Today TaxMama® hears from Laura in the TaxQuips Forum, with a tough question. “In 2011 my Elderly client (78) pulled all the money out of a retirement account which his wife had set up for him some years back. My client learned about the account upon her passing and withdrew all the funds not knowing there would be tax implications.
The 1099R has the box checked (TAXABLE AMOUNT NOT DETERMINED with a DISTRIBUTION CODE 7). I am trying to figure out the client’s basis. The contact at the bank has no idea what I am talking about. What should I do? Is there anything I can do to reduce my client’s taxable income?”
What is the source of this 1099R? Is it company retirement account, an IRA or an annuity?
With an annuity, the company should know the original cost paid for the annuity.
That would be the basis.
With a company retirement account, his former employer might know if there was any after-tax money contributed.
The IRA, on the other hand? First see if their tax return contains a Form 8606 – NonDeductible IRAs. That form is designed to track the basis. Not everyone includes it in the return – especially for older IRAs.
You would need to dig out prior year tax returns as far back as you can go to determine if there were any non-deductible contributions. On the other hand, you can ask him if he was aware of any. Most likely there were no such contributions made, so the whole thing is taxable.
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