Our 1099R Tax Forms typically aren’t available until the end of January by regular mail. Registered users of OPM’s Retirement Services Website  can download their 1099R NOW! I visited the site on January 19, 2021 and downloaded my copy early to use for my 2020 tax return.
You must be registered to use their site. If you aren’t registered read the article titled “Connect to OPM’s Online Services”  to understand the registration process and sign up. It doesn’t take long, however, you may have to wait for your password to be sent via regular US mail and that can take several weeks.
Many banks and brokerage house’s 1099 reports are also available online for download early. Treasury Direct doesn’t send out print copies. You must download your Treasury’s OID and 1099 INT statements from your online account. If you have complex investments, your brokerage statements could be delayed until mid-March or later. Even with all of the disruption to services this year from COVID 19, OPM was able to get our tax forms out early.
I’ve personally used TurboTax software for decades with success. It’s intuitive and walks you through the entire process, double checks your work, and they allow you to file online. This software can also download and integrate your brokerage accounts into your tax return, saving you considerable time.
There are also a number of free online filing services available through the IRS and several of the tax preparation services. The IRS allows you to file online at no cost  if your annual income is less than $72,000. You will have to file y our State tax form separately. This free service has the following notice posted on their site for those who didn’t get the full Economic Impact Payment last year:
“If you didn’t get the full Economic Impact Payment, you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit using Free File. If you didn’t get any payments or got less than the full amounts, you may qualify for the credit, even if you don’t normally file taxes. See Recovery Rebate Credit  for more information.”
Turbo Tax offers free online tax preparation  and submission of both your Federal and State returns for simple returns. A simple tax return is Form 1040 only OR Form 1040 + Unemployment Income.
Take advantage of OPM’s early 1099R online availability if you wish to file your taxes early or simply need to replace a lost 1099R.
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