Did you do any of the following with your Solo 401k in the last tax year:

  • In-plan Roth conversion

  • Rollover from the Solo 401k to an IRA annuity

  • Required Minimum Distribution

  • Early withdrawal from the 401k

  • Regular distribution from the 401k

  • Rollover from the 401k to an IRA or other retirement plan

If you did any of the above during the last tax year, you may be required to file a 1099-R with the IRS.

What is Form 1099-R?

IRS form 1099-R is used to document anytime money leaves a retirement plan. Chances are, when you did the rollover from your old retirement plan to fund your Solo 401k, the releasing custodian created a 1099-R. In essence, the 1099-R creates a paper trail for the IRS to keep track of where retirement funds move from and to.

You’ll complete form 1099-R anytime you move money out of your Solo 401k. This might mean moving money to another retirement plan, such as an IRA, taking a required minimum distribution, a regular taxable withdrawal from the Solo 401k, or even completing an in-plan Roth conversion.

Who Submits the Form?

As your own Solo 401k plan administrator, you need to furnish a copy of the form to yourself by January 31st. The IRS should receive a physical copy by February 28th or an e-file of the form by April 1st.

You cannot simply print and mail a copy of form 1099-R to the IRS. You must order the official IRS forms online through their website and the IRS will require originals. You’ll submit form 1099-R in triplicate, with one copy going to the IRS, one going to the payer (your 401k trust) and one copy going to the recipient (you). You may not print and mail the .pdf file to the IRS.

Get Help Filing

Using a CPA or online filing service may be easier to ensure the form is filed and sent to the IRS on time.

The following services offer online filing of form 1099-R. Prices range from $2.90 to $4.50 per form:

Additionally, when filing form 1099-R, you may also be required to file IRS form 1096. This form summarizes the information you are sending to the IRS.

Leave it to the IRS to have you submit a form about why you’re submitting a form.

When to File

IRS form 1099-R must be filed by January 31st. As the recipient, you’ll receive a copy of the form by this date. The IRS will expects their copy to be filed by February 28th, or e-filed by April 1st.

Where to File

There are different locations to file your 1099-R, depending on where your business and trust are located.

If your business and 401k trust are located in:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, Virginia…

You’ll file your form at:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue ServiceCenter
Austin, TX 73301

If your business and 401k trust are located in:

Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming…

You’ll file your form at:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
PO Box 219256
Kansas City, MO 64121–9256

If your business and 401k trust are located in:

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia…

You’ll file your form at:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Ogden, UT 84201


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