General Information

Form 1099-R

Reading Your Form 1099-R 

Which payments are included on my Form 1099-R?

Your Form 1099-R includes payments issued from January 1 through December 31.

The payment issued January 1 for the month of December of the prior year will be included on the Form 1099-R for the year the payment was issued.

Why is my Form 1099-R smaller and missing Copy 2?

In pursuit and support of CalSTRS’ green initiative, as of the 2014 tax year, your Form 1099-R is printed on a smaller paper template. The IRS does not require us to include Copy 2; therefore, that copy was eliminated from the Form 1099-R. 

What are Nontaxable Contributions (box 5)?

The Pension and Annuity Income IRS publication provides detailed information on nontaxable contributions.

Why did the value in box 7 change from prior years?

Generally, the box 7 value is defaulted to “7” for most benefit types. However, depending on the member’s individual circumstances, the distributions may have been coded differently. Refer to the following distribution codes for more detail:

1 – Early distribution, no known exception
2 – Early distribution, exception applies
3 – Disability
4 – Payment to beneficiary or beneficiaries based upon death of an active or retired CalSTRS member
7 – Normal distribution
G – Direct rollover

Note: Members with a “2” in box 7 may be subject to a penalty if audited by the IRS. If this applies to you, contact CalSTRS to request a letter to explain the situation.

What is the Percentage of Total Distribution (box 9a)?

  • If a total distribution was made to more than one person, the percentage you received is shown.

What are the Total Employee Contributions (box 9b)?

Amount of previously taxed contributions remaining after the Simplified Method exclusion.

Other Questions

Why do I have more than one Form 1099-R?

CalSTRS issues a separate form for each type of benefit disbursed. Service Retirement and Disability Allowance (Coverage A) are examples of benefit types. View an example of the form.

Is my income tax return affected if I was overpaid a benefit and have a repayment plan?

  • Repayments received in 2015 for overpayment in 2015 have been factored into the calculation of your box 1 amount.
  • Repayments received in 2015 for overpayments prior to 2015 are not reflected in box 1.
  • IRS prohibits CalSTRS from changing any amounts from prior tax years.
  • See the Gross Distribution (box 1) on the sample form.
  • CalSTRS sends an acknowledgment letter for the total amount of repayments received in 2015 for prior year overpayment(s).
    • You may be entitled to recover taxes you paid.
    • Consult a tax professional to use the letter when filing your tax return.
    • Read the Taxable and Nontaxable Income publication from the IRS for more details.

Why are insurance and court-ordered deductions not included on Form 1099-R?

These deductions are not required by the IRS. Check your payment stubs for deduction details.

When to Contact CalSTRS

What do I do if I have not received my Form 1099-R in the mail or need a duplicate copy?

You may view and print your Form 1099-Rs for years 2002 through 2015 on myCalSTRS. Your 2015 Form 1099-R will be available online by January 30, 2016.

In addition, you may contact CalSTRS by email, phone or letter to request duplicate Form 1099-Rs. All requests must include your:

  • Name
  • Client ID or last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Requested tax year
  • Benefit type (for example, Service Retirement)
  • Mailing address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Signature

Mail written requests to:

P.O. Box 15275, MS 8
Sacramento, CA 95851-0275

Please allow 10 to 15 working days to process your request.

What if my address is incorrect?

To ensure that you receive your Form 1099-R in a timely manner, please go to myCalSTRS and verify your address.

If your address on file is incorrect, you may update it by: