 2, 1986, you could have chosen to use the General Rule only if you could not use the Three-Year Rule. Irs forms publications Under the General Rule, you figure the tax-free part of each full monthly payment by multiplying the initial gross monthly rate of your annuity by an exclusion percentage. Irs forms publications Figuring this percentage is complex and requires the use of actuarial tables. Irs forms publications For these tables and other information about using the General Rule, see Publication 939. Irs forms publications Three-Year Rule If your annuity starting date was before July 2, 1986, you probably had to report your annuity using the Three-Year Rule. Irs forms publications Under this rule, you excluded all the annuity payments from income until you fully recovered your cost. Irs forms publications After your cost was recovered, all payments became fully taxable. Irs forms publications You cannot use another rule to again exclude amounts from income. Irs forms publications The Three-Year Rule was repealed for retirees whose annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986. Irs forms publications Worksheet A. Irs forms publications Simplified Method for Bill Smith See the instructions in Part II of this publication under Simplified Method. Irs forms publications 1. Irs forms publications Enter the total pension or annuity payments received this year. Irs forms publications Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a 1. Irs forms publications $ 8,000 2. Irs forms publications Enter your cost in the plan at the annuity starting date, plus any death benefit exclusion*. Irs forms publications See Your cost in Part II, Rules for Retirees, earlier 2. Irs forms publications 31,000 Note: 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). Irs forms publications Otherwise, go to line 3. Irs forms publications   3. Irs forms publications Enter the appropriate number from Table 1 below. Irs forms publications 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. Irs forms publications 3. Irs forms publications 310 4. Irs forms publications Divide line 2 by the number on line 3 4. Irs forms publications 100 5. Irs forms publications Multiply line 4 by the number of months for which this year's payments were made. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date was before 1987, enter this amount on line 8 below and skip lines 6, 7, 10, and 11. Irs forms publications Otherwise, go to line 6 5. Irs forms publications 800 6. Irs forms publications Enter any amounts previously recovered tax free in years after 1986. Irs forms publications This is the amount shown on line 10 of your worksheet for last year 6. Irs forms publications 0 7. Irs forms publications Subtract line 6 from line 2 7. Irs forms publications 31,000 8. Irs forms publications Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 7 8. Irs forms publications 800 9. Irs forms publications Taxable amount for year. Irs forms publications Subtract line 8 from line 1. Irs forms publications Enter the result, but not less than zero. Irs forms publications Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16b, or Form 1040A, line 12b. Irs forms publications If you are a nonresident alien, also enter this amount on line 1 of Worksheet C. Irs forms publications If your Form CSA 1099R or Form CSF 1099R shows a larger amount, use the amount figured on this line instead. Irs forms publications If you are a retired public safety officer, see Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers in Part II before entering an amount on your tax return or Worksheet C, line 1 9. Irs forms publications $7,200 10. Irs forms publications Was your annuity starting date before 1987?   Yes. Irs forms publications Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. Irs forms publications    No. Irs forms publications Add lines 6 and 8. Irs forms publications This is the amount you have recovered tax free through 2013. Irs forms publications You will need this number if you need to fill out this worksheet next year 10. Irs forms publications 800 11. Irs forms publications Balance of cost to be recovered. Irs forms publications Subtract line 10 from line 2. Irs forms publications If zero, you will not have to complete this worksheet next year. Irs forms publications The payments you receive next year will generally be fully taxable 11. Irs forms publications $30,200 Table 1 for Line 3 Above    IF your age on your  annuity starting date was   AND your annuity starting date was—     before November 19, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3 after November 18, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3   55 or under 300 360   56–60 260 310   61–65 240 260   66–70 170 210   71 or over 120 160  Table 2 for Line 3 Above    IF the annuitants' combined ages on your annuity starting date were   THEN enter on line 3         110 or under   410         111–120   360         121–130   310         131–140   260         141 or over   210       * A death benefit exclusion of up to $5,000 applied to certain benefits received by survivors of employees who died before August 21, 1996. Irs forms publications Alternative Annuity Option If you are eligible, you may choose an alternative form of annuity. Irs forms publications If you make this choice, you will receive a lump-sum payment equal to your contributions to the plan and a reduced monthly annuity. Irs forms publications You are eligible to make this choice if you meet all of the following requirements. Irs forms publications You are retiring, but not on disability. Irs forms publications You have a life-threatening illness or other critical medical condition. Irs forms publications You do not have a former spouse entitled to court ordered benefits based on your service. Irs forms publications If you are not eligible or do not choose this alternative annuity, you can skip the following discussion and go to Federal Gift Tax , later. Irs forms publications Lump-Sum Payment The lump-sum payment you receive under the alternative annuity option generally has a tax-free part and a taxable part. Irs forms publications The tax-free part represents part of your cost. Irs forms publications The taxable part represents part of the earnings on your annuity contract. Irs forms publications Your lump-sum credit (discussed later) may include a deemed deposit or redeposit that is treated as being included in your lump-sum payment even though you do not actually receive such amounts. Irs forms publications Deemed deposits and redeposits, which are described later under Lump-sum credit , are taxable to you in the year of retirement. Irs forms publications Your taxable amount may therefore be more than the lump-sum payment you receive. Irs forms publications You must include the taxable part of the lump-sum payment in your income for the year you receive the payment unless you roll it over into another qualified plan or an IRA. Irs forms publications If you do not have OPM transfer the taxable amount to an IRA or other plan in a direct rollover, tax will be withheld at a 20% rate. Irs forms publications See Rollover Rules , later, for information on how to make a rollover. Irs forms publications OPM can make a direct rollover only up to the amount of the lump-sum payment. Irs forms publications Therefore, to defer tax on the full taxable amount if it is more than the payment, you must add funds from another source. Irs forms publications The taxable part of the lump-sum payment does not qualify as a lump-sum distribution eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option. Irs forms publications It also may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions if you separate from service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55, even if you reach age 55 in the year you receive the lump-sum payment. Irs forms publications For more information, see Lump-Sum Distributions and Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. Irs forms publications Worksheet B. Irs forms publications   Use Worksheet B. Irs forms publications Lump-Sum Payment (near the end of this publication), to figure the taxable part of your lump-sum payment. Irs forms publications Be sure to keep the completed worksheet for your records. Irs forms publications   To complete the worksheet, you will need to know the amount of your lump-sum credit and the present value of your annuity contract. Irs forms publications Lump-sum credit. Irs forms publications   Generally, this is the same amount as the lump-sum payment you receive (the total of your contributions to the retirement system). Irs forms publications However, for purposes of the alternative annuity option, your lump-sum credit also may include deemed deposits and redeposits that OPM advanced to your retirement account so that you are given credit for the service they represent. Irs forms publications Deemed deposits (including interest) are for federal employment during which no retirement contributions were taken out of your pay. Irs forms publications Deemed redeposits (including interest) are for any refunds of retirement contributions that you received and did not repay. Irs forms publications You are treated as if you had received a lump-sum payment equal to the amount of your lump-sum credit and then had made a repayment to OPM of the advanced amounts. Irs forms publications Present value of your annuity contract. Irs forms publications   The present value of your annuity contract is figured using actuarial tables provided by the IRS. Irs forms publications If you are receiving a lump-sum payment under the Alternative Annuity Option, you can write to the address below to find out the present value of your annuity contract. Irs forms publications Internal Revenue Service Attn: Actuarial Group 2 TE/GE SE:T:EP:RA:T:A2 NCA-629 1111 Constitution Ave. Irs forms publications , NW Washington, DC 20224-0002 Example. Irs forms publications David Brown retired from the federal government in 2013, one month after his 55th birthday. Irs forms publications He had contributed $31,000 to his retirement plan and chose to receive a lump-sum payment of that amount under the alternative annuity option. Irs forms publications The present value of his annuity contract was $155,000. Irs forms publications The tax-free part and the taxable part of the lump-sum payment are figured using Worksheet B, as shown below. Irs forms publications The taxable part ($24,800) is also his net cost in the plan, which is used to figure the taxable part of his reduced annuity payments. Irs forms publications See Reduced Annuity , later. Irs forms publications Worksheet B. Irs forms publications Lump-Sum Payment for David Brown See the instructions in Part II of this publication under Alternative Annuity Option . Irs forms publications  1. Irs forms publications Enter your lump-sum credit (your cost in the plan at the annuity starting date) 1. Irs forms publications $ 31,000 2. Irs forms publications Enter the present value of your annuity contract 2. Irs forms publications 155,000 3. Irs forms publications Divide line 1 by line 2 3. Irs forms publications . Irs forms publications 20 4. Irs forms publications Tax-free amount. Irs forms publications Multiply line 1 by line 3. Irs forms publications (Caution: Do not include this amount on line 6 of Worksheet A in this publication. Irs forms publications ) 4. Irs forms publications $6,200 5. Irs forms publications Taxable amount (net cost in the plan). Irs forms publications Subtract line 4 from line 1. Irs forms publications Include this amount in the total on Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b. Irs forms publications Also, enter this amount on line 2 of Worksheet A in this publication. Irs forms publications 5. Irs forms publications $24,800   Lump-sum payment in installments. Irs forms publications   If you choose the alternative annuity option, you usually will receive the lump-sum payment in two equal installments. Irs forms publications You will receive the first installment after you make the choice upon retirement. Irs forms publications The second installment will be paid to you, with interest, in the next calendar year. Irs forms publications (Exceptions to the installment rule are provided for cases of critical medical need. Irs forms publications )   Even though the lump-sum payment is made in installments, the overall tax treatment (explained at the beginning of this discussion) is the same as if the whole payment were paid at once. Irs forms publications If the payment has a tax-free part, you must treat the taxable part as received first. Irs forms publications How to report. Irs forms publications   Add any actual or deemed payment of your lump-sum credit (defined earlier) to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a. Irs forms publications Add the taxable part to the total for Form 1040, line 16b; Form 1040A, line 12b; or Form 1040NR, line 17b, unless you roll over the taxable part to your traditional IRA or a qualified retirement plan. Irs forms publications    If you receive the lump-sum payment in two installments, include any interest paid with the second installment on line 8a of either Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or on line 9a of Form 1040NR. Irs forms publications Reduced Annuity If you have chosen to receive a lump-sum payment under the alternative annuity option, you also will receive reduced monthly annuity payments. Irs forms publications These annuity payments each will have a tax-free and a taxable part. Irs forms publications To figure the tax-free part of each annuity payment, you must use the Simplified Method (Worksheet A). Irs forms publications For instructions on how to complete the worksheet, see Worksheet A under Simplified Method, earlier. Irs forms publications To complete Worksheet A, line 2, you must reduce your cost in the plan by the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment you received. Irs forms publications Enter as your net cost on line 2 the amount from Worksheet B, line 5. Irs forms publications Do not include the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment with other amounts recovered tax free (Worksheet A, line 6) when limiting your total exclusion to your total cost. Irs forms publications Example. Irs forms publications The facts are the same as in the example for David Brown in the preceding discussion. Irs forms publications In addition, David received 10 annuity payments in 2013 of $1,200 each. Irs forms publications Using Worksheet A, he figures the taxable part of his annuity payments. Irs forms publications He completes line 2 by reducing his $31,000 cost by the $6,200 tax-free part of his lump-sum payment. Irs forms publications His entry on line 2 is his $24,800 net cost in the plan (the amount from Worksheet B, line 5). Irs forms publications He does not include the tax-free part of his lump-sum payment on Worksheet A, line 6. Irs forms publications David's filled-in Worksheet A is shown on the next page. Irs forms publications Worksheet A. Irs forms publications Simplified Method for David Brown See the instructions in Part II of this publication under Simplified Method . Irs forms publications 1. Irs forms publications Enter the total pension or annuity payments received this year. Irs forms publications Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16a; Form 1040A, line 12a; or Form 1040NR, line 17a 1. Irs forms publications $ 12,000 2. Irs forms publications Enter your cost in the plan at the annuity starting date, plus any death benefit exclusion*. Irs forms publications See Your cost in Part II, Rules for Retirees, earlier 2. Irs forms publications 24,800 Note: 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). Irs forms publications Otherwise, go to line 3. Irs forms publications   3. Irs forms publications Enter the appropriate number from Table 1 below. Irs forms publications 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. Irs forms publications 3. Irs forms publications 360 4. Irs forms publications Divide line 2 by the number on line 3 4. Irs forms publications 68. Irs forms publications 89 5. Irs forms publications Multiply line 4 by the number of months for which this year's payments were made. Irs forms publications If your annuity starting date was before 1987, enter this amount on line 8 below and skip lines 6, 7, 10, and 11. Irs forms publications Otherwise, go to line 6 5. Irs forms publications 688. Irs forms publications 90 6. Irs forms publications Enter any amounts previously recovered tax free in years after 1986. Irs forms publications This is the amount shown on line 10 of your worksheet for last year 6. Irs forms publications 0 7. Irs forms publications Subtract line 6 from line 2 7. Irs forms publications 24,800 8. Irs forms publications Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 7 8. Irs forms publications 688. Irs forms publications 90 9. Irs forms publications Taxable amount for year. Irs forms publications Subtract line 8 from line 1. Irs forms publications Enter the result, but not less than zero. Irs forms publications Also, add this amount to the total for Form 1040, line 16b, or Form 1040A, line 12b. Irs forms publications If you are a nonresident alien, also enter this amount on line 1 of Worksheet C. Irs forms publications If your Form CSA 1099R or Form CSF 1099R shows a larger amount, use the amount figured on this line instead. Irs forms publications If you are a retired public safety officer, see Distributions Used To Pay Insurance Premiums for Public Safety Officers in Part II before entering an amount on your tax return or Worksheet C, line 1 9. Irs forms publications $11,311. Irs forms publications 10 10. Irs forms publications Was your annuity starting date before 1987?   Yes. Irs forms publications Do not complete the rest of this worksheet. Irs forms publications    No. Irs forms publications Add lines 6 and 8. Irs forms publications This is the amount you have recovered tax free through 2013. Irs forms publications You will need this number if you need to fill out this worksheet next year 10. Irs forms publications 688. Irs forms publications 90 11. Irs forms publications Balance of cost to be recovered. Irs forms publications Subtract line 10 from line 2. Irs forms publications If zero, you will not have to complete this worksheet next year. Irs forms publications The payments you receive next year will generally be fully taxable 11. Irs forms publications $24,111. Irs forms publications 10 Table 1 for Line 3 Above    IF your age on your annuity starting date was   AND your annuity starting date was—     before November 19, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3 after November 18, 1996,  THEN enter on line 3   55 or under 300 360   56–60 260 310   61–65 240 260   66–70 170 210   71 or over 120 160  Table 2 for Line 3 Above    IF the annuitants' combined ages on your annuity starting date were   THEN enter on line 3         110 or under   410         111–120   360         121–130   310         131–140   260         141 or over   210       * A death benefit exclusion of up to $5,000 applied to certain benefits received by survivors of employees who died before August 21, 1996. Irs forms publications Reemployment after choosing the alternative annuity option. Irs forms publications If you chose this option when you retired and then you were reemployed by the Federal Government before retiring again, your Form CSA 1099R may show only the amount of your contributions to your retirement plan during your reemployment. Irs forms publications If the amount on the form does not include all your contributions, disregard it and use your total contributions to figure the taxable part of your annuity payments. Irs forms publications Annuity starting date before November 19, 1996. Irs forms publications   If your annuity starting date is before November 19, 1996, and you chose the alternative annuity option, the taxable and tax-free parts of your lump-sum payment and your annuity payments are figured using different rules. Irs forms publications Under those rules, you do not reduce your cost in the plan (Worksheet A, line 2) by the tax-free part of the lump-sum payment. Irs forms publications However, you must include that tax-free amount with other amounts previously recovered tax free (Worksheet A, line 6) when limiting your total exclusion to your total cost. Irs forms publications Federal Gift Tax If, through the exercise or nonexercise of an election or option, you provide an annuity for your beneficiary at or after your death, you have made a gift. Irs forms publications The gift may be taxable for gift tax purposes. Irs forms publications The value of the gift is equal to the value of the annuity. Irs forms publications Joint and survivor annuity. Irs forms publications   If the gift is an interest in a joint and survivor annuity where only you and your spouse can receive payments before the death of the last spouse to die, the gift generally will qualify for the unlimited marital deduction. Irs forms publications This will eliminate any gift tax liability with regard to that gift. Irs forms publications   If you provide survivor annuity benefits for someone other than your current spouse, such as your former spouse, the unlimited marital deduction will not apply. Irs forms publications This may result in a taxable gift. Irs forms publications More information. Irs forms publications   For information about the gift tax, see Publication 950, Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes, and Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, and its instructions. Irs forms publications Retirement During the Past Year If you have recently retired, the following discussions covering annual leave, voluntary contributions, and community property may apply to you. Irs forms publications Annual leave. Irs forms publications   A payment for accrued annual leave received on retirement is a salary payment. Irs forms publications It is taxable as wages in the tax year you receive it. Irs forms publications Voluntary contributions. Irs forms publications   Voluntary contributions to the retirement fund are those made in addition to the regular contributions that were deducted from your salary. Irs forms publications They also include the regular contributions withheld from your salary after you have the years of service necessary for the maximum annuity allowed by law. Irs forms publications Voluntary contributions are not the same as employee contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan. Irs forms publications See Thrift Savings Plan , later. Irs forms publications Additional annuity benefit. Irs forms publications   If you choose to receive an additional annuity benefit from your voluntary contributions, it is treated separately from the annuity benefit that comes from the regular contributions deducted from your salary. Irs forms publications This separate treatment applies for figuring the amounts to be excluded from, and included in, gross income. Irs forms publications It does not matter that you receive only one monthly check covering both benefits. Irs forms publications Each year you will receive a Form CSA 1099R that will show how much of your total annuity received in the past year was from each type of benefit. Irs forms publications   Figure the taxable and tax-free parts of your additional monthly benefits from voluntary contributions using the rules that apply to regular CSRS and FERS annuities, as explained earlier. Irs forms publications Refund of voluntary contributions. Irs forms publications   If you choose to receive a refund of your voluntary contributions plus accrued interest, the interest is taxable to you in the tax year it is distributed unless you roll it over to a traditional IRA or another qualified retirement plan. Irs forms publications If you do not have OPM transfer the interest to a traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plan in a direct rollover, tax will be withheld at a 20% rate. Irs forms publications See Rollover Rules , later. Irs forms publications The interest does not qualify as a lump-sum distribution eligible for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option. Irs forms publications It also may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions if you separate from service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55. Irs forms publications For more information, see Lump-Sum Distributions and Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. Irs forms publications Community property laws. Irs forms publications   State community property laws apply to your annuity. Irs forms publications These laws will affect your income tax only if you file a return separately from your spouse. Irs forms publications   Generally, the determination of whether your annuity is separate income (taxable to you) or community income (taxable to both you and your spouse) is based on your marital status and domicile when you were working. Irs forms publications Regardless of whether you are now living in a community property state or a noncommunity property state, your current annuity may be community income if it is based on services you performed while married and domiciled in a community property state. Irs forms publications   At any time, you have only one domicile even though you may have more than one home. Irs forms publications Your domicile is your fixed and permanent legal home that you intend to use for an indefinite or unlimited period, and to which, when absent, you intend to return. Irs forms publications The question of your domicile is mainly a matter of your intentions as indicated by your actions. Irs forms publications   If your annuity is a mixture of community income and separate income, you must divide it between the two kinds of income. Irs forms publications The division is based on your periods of service and domicile in community and noncommunity property states while you were married. Irs forms publications   For more information, see Publication 555, Community Property. Irs forms publications Reemployment After Retirement If you retired from federal service and are later rehired by the Federal Government as an employee, you can continue to receive your annuity during reemployment. Irs forms publications The employing agency usually will pay you the difference between your salary for your period of reemployment and your annuity. Irs forms publications This amount is taxable as wages. Irs forms publications Your annuity will continue to be taxed just as it was before. Irs forms publications If you are still recovering your cost, you continue to do so. Irs forms publications If you have recovered your cost, the annuity you receive while you are reemployed generally is fully taxable. Irs forms publications Nonresident Aliens The following special rules apply to nonresident alien federal employees performing services outside the United States and to nonresident alien retirees and beneficiaries. Irs forms publications A nonresident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or a resident alien of the United States. Irs forms publications Special rule for figuring your total contributions. Irs forms publications   Your contributions to the retirement plan (your cost) also include the government's contributions to the plan to a certain extent. Irs forms publications You include government contributions that would not have been taxable to you at the time they were contributed if they had been paid directly to you. Irs forms publications For example, government contributions would not have been taxable to you if, at the time made, your services were performed outside the United States. Irs forms publications Thus, your cost is increased by these government contributions and the benefits that you, or your beneficiary, must include in income are reduced. Irs forms publications   This method of figuring your total contributions does not apply to any contributions the government made on your behalf after you became a citizen or a resident alien of the United States. Irs forms publications Limit on taxable amount. Irs forms publications   There is a limit on the taxable amount of payments received from the CSRS, the FERS, or the TSP by a nonresident alien retiree or nonresident alien beneficiary. Irs forms publications Figure this limited taxable amount by multiplying the otherwise taxable amount by a fraction. Irs forms publications The numerator of the fraction is the retiree's total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay, other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States. Irs forms publications The denominator is the retiree's total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay for all services. Irs forms publications    Basic pay includes regular pay plus any standby differential. Irs forms publications It does not include bonuses, overtime pay, certain retroactive pay, uniform or other allowances, or lump-sum leave payments. Irs forms publications   To figure the limited taxable amount of your CSRS or FERS annuity or your TSP distributions, use Worksheet C. Irs forms publications (For an annuity, first complete Worksheet A in this publication. Irs forms publications ) Worksheet C. Irs forms publications Limited Taxable Amount for Nonresident Alien 1. Irs forms publications Enter the otherwise taxable amount of the CSRS or FERS annuity (from line 9 of Worksheet A or from Forms CSA 1099R or CSF 1099R) or TSP distributions (from Form 1099R) 1. Irs forms publications   2. Irs forms publications Enter the total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States 2. Irs forms publications   3. Irs forms publications Enter the total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay for all services 3. Irs forms publications   4. Irs forms publications Divide line 2 by line 3 4. Irs forms publications   5. Irs forms publications Limited taxable amount. Irs forms publications Multiply line 1 by line 4. Irs forms publications Enter this amount on Form 1040NR, line 17b 5. Irs forms publications   Example 1. Irs forms publications You are a nonresident alien who performed all services for the U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government abroad as a nonresident alien. Irs forms publications You retired and began to receive a monthly annuity of $200. Irs forms publications Your total basic pay for all services for the U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government was $100,000. Irs forms publications All of your basic pay was tax exempt because it was not U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications source income. Irs forms publications The taxable amount of your annuity using Worksheet A in this publication is $720. Irs forms publications You are a nonresident alien, so you figure the limited taxable amount of your annuity using Worksheet C as follows. Irs forms publications Worksheet C. Irs forms publications Limited Taxable Amount for Nonresident Alien — Example 1 1. Irs forms publications Enter the otherwise taxable amount of the CSRS or FERS annuity (from line 9 of Worksheet A or from Forms CSA 1099R or CSF 1099R) or TSP distributions (from Form 1099R) 1. Irs forms publications $ 720 2. Irs forms publications Enter the total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States 2. Irs forms publications 0 3. Irs forms publications Enter the total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay for all services 3. Irs forms publications 100,000 4. Irs forms publications Divide line 2 by line 3 4. Irs forms publications 0 5. Irs forms publications Limited taxable amount. Irs forms publications Multiply line 1 by line 4. Irs forms publications Enter this amount on Form 1040NR, line 17b 5. Irs forms publications 0 Example 2. Irs forms publications You are a nonresident alien who performed services for the U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government as a nonresident alien both within the United States and abroad. Irs forms publications You retired and began to receive a monthly annuity of $240. Irs forms publications Your total basic pay for your services for the U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government was $120,000; $40,000 was for work done in the United States and $80,000 was for your work done in a foreign country. Irs forms publications The part of your total basic pay for your work done in a foreign country was tax exempt because it was not U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications source income. Irs forms publications The taxable amount of your annuity figured using Worksheet A in this publication is $1,980. Irs forms publications You are a nonresident alien, so you figure the limited taxable amount of your annuity using Worksheet C as follows. Irs forms publications Worksheet C. Irs forms publications Limited Taxable Amount for Nonresident Alien — Example 2 1. Irs forms publications Enter the otherwise taxable amount of the CSRS or FERS annuity (from line 9 of Worksheet A or from Forms CSA 1099R or CSF 1099R) or TSP distributions (from Form 1099R) 1. Irs forms publications $ 1,980 2. Irs forms publications Enter the total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay other than tax-exempt pay for services performed outside the United States 2. Irs forms publications 40,000 3. Irs forms publications Enter the total U. Irs forms publications S. Irs forms publications Government basic pay for all services 3. Irs forms publications 120,000 4. Irs forms publications Divide line 2 by line 3 4. Irs forms publications . Irs forms publications 333 5. Irs forms publications Limited taxable amount. Irs forms publications Multiply line 1 by line 4. Irs forms publications Enter this amount on Form 1040NR, line 17b 5. Irs forms publications 659 Thrift Savings Plan Generally, all of the money in your TSP account is taxed as ordinary income when you receive it. Irs forms publications (However, see Roth TSP balance and Uniformed services TSP accounts, next. Irs forms publications ) This is because neither the contributions to your traditional TSP balance nor its earnings have been included previously in your taxable income. Irs forms publications The way that you withdraw your account balance determines when you must pay the tax. Irs forms publications Roth TSP balance. Irs forms publications   The TSP also offers a Roth TSP option, which allows you to make after-tax contributions into your TSP account. Irs forms publications This means Roth TSP contributions are included in your income. Irs forms publications The contribution limits are the same as the traditional TSP. Irs forms publications You can elect to have part or all of your TSP contributions designated as a Roth TSP. Irs forms publications Agency contributions will be part of your traditional TSP balance. Irs forms publications Also, you cannot roll over any portion of your traditional TSP into your Roth TSP. Irs forms publications   Qualified distributions from your Roth TSP are not included in income. Irs forms publications This applies to both your cost in the account and income earned on that account. Irs forms publications 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. Irs forms publications   For more information, go to the TSP website, www. Irs forms publications tsp. Irs forms publications gov, or the TSP Service Office. Irs forms publications See Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income, for more information about designated Roth accounts. Irs forms publications Uniformed services TSP accounts. Irs forms publications   If you have a uniformed services TSP account that includes contributions from combat zone pay, the distributions attributable to those contributions are tax exempt. Irs forms publications However, any earnings on those contributions to a traditional TSP balance are subject to tax when they are distributed. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance discussed previously to get more information about Roth contributions. Irs forms publications The statement you receive from the TSP will separately state the total amount of your distribution and the amount of your taxable distribution for the year. Irs forms publications You can get more information from the TSP website, www. Irs forms publications tsp. Irs forms publications gov, or the TSP Service Office. Irs forms publications Direct rollover by the TSP. Irs forms publications   If you ask the TSP to transfer any part of the money in your account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, to a traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plan, the tax on that part is deferred until you receive payments from the traditional IRA or other plan. Irs forms publications However, see the following Note for a discussion on direct rollovers by the TSP of Roth contributions and its earnings. Irs forms publications Also, see Rollover Rules , later. Irs forms publications Direct rollover by the TSP to a Roth IRA. Irs forms publications   If you ask the TSP to transfer any part of the money in your account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, to a Roth IRA, the amount transferred will be taxed in the current year. Irs forms publications However, see the following Note for a discussion on direct rollovers by the TSP of Roth contributions and its earnings. Irs forms publications Also, see Rollovers to Roth IRAs for more information, later. Irs forms publications Note. Irs forms publications A direct rollover of your Roth contributions and its earnings (if certain conditions are met, see Roth TSP balance , earlier) in your TSP account to a Roth 401(k), Roth 403(b), Roth 457(b), or Roth IRA are not subject to tax when they are transferred or when you receive payments from those accounts at a later date. Irs forms publications This is because you already paid tax on those contributions. Irs forms publications You cannot rollover Roth contributions and its earnings in your TSP account to a traditional IRA. Irs forms publications TSP annuity. Irs forms publications   If you ask the TSP to buy an annuity with the money in your account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, the annuity payments are taxed when you receive them. Irs forms publications The payments are not subject to the additional 10% tax on early distributions, even if you are under age 55 when they begin. Irs forms publications However, there is no tax on the annuity payments if the annuity is purchased using the money in your account from Roth contributions and its earnings if certain conditions are met. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance , earlier. Irs forms publications This is because you already paid tax on those contributions. Irs forms publications Cash withdrawals. Irs forms publications   If you withdraw any of the money in your TSP account, from traditional contributions and its earnings, it is generally taxed as ordinary income when you receive it unless you roll it over into a traditional IRA or other qualified plan. Irs forms publications (See Rollover Rules , later. Irs forms publications ) If you receive your entire TSP account balance in a single tax year, you may be able to use the 10-year tax option to figure your tax. Irs forms publications See Lump-Sum Distributions in Publication 575 for details. Irs forms publications However, there is no tax if you withdraw money in your TSP account from Roth contributions and its earnings if certain conditions are met. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance , earlier. Irs forms publications    To qualify for the 10-year tax option, the plan participant must have been born before January 2, 1936. Irs forms publications   If you receive a single payment or you choose to receive your account balance in monthly payments over a period of less than 10 years, the TSP generally must withhold 20% for federal income tax. Irs forms publications If you choose to receive your account balance in monthly payments over a period of 10 or more years or a period based on your life expectancy, the payments are subject to withholding as if you are married with three withholding allowances, unless you submit a withholding certificate. Irs forms publications See also Withholding from Thrift Savings Plan payments earlier under Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax in Part I. Irs forms publications However, there is no withholding requirement for amounts withdrawn from your TSP account that is from Roth contributions and its earnings, if certain conditions are met. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance , earlier, for a discussion of those conditions. Irs forms publications Tax on early distributions. Irs forms publications   Any money paid to you from your TSP account before you reach age 59½ may be subject to an additional 10% tax on early distributions. Irs forms publications However, this additional tax does not apply in certain situations, including any of the following. Irs forms publications You receive the distribution and separate from government service during or after the calendar year in which you reach age 55. Irs forms publications You choose to receive your account balance in monthly payments based on your life expectancy. Irs forms publications You are totally and permanently disabled. Irs forms publications You receive amounts from your Roth contributions since that represents a return of your cost (after-tax money). Irs forms publications The earnings may be subject to the 10% tax depending on whether you met certain conditions. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance , earlier. Irs forms publications   For more information, see Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. Irs forms publications Outstanding loan. Irs forms publications   If the TSP declares a distribution from your account because money you borrowed has not been repaid when you separate from government service, your account is reduced and the amount of the distribution (your unpaid loan balance and any unpaid interest), from traditional contributions and its earnings, is taxed in the year declared. Irs forms publications The distribution also may be subject to the additional 10% tax on early distributions. Irs forms publications However, the tax will be deferred if you make a rollover contribution to a traditional IRA or other qualified plan equal to the declared distribution amount. Irs forms publications See Rollover Rules , later. Irs forms publications   If you withdraw any money from your TSP account in that same year, the TSP must withhold income tax of 20% of the total of the declared distribution and the amount withdrawn. Irs forms publications However, no withholding is required for portions of the distribution that is from Roth contributions and its earnings, if certain conditions are met. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance , earlier. Irs forms publications More information. Irs forms publications   For more information about the TSP, see Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan, distributed to all federal employees. Irs forms publications Also, see Important Tax Information About Payments From Your TSP Account and Special Tax Withholding Rules for Thrift Savings Plan Payments to Nonresident Aliens, which are available from your agency personnel office or from the TSP by calling 1-TSP-YOU-FIRST (1-877-968-3778) and for participants who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, call 1-TSP-THRIFT5 (1-877-847-4385). Irs forms publications    The above documents are also available on the TSP website at www. Irs forms publications tsp. Irs forms publications gov. Irs forms publications Select “Forms & Publications. Irs forms publications ” Rollover Rules Generally, a rollover is a tax-free withdrawal of cash or other assets from one qualified retirement plan or traditional IRA and its reinvestment in another qualified retirement plan or traditional IRA. Irs forms publications You do not include the amount rolled over in your income, and you cannot take a deduction for it. Irs forms publications The amount rolled over is taxed later as the new program pays that amount to you. Irs forms publications If you roll over amounts into a traditional IRA, later distributions of these amounts from the traditional IRA do not qualify for the capital gain or the 10-year tax option. Irs forms publications However, capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option will be restored if the traditional IRA contains only amounts rolled over from a qualified plan and these amounts are rolled over from the traditional IRA into a qualified retirement plan. Irs forms publications To qualify for the capital gain treatment or 10-year tax option, the plan participant must have been born before January 2, 1936. Irs forms publications You can also roll over a distribution from a qualified retirement plan into a Roth IRA. Irs forms publications Although the transfer of a distribution into a Roth IRA is considered a rollover for Roth IRA purposes, it is not a tax-free transfer unless you are rolling over amounts from Roth contributions and its earnings. Irs forms publications See Rollovers to Roth IRAs , later, for more information. Irs forms publications Qualified retirement plan. Irs forms publications   For this purpose, a qualified retirement plan generally is: A qualified employee plan, A qualified employee annuity, A tax-sheltered annuity plan (403(b) plan), or An eligible state or local government section 457 deferred compensation plan. Irs forms publications The CSRS, FERS, and TSP are considered qualified retirement plans. Irs forms publications Distributions eligible for rollover treatment. Irs forms publications   If you receive a refund of your CSRS or FERS contributions when you leave government service, you can roll over any interest you receive on the contributions. Irs forms publications You cannot roll over any part of your CSRS or FERS annuity payments. Irs forms publications   You can roll over a distribution of any part of your TSP account balance except: A distribution of your account balance that you choose to receive in monthly payments over: Your life expectancy, The joint life expectancies of you and your beneficiary, or A period of 10 years or more, A required minimum distribution generally beginning at age 70½, A declared distribution because of an unrepaid loan, if you have not separated from government service (see Outstanding loan under Thrift Savings Plan, earlier), or A hardship distribution. Irs forms publications   In addition, a distribution to your beneficiary generally is not treated as an eligible rollover distribution. Irs forms publications However, see Qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) and Rollovers by surviving spouse , and Rollovers by nonspouse beneficiary , later. Irs forms publications Direct rollover option. Irs forms publications   You can choose to have the OPM or TSP transfer any part of an eligible rollover distribution directly to another qualified retirement plan that accepts rollover distributions or to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. Irs forms publications   There is an automatic rollover requirement for mandatory distributions. Irs forms publications A mandatory distribution is a distribution made without your consent and before you reach age 62 or normal retirement age, whichever is later. Irs forms publications The automatic rollover requirement applies if the distribution is more than $1,000 and is an eligible rollover distribution. Irs forms publications You can choose to have the distribution paid directly to you or rolled over directly to your traditional or Roth IRA or another qualified retirement plan. Irs forms publications If you do not make this choice, OPM will automatically roll over the distribution into an IRA of a designated trustee or issuer. Irs forms publications No tax withheld. Irs forms publications   If you choose the direct rollover option or have an automatic rollover, no tax will be withheld from any part of the distribution that is directly paid to the trustee of the other plan. Irs forms publications However, if the rollover is to a Roth IRA, you may want to choose to have tax withheld since any amount rolled over is generally included in income. Irs forms publications Any part of the eligible rollover distribution paid to you is subject to withholding at a 20% rate. Irs forms publications Direct roll over amounts from Roth contributions and its earnings do not have tax withheld because you already paid tax on those amounts. Irs forms publications Payment to you option. Irs forms publications   If an eligible rollover distribution is paid to you, the OPM or TSP must withhold 20% for income tax even if you plan to roll over the distribution to another qualified retirement plan, traditional or Roth IRA. Irs forms publications However, the full amount is treated as distributed to you even though you actually receive only 80%. Irs forms publications You generally must include in income any part (including the part withheld) that you do not roll over within 60 days to another qualified retirement plan or to a traditional IRA. Irs forms publications Rollovers to Roth IRAs are generally included in income. Irs forms publications Eligible rollover distributions that are from Roth contributions do not have tax withheld because you already paid tax on those amounts. Irs forms publications If you leave government service before the calendar year in which you reach age 55 and are under age 59½ when a distribution is paid to you, you may have to pay an additional 10% tax on any part, including any tax withheld, that you do not roll over. Irs forms publications However, distributions from Roth contributions will not be subject to the 10% additional tax because it is a return of your cost (after-tax money). Irs forms publications Earnings from those contributions may be subject to the 10% additional tax if certain conditions are not met. Irs forms publications See Roth TSP balance , earlier. Irs forms publications Also, see Tax on Early Distributions in Publication 575. Irs forms publications Exception to withholding. Irs forms publications   Withholding from an eligible rollover distribution paid to you is not required if the distributions for your tax year total less than $200. Irs forms publications Partial rollovers. Irs forms publications   A lump-sum distribution may qualify for capital gain treatment or the 10-year tax option if the plan participant was born before January 2, 1936. Irs forms publications See Lump-Sum Distributions in Publication 575. Irs forms publications However, if you roll over any part of the distribution, the part you keep does not qualify for this special tax treatment. Irs forms publications Rolling over more than amount received. Irs forms publications   If you want to roll over more of an eligible rollover distribution than the amount you received after income tax was withheld, you will have to add funds from some other source (such as your savings or borrowed amounts). Irs forms publications Example. Irs forms publications You left government service at age 53. Irs forms publications On February 1, 2013, you receive an eligible rollover distribution of $10,000 from you
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Indications your identity may have been stolen and how to report it to us

Your identity may have been stolen if you receive a letter from the IRS stating or learn from a tax professional that ...

  1. ... you filed more than one tax return or someone has already filed using your information.

  2. ... you have a balance due, refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file.

    and / or

  3. ... you received wages from an employer you have not worked for.

If you receive such a letter from the IRS and you suspect your identity has been stolen, respond immediately to the name, address, phone number or fax listed on the IRS letter or contact the IRS to determine if the letter is a legitimate IRS letter.

If you become the victim of identity theft outside of the tax system or believe you may be at risk due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report, etc., you are encouraged to contact the IRS at the Identity Protection Specialized Unit, toll-free at 1-800-908-4490 so we can take steps to further secure your account.

The IPSU hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).

You will need to fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039. Please be sure to write legibly and follow the instructions on the back of the form.


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Irs forms publications 11. Irs forms publications   Employer-Provided Educational Assistance Table of Contents Introduction Working condition fringe benefit. Irs forms publications Introduction If you receive educational assistance benefits from your employer under an educational assistance program, you can exclude up to $5,250 of those benefits each year. Irs forms publications This means your employer should not include those benefits with your wages, tips, and other compensation shown in box 1 of your Form W-2. Irs forms publications This also means that you do not have to include the benefits on your income tax return. Irs forms publications You cannot use any of the tax-free education expenses paid for by your employer as the basis for any other deduction or credit, including the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit. Irs forms publications Educational assistance program. Irs forms publications   To qualify as an educational assistance program, the plan must be written and must meet certain other requirements. Irs forms publications Your employer can tell you whether there is a qualified program where you work. Irs forms publications Educational assistance benefits. Irs forms publications   Tax-free educational assistance benefits include payments for tuition, fees and similar expenses, books, supplies, and equipment. Irs forms publications Education generally includes any form of instruction or training that improves or develops your capabilities. Irs forms publications The payments do not have to be for work-related courses or courses that are part of a degree program. Irs forms publications   Educational assistance benefits do not include payments for the following items. Irs forms publications Meals, lodging, or transportation. Irs forms publications Tools or supplies (other than textbooks) that you can keep after completing the course of instruction. Irs forms publications Courses involving sports, games, or hobbies unless they: Have a reasonable relationship to the business of your employer, or Are required as part of a degree program. Irs forms publications Benefits over $5,250. Irs forms publications   If your employer pays more than $5,250 in educational assistance benefits for you during the year, you must generally pay tax on the amount over $5,250. Irs forms publications Your employer should include in your wages (Form W-2, box 1) the amount that you must include in income. Irs forms publications Working condition fringe benefit. Irs forms publications    However, if the benefits over $5,250 also qualify as a working condition fringe benefit, your employer does not have to include them in your wages. Irs forms publications A working condition fringe benefit is a benefit which, had you paid for it, you could deduct as an employee business expense. Irs forms publications For more information on working condition fringe benefits, see Working Condition Benefits in chapter 2 of Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits. Irs forms publications Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications