Tax season is ramping up, so it’s a good time to talk about the tax information related to your NYSLRS pension benefit.
NYSLRS retirees and beneficiaries who receive a taxable benefit from NYSLRS are sent a 1099-R form each year. Certain NYSLRS members may also receive a 1099-R tax form if, for example, you borrow a taxable NYSLRS loan, default on a NYSLRS loan, or if you end your membership and withdraw your contributions. The 1099-R is a statement that shows:
- The total benefit paid to you in a calendar year.
- The taxable amount of your benefit.
- The amount of taxes withheld from your benefit.
We mail out all 1099-R forms — more than 500,000 — by January 31, so if you haven’t already received your form, be sure to check your mail over the next few days.
If you lose your 1099-R, you can request a reprint from us starting the second week of February. Once reprints are available, we’ll process requests each night and mail them out the next day. This year, reprints will be available for calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015.
1099-R Interactive Tutorial
We feature an interactive tutorial about the 1099-R form on our website. It walks you through a sample 1099-R, and offers a short explanation of specific boxes on the form.
Changing Your Federal Tax Withholdings
Your NYSLRS pension benefit is subject to federal taxes. You can change your federal tax withholding status at any time by sending us a W-4P form. (A handy tutorial about the W-4P form that walks you through the steps on filling it out is available on our website.)
We also offer a federal tax withholding calculator on our website to help you estimate how much should be withheld.
If you have other tax-related questions about your benefit, please visit our Tax FAQs.