The IRS Requires 401k Plan Sponsors to File Form 1099-R and Form 1096 if any Taxable 401k Distributions

BY JANUARY 31st OF THE NEW YEAR, the IRS requires a completed Form 1099-R be provided to each person who has taken a taxable distribution from the 401k in the previous year. In addition, an IRS Form 1096 must be completed and filed with the IRS no later than February 28.

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Do-It-Yourself Form 1096 Instructions

Do-It-Yourself Form 1099-R Instructions

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