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Free federal tax return Publication 939 - Main Content Table of Contents General Information Taxation of Periodic PaymentsInvestment in the Contract Expected Return Computation Under the General Rule How To Use Actuarial TablesUnisex Annuity Tables Special Elections Worksheets for Determining Taxable Annuity Actuarial Tables Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics General Information Some of the terms used in this publication are defined in the following paragraphs. Free federal tax return A pension is generally a series of payments made to you after you retire from work. Free federal tax return Pension payments are made regularly and are for past services with an employer. Free federal tax return An annuity is a series of payments under a contract. Free federal tax return You can buy the contract alone or you can buy it with the help of your employer. Free federal tax return Annuity payments are made regularly for more than one full year. Free federal tax return Note. Free federal tax return Distributions from pensions and annuities follow the same rules as outlined in this publication unless otherwise noted. Free federal tax return Types of pensions and annuities. Free federal tax return   Particular types of pensions and annuities include: Fixed period annuities. Free federal tax return You receive definite amounts at regular intervals for a definite length of time. Free federal tax return Annuities for a single life. Free federal tax return You receive definite amounts at regular intervals for life. Free federal tax return The payments end at death. Free federal tax return Joint and survivor annuities. Free federal tax return The first annuitant receives a definite amount at regular intervals for life. Free federal tax return After he or she dies, a second annuitant receives a definite amount at regular intervals for life. Free federal tax return The amount paid to the second annuitant may or may not differ from the amount paid to the first annuitant. Free federal tax return Variable annuities. Free federal tax return You receive payments that may vary in amount for a definite length of time or for life. Free federal tax return The amounts you receive may depend upon such variables as profits earned by the pension or annuity funds or cost-of-living indexes. Free federal tax return Disability pensions. Free federal tax return You are under minimum retirement age and receive payments because you retired on disability. Free federal tax return If, at the time of your retirement, you were permanently and totally disabled, you may be eligible for the credit for the elderly or the disabled discussed in Publication 524. Free federal tax return If your annuity starting date is after November 18, 1996, the General Rule cannot be used for the following qualified plans. Free federal tax return A qualified employee plan is an employer's stock bonus, pension, or profit-sharing plan that is for the exclusive benefit of employees or their beneficiaries. Free federal tax return This plan must meet Internal Revenue Code requirements. Free federal tax return It qualifies for special tax benefits, including tax deferral for employer contributions and rollover distributions. Free federal tax return However, you must use the General Rule if you were 75 or over and the annuity payments are guaranteed for more than 5 years. Free federal tax return A qualified employee annuity is a retirement annuity purchased by an employer for an employee under a plan that meets Internal Revenue Code requirements. Free federal tax return A tax-sheltered annuity is a special annuity plan or contract purchased for an employee of a public school or tax-exempt organization. Free federal tax return   The General Rule is used to figure the tax treatment of various types of pensions and annuities, including nonqualified employee plans. Free federal tax return A nonqualified employee plan is an employer's plan that does not meet Internal Revenue Code requirements. Free federal tax return It does not qualify for most of the tax benefits of a qualified plan. Free federal tax return Annuity worksheets. Free federal tax return   The worksheets found near the end of the text of this publication may be useful to you in figuring the taxable part of your annuity. Free federal tax return Request for a ruling. Free federal tax return   If you are unable to determine the income tax treatment of your pension or annuity, you may ask the Internal Revenue Service to figure the taxable part of your annuity payments. Free federal tax return This is treated as a request for a ruling. Free federal tax return See Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. Free federal tax return Withholding tax and estimated tax. Free federal tax return   Your pension or annuity is subject to federal income tax withholding unless you choose not to have tax withheld. Free federal tax return If you choose not to have tax withheld from your pension or annuity, or if you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to make estimated tax payments. Free federal tax return Taxation of Periodic Payments This section explains how the periodic payments you receive under a pension or annuity plan are taxed under the General Rule. Free federal tax return Periodic payments are amounts paid at regular intervals (such as weekly, monthly, or yearly) for a period of time greater than one year (such as for 15 years or for life). Free federal tax return These payments are also known as amounts received as an annuity. Free federal tax return If you receive an amount from your plan that is a nonperiodic payment (amount not received as an annuity), see Taxation of Nonperiodic Payments in Publication 575. Free federal tax return In general, you can recover your net cost of the pension or annuity tax free over the period you are to receive the payments. Free federal tax return The amount of each payment that is more than the part that represents your net cost is taxable. Free federal tax return Under the General Rule, the part of each annuity payment that represents your net cost is in the same proportion that your investment in the contract is to your expected return. Free federal tax return These terms are explained in the following discussions. Free federal tax return Investment in the Contract In figuring how much of your pension or annuity is taxable under the General Rule, you must figure your investment in the contract. Free federal tax return First, find your net cost of the contract as of the annuity starting date (defined later). Free federal tax return To find this amount, you must first figure the total premiums, contributions, or other amounts paid. Free federal tax return This includes the amounts your employer contributed if you were required to include these amounts in income. Free federal tax return It also includes amounts you actually contributed (except amounts for health and accident benefits and deductible voluntary employee contributions). Free federal tax return From this total cost you subtract: Any refunded premiums, rebates, dividends, or unrepaid loans (any of which were not included in your income) that you received by the later of the annuity starting date or the date on which you received your first payment. Free federal tax return Any additional premiums paid for double indemnity or disability benefits. Free federal tax return Any other tax-free amounts you received under the contract or plan before the later of the dates in (1). Free federal tax return The annuity starting date   is the later of the first day of the first period for which you receive payment under the contract or the date on which the obligation under the contract becomes fixed. Free federal tax return Example. Free federal tax return On January 1 you completed all your payments required under an annuity contract providing for monthly payments starting on August 1, for the period beginning July 1. Free federal tax return The annuity starting date is July 1. Free federal tax return This is the date you use in figuring your investment in the contract and your expected return (discussed later). Free federal tax return Adjustments If any of the following items apply, adjust (add or subtract) your total cost to find your net cost. Free federal tax return Foreign employment. 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Free federal tax return   In determining your cost, special rules apply if you are a U. Free federal tax return S. Free federal tax return citizen or resident alien who received distributions from a plan to which contributions were made while you were a nonresident alien. Free federal tax return Your contributions and your employer's contributions are not included in your cost if the contributions: Were made based on compensation which was for services performed outside the United States which you were a nonresident alien, and Were not subject to income tax under the laws of the United States or any foreign country, but only if the contribution would have been subject to income tax if they had been paid as cash compensation when the services were performed. Free federal tax return Death benefit exclusion. Free federal tax return   If you are the beneficiary of a deceased employee (or former employee), who died before August 21, 1996, you may qualify for a death benefit exclusion of up to $5,000. Free federal tax return The beneficiary of a deceased employee who died after August 20, 1996, will not qualify for the death benefit exclusion. Free federal tax return How to adjust your total cost. Free federal tax return   If you are eligible, treat the amount of any allowable death benefit exclusion as additional cost paid by the employee. Free federal tax return Add it to the cost or unrecovered cost of the annuity at the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return See Example 3 under Computation Under General Rule for an illustration of the adjustment to the cost of the contract. Free federal tax return Net cost. Free federal tax return   Your total cost plus certain adjustments and minus other amounts already recovered before the annuity starting date is your net cost. Free federal tax return This is the unrecovered investment in the contract as of the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return If your annuity starting date is after 1986, this is the maximum amount that you may recover tax free under the contract. Free federal tax return Refund feature. Free federal tax return   Adjustment for the value of the refund feature is only applicable when you report your pension or annuity under the General Rule. Free federal tax return Your annuity contract has a refund feature if: The expected return ( discussed later) of an annuity depends entirely or partly on the life of one or more individuals, The contract provides that payments will be made to a beneficiary or the estate of an annuitant on or after the death of the annuitant if a stated amount or a stated number of payments has not been paid to the annuitant or annuitants before death, and The payments are a refund of the amount you paid for the annuity contract. 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Free federal tax return   For a single-life annuity without survivor benefit, the value of the refund feature is zero if: The payments are guaranteed for less than 2½ years, and The annuitant is: Age 57 or younger (if using the new (unisex) annuity tables), Age 42 or younger (if male and using the old annuity tables), or Age 47 or younger (if female and using the old annuity tables). Free federal tax return   If you do not meet these requirements, you will have to figure the value of the refund feature, as explained in the following discussion. Free federal tax return Examples. Free federal tax return The first example shows how to figure the value of the refund feature when there is only one beneficiary. Free federal tax return Example 2 shows how to figure the value of the refund feature when the contract provides, in addition to a whole life annuity, one or more temporary life annuities for the lives of children. 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Free federal tax return Barbara's investment in the contract is figured as follows: Net cost $21,053 Amount to be received annually $1,200   Number of years for which payment is guaranteed ($21,053 divided by $1,200) 17. Free federal tax return 54   Rounded to nearest whole number of years 18   Percentage from Actuarial Table VII for age 65 with 18 years of guaranteed payments 15%   Value of the refund feature (rounded to the nearest dollar)—15% of $21,053 3,158 Investment in the contract, adjusted for value of refund feature $17,895       If the total guaranteed return were less than the $21,053 net cost of the contract, Barbara would apply the appropriate percentage from the tables to the lesser amount. Free federal tax return For example, if the contract guaranteed the $100 monthly payments for 17 years to Barbara's estate or beneficiary if she were to die before receiving all the payments for that period, the total guaranteed return would be $20,400 ($100 × 12 × 17 years). Free federal tax return In this case, the value of the refund feature would be $2,856 (14% of $20,400) and Barbara's investment in the contract would be $18,197 ($21,053 minus $2,856) instead of $17,895. Free federal tax return Example 2. Free federal tax return John died while still employed. Free federal tax return His widow, Eleanor, age 48, receives $171 a month for the rest of her life. Free federal tax return John's son, Elmer, age 9, receives $50 a month until he reaches age 18. Free federal tax return John's contributions to the retirement fund totaled $7,559. Free federal tax return 45, with interest on those contributions of $1,602. Free federal tax return 53. Free federal tax return The guarantee or total refund feature of the contract is $9,161. Free federal tax return 98 ($7,559. Free federal tax return 45 plus $1,602. Free federal tax return 53). Free federal tax return The adjustment in the investment in the contract is figured as follows: A) Expected return:*       1) Widow's expected return:         Annual annuity ($171 × 12) $2,052       Multiplied by factor from Table V         (nearest age 48) 34. Free federal tax return 9 $71,614. Free federal tax return 80   2) Child's expected return:         Annual annuity ($50 × 12) $600       Multiplied by factor from         Table VIII (nearest age 9         for term of 9 years) 9. Free federal tax return 0 5,400. Free federal tax return 00   3) Total expected return   $77,014. Free federal tax return 80 B) Adjustment for refund feature:       1) Contributions (net cost) $7,559. Free federal tax return 45   2) Guaranteed amount (contributions of $7,559. Free federal tax return 45 plus interest of $1,602. Free federal tax return 53) $9,161. Free federal tax return 98   3) Minus: Expected return under child's (temporary life) annuity (A(2)) 5,400. Free federal tax return 00   4) Net guaranteed amount $3,761. Free federal tax return 98   5) Multiple from Table VII (nearest age 48 for 2 years duration (recovery of $3,761. Free federal tax return 98 at $171 a month to nearest whole year)) 0%   6) Adjustment required for value of refund feature rounded to the nearest whole dollar  (0% × $3,761. Free federal tax return 98, the smaller of B(3) or B(6)) 0 *Expected return is the total amount you and other eligible annuitants can expect to receive under the contract. Free federal tax return See the discussion of expected return, later in this publication. Free federal tax return Free IRS help. Free federal tax return   If you need to request assistance to figure the value of the refund feature, see Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. Free federal tax return Expected Return Your expected return is the total amount you and other eligible annuitants can expect to receive under the contract. Free federal tax return The following discussions explain how to figure the expected return with each type of annuity. Free federal tax return A person's age, for purposes of figuring the expected return, is the age at the birthday nearest to the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return Fixed period annuity. Free federal tax return   If you will get annuity payments for a fixed number of years, without regard to your life expectancy, you must figure your expected return based on that fixed number of years. Free federal tax return It is the total amount you will get beginning at the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return You will receive specific periodic payments for a definite period of time, such as a fixed number of months (but not less than 13). Free federal tax return To figure your expected return, multiply the fixed number of months for which payments are to be made by the amount of the payment specified for each period. Free federal tax return Single life annuity. Free federal tax return   If you are to get annuity payments for the rest of your life, find your expected return as follows. Free federal tax return You must multiply the amount of the annual payment by a multiple based on your life expectancy as of the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return These multiples are set out in actuarial Tables I and V near the end of this publication (see How To Use Actuarial Tables , later). Free federal tax return   You may need to adjust these multiples if the payments are made quarterly, semiannually, or annually. Free federal tax return See Adjustments to Tables I, II, V, VI, and VIA following Table I. Free federal tax return Example. Free federal tax return Henry bought an annuity contract that will give him an annuity of $500 a month for his life. Free federal tax return If at the annuity starting date Henry's nearest birthday is 66, the expected return is figured as follows: Annual payment ($500 × 12 months) $6,000 Multiple shown in Table V, age 66 × 19. Free federal tax return 2 Expected return $115,200 If the payments were to be made to Henry quarterly and the first payment was made one full month after the annuity starting date, Henry would adjust the 19. Free federal tax return 2 multiple by +. Free federal tax return 1. Free federal tax return His expected return would then be $115,800 ($6,000 × 19. Free federal tax return 3). Free federal tax return Annuity for shorter of life or specified period. Free federal tax return   With this type of annuity, you are to get annuity payments either for the rest of your life or until the end of a specified period, whichever period is shorter. Free federal tax return To figure your expected return, multiply the amount of your annual payment by a multiple in Table IV or VIII for temporary life annuities. Free federal tax return Find the proper multiple based on your sex (if using Table IV), your age at the annuity starting date, and the nearest whole number of years in the specified period. Free federal tax return Example. Free federal tax return Harriet purchased an annuity this year that will pay her $200 each month for five years or until she dies, whichever period is shorter. Free federal tax return She was age 65 at her birthday nearest the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return She figures the expected return as follows: Annual payment ($200 × 12 months) $2,400 Multiple shown in Table VIII, age 65, 5-year term × 4. Free federal tax return 9 Expected return $11,760 She uses Table VIII (not Table IV) because all her contributions were made after June 30, 1986. Free federal tax return See Special Elections, later. Free federal tax return Joint and survivor annuities. Free federal tax return   If you have an annuity that pays you a periodic income for life and after your death provides an identical lifetime periodic income to your spouse (or some other person), you figure the expected return based on your combined life expectancies. Free federal tax return To figure the expected return, multiply the annual payment by a multiple in Table II or VI based on your joint life expectancies. Free federal tax return If your payments are made quarterly, semiannually, or annually, you may need to adjust these multiples. Free federal tax return See Adjustments to Tables I, II, V, VI, and VIA following Table I near the end of this publication. Free federal tax return Example. Free federal tax return John bought a joint and survivor annuity providing payments of $500 a month for his life, and, after his death, $500 a month for the remainder of his wife's life. 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Free federal tax return If, at the annuity starting date, Gerald's nearest birthday is 70 and Mary's is 67, the expected return under the contract is figured as follows: Combined multiple for Gerald and Mary, ages 70 and 67 (from Table VI)   22. Free federal tax return 0 Multiple for Gerald, age 70 (from Table V)   16. Free federal tax return 0 Difference: Multiple applicable to Mary   6. Free federal tax return 0 Gerald's annual payment ($500 × 12) $6,000   Gerald's multiple 16. Free federal tax return 0   Gerald's expected return   $96,000 Mary's annual payment ($350 × 12) $4,200   Mary's multiple 6. Free federal tax return 0   Mary's expected return   25,200 Total expected return under the contract   $121,200 Example 2. Free federal tax return Your husband died while still employed. Free federal tax return Under the terms of his employer's retirement plan, you are entitled to get an immediate annuity of $400 a month for the rest of your life or until you remarry. Free federal tax return Your daughters, Marie and Jean, are each entitled to immediate temporary life annuities of $150 a month until they reach age 18. Free federal tax return You were 50 years old at the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return Marie was 16 and Jean was 14. Free federal tax return Using the multiples shown in Tables V and VIII at the end of this publication, the total expected return on the annuity starting date is $169,680, figured as follows: Widow, age 50 (multiple from Table V—33. Free federal tax return 1 × $4,800 annual payment) $158,880 Marie, age 16 for 2 years duration (multiple from Table VIII—2. Free federal tax return 0 × $1,800 annual payment) 3,600 Jean, age 14 for 4 years duration (multiple from Table VIII—4. Free federal tax return 0 × $1,800 annual payment) 7,200 Total expected return $169,680 No computation of expected return is made based on your husband's age at the date of death because he died before the annuity starting date. 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Free federal tax return   Multiply the exclusion percentage by the first regular periodic payment. Free federal tax return The result is the tax-free part of each pension or annuity payment. Free federal tax return   The tax-free part remains the same even if the total payment increases due to variation in the annuity amount such as cost of living increases, or you outlive the life expectancy factor used. Free federal tax return However, if your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that is tax free over the years cannot exceed your net cost. Free federal tax return   Each annuitant applies the same exclusion percentage to his or her initial payment called for in the contract. Free federal tax return Step 5. Free federal tax return   Multiply the tax-free part of each payment (step 4) by the number of payments received during the year. Free federal tax return This will give you the tax-free part of the total payment for the year. 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Free federal tax return Each payment received will consist of 63. Free federal tax return 1% return of cost and 36. Free federal tax return 9% taxable income, until her net cost of the contract is fully recovered. Free federal tax return During the first year, Mary received three payments of $125, or $375, of which $236. Free federal tax return 63 (63. Free federal tax return 1% × $375) is a return of cost. Free federal tax return The remaining $138. Free federal tax return 37 is included in income. Free federal tax return Increase in annuity payments. Free federal tax return   The tax-free amount remains the same as the amount figured at the annuity starting date, even if the payment increases. Free federal tax return All increases in the installment payments are fully taxable. 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Free federal tax return During the year he received 11 monthly payments of $147, or $1,617. Free federal tax return Of this amount, 22. Free federal tax return 5% × $147 × 11 ($363. Free federal tax return 83) is tax free as a return of cost and the balance of $1,253. Free federal tax return 17 is taxable. Free federal tax return Later, because of a cost-of-living increase, his annuity payment was increased to $166 per month, or $1,992 a year (12 × $166). Free federal tax return The tax-free part is still only 22. Free federal tax return 5% of the annuity payments as of the annuity starting date (22. Free federal tax return 5% × $147 × 12 = $396. Free federal tax return 90 for a full year). Free federal tax return The increase of $228 ($1,992 − $1,764 (12 × $147)) is fully taxable. Free federal tax return Variable annuities. Free federal tax return   For variable annuity payments, figure the amount of each payment that is tax free by dividing your investment in the contract (adjusted for any refund feature) by the total number of periodic payments you expect to get under the contract. Free federal tax return   If the annuity is for a definite period, you determine the total number of payments by multiplying the number of payments to be made each year by the number of years you will receive payments. Free federal tax return If the annuity is for life, you determine the total number of payments by using a multiple from the appropriate actuarial table. Free federal tax return Example. Free federal tax return Frank purchased a variable annuity at age 65. Free federal tax return The total cost of the contract was $12,000. Free federal tax return The annuity starting date is January 1 of the year of purchase. 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Free federal tax return 4 Amount to be added to previously determined annual tax-free part ($100 ÷ 18. Free federal tax return 4) $5. Free federal tax return 43 Revised annual tax-free part for third and later years ($600 + $5. Free federal tax return 43) $605. Free federal tax return 43 Amount taxable in third year ($1,200 − $605. Free federal tax return 43) $594. Free federal tax return 57 If you choose to refigure your tax-free amount,   you must file a statement with your income tax return stating that you are refiguring the tax-free amount in accordance with the rules of section 1. Free federal tax return 72–4(d)(3) of the Income Tax Regulations. Free federal tax return The statement must also show the following information: The annuity starting date and your age on that date. Free federal tax return The first day of the first period for which you received an annuity payment in the current year. Free federal tax return Your investment in the contract as originally figured. Free federal tax return The total of all amounts received tax free under the annuity from the annuity starting date through the first day of the first period for which you received an annuity payment in the current tax year. Free federal tax return Exclusion Limits Your annuity starting date determines the total amount of annuity income that you can exclude from income over the years. Free federal tax return Exclusion limited to net cost. Free federal tax return   If your annuity starting date is after 1986, the total amount of annuity income that you can exclude over the years as a return of your cost cannot exceed your net cost (figured without any reduction for a refund feature). Free federal tax return This is the unrecovered investment in the contract as of the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return   If your annuity starting date is after July 1, 1986, any unrecovered net cost at your (or last annuitant's) death is allowed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on the final return of the decedent. Free federal tax return This deduction is not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Free federal tax return Example 1. Free federal tax return Your annuity starting date is after 1986. Free federal tax return Your total cost is $12,500, and your net cost is $10,000, taking into account certain adjustments. Free federal tax return There is no refund feature. Free federal tax return Your monthly annuity payment is $833. Free federal tax return 33. Free federal tax return Your exclusion ratio is 12% and you exclude $100 a month. Free federal tax return Your exclusion ends after 100 months, when you have excluded your net cost of $10,000. Free federal tax return Thereafter, your annuity payments are fully taxable. Free federal tax return Example 2. Free federal tax return The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that there is a refund feature, and you die after 5 years with no surviving annuitant. Free federal tax return The adjustment for the refund feature is $1,000, so the investment in the contract is $9,000. Free federal tax return The exclusion ratio is 10. Free federal tax return 8%, and your monthly exclusion is $90. Free federal tax return After 5 years (60 months), you have recovered tax free only $5,400 ($90 x 60). Free federal tax return An itemized deduction for the unrecovered net cost of $4,600 ($10,000 net cost minus $5,400) may be taken on your final income tax return. Free federal tax return Your unrecovered investment is determined without regard to the refund feature adjustment, discussed earlier, under Adjustments. Free federal tax return Exclusion not limited to net cost. Free federal tax return   If your annuity starting date was before 1987, you could continue to take your monthly exclusion for as long as you receive your annuity. Free federal tax return If you choose a joint and survivor annuity, your survivor continues to take the survivor's exclusion figured as of the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return The total exclusion may be more than your investment in the contract. Free federal tax return How To Use Actuarial Tables In figuring, under the General Rule, the taxable part of your annuity payments that you are to get for the rest of your life (rather than for a fixed number of years), you must use one or more of the actuarial tables in this publication. Free federal tax return Unisex Annuity Tables Effective July 1, 1986, the Internal Revenue Service adopted new annuity Tables V through VIII, in which your sex is not considered when determining the applicable factor. Free federal tax return These tables correspond to the old Tables I through IV. Free federal tax return In general, Tables V through VIII must be used if you made contributions to the retirement plan after June 30, 1986. Free federal tax return If you made no contributions to the plan after June 30, 1986, generally you must use only Tables I through IV. Free federal tax return However, if you received an annuity payment after June 30, 1986, you may elect to use Tables V through VIII (see Annuity received after June 30, 1986, later). Free federal tax return Special Elections Although you generally must use Tables V through VIII if you made contributions to the retirement plan after June 30, 1986, and Tables I through IV if you made no contributions after June 30, 1986, you can make the following special elections to select which tables to use. Free federal tax return Contributions made both before July 1986 and after June 1986. Free federal tax return   If you made contributions to the retirement plan both before July 1986 and after June 1986, you may elect to use Tables I through IV for the pre-July 1986 cost of the contract, and Tables V through VIII for the post-June 1986 cost. Free federal tax return (See the examples below. Free federal tax return )    Making the election. Free federal tax return Attach this statement to your income tax return for the first year in which you receive an annuity:    “I elect to apply the provisions of paragraph (d) of section 1. Free federal tax return 72–6 of the Income Tax Regulations. Free federal tax return ”   The statement must also include your name, address, social security number, and the amount of the pre-July 1986 investment in the contract. Free federal tax return   If your investment in the contract includes post-June 1986 contributions to the plan, and you do not make the election to use Tables I through IV and Tables V through VIII, then you can only use Tables V through VIII in figuring the taxable part of your annuity. Free federal tax return You must also use Tables V through VIII if you are unable or do not wish to determine the portions of your contributions which were made before July 1, 1986, and after June 30, 1986. Free federal tax return    Advantages of election. Free federal tax return In general, a lesser amount of each annual annuity payment is taxable if you separately figure your exclusion ratio for pre-July 1986 and post-June 1986 contributions. Free federal tax return    If you intend to make this election, save your records that substantiate your pre-July 1986 and post-June 1986 contributions. Free federal tax return If the death benefit exclusion applies (see discussion, earlier), you do not have to apportion it between the pre-July 1986 and the post-June 1986 investment in the contract. Free federal tax return   The following examples illustrate the separate computations required if you elect to use Tables I through IV for your pre-July 1986 investment in the contract and Tables V through VIII for your post-June 1986 investment in the contract. Free federal tax return Example 1. Free federal tax return Bill, who is single, contributed $42,000 to the retirement plan and will receive an annual annuity of $24,000 for life. Free federal tax return Payment of the $42,000 contribution is guaranteed under a refund feature. Free federal tax return Bill is 55 years old as of the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return For figuring the taxable part of Bill's annuity, he chose to make separate computations for his pre-July 1986 investment in the contract of $41,300, and for his post-June 1986 investment in the contract of $700. Free federal tax return       Pre- July 1986   Post- June 1986 A. Free federal tax return Adjustment for refund feature         1) Net cost $41,300   $700   2) Annual annuity—$24,000  ($41,300/$42,000 × $24,000) $23,600       ($700/$42,000 × $24,000)     $400   3) Guarantee under contract $41,300   $700   4) No. Free federal tax return of years payments  guaranteed (rounded), A(3) ÷ A(2) 2   2   5) Applicable percentage from  Tables III and VII 1%   0%   6) Adjustment for value of refund  feature, A(5) × smaller of A(1)  or A(3) $413   $0 B. Free federal tax return Investment in the contract         1) Net cost $41,300   $700   2) Minus: Amount in A(6) 413   0   3) Investment in the contract $40,887   $700 C. Free federal tax return Expected return         1) Annual annuity receivable $24,000   $24,000   2) Multiples from Tables I and V 21. Free federal tax return 7   28. Free federal tax return 6   3) Expected return, C(1) × C(2) $520,800   $686,400 D. Free federal tax return Tax-free part of annuity         1) Exclusion ratio as decimal,  B(3) ÷ C(3) . Free federal tax return 079   . Free federal tax return 001   2) Tax-free part, C(1) × D(1) $1,896   $24 The tax-free part of Bill's total annuity is $1,920 ($1,896 plus $24). Free federal tax return The taxable part of his annuity is $22,080 ($24,000 minus $1,920). Free federal tax return If the annuity starting date is after 1986, the exclusion over the years cannot exceed the net cost (figured without any reduction for a refund feature). Free federal tax return Example 2. Free federal tax return Al is age 62 at his nearest birthday to the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return Al's wife is age 60 at her nearest birthday to the annuity starting date. Free federal tax return The joint and survivor annuity pays $1,000 per month to Al for life, and $500 per month to Al's surviving wife after his death. Free federal tax return The pre-July 1986 investment in the contract is $53,100 and the post-June 1986 investment in the contract is $7,000. Free federal tax return Al makes the election described in Example 1 . Free federal tax return For purposes of this example, assume the refund feature adjustment is zero. Free federal tax return If an adjustment is required, IRS will figure the amount. Free federal tax return See Requesting a Ruling on Taxation of Annuity near the end of this publication. Free federal tax return       Pre-  July 1986   Post-  June 1986 A. Free federal tax return Adjustment for refund feature         1) Net cost $53,100   $7,000   2) Annual annuity—$12,000  ($53,100/$60,100 × $12,000) $10,602       ($7,000/$60,100 × $12,000)     $1,398   3) Guaranteed under the contract $53,100   $7,000   4) Number of years guaranteed,  rounded, A(3) ÷ A(2) 5   5   5) Applicable percentages 0%   0%   6) Refund feature adjustment, A(5) × smaller of A(1) or A(3) 0   0 B. Free federal tax return Investment in the contract         1) Net cost $53,100   $7,000   2) Refund feature adjustment 0   0   3) Investment in the contract adjusted for refund feature $53,100   $7,000 C. Free federal tax return Expected return         1) Multiple for both annuitants from Tables II and VI 25. Free federal tax return 4   28. Free federal tax return 8   2) Multiple for first annuitant from Tables I and V 16. Free federal tax return 9   22. Free federal tax return 5   3) Multiple applicable to surviving annuitant, subtract C(2) from C(1) 8. Free federal tax return 5   6. Free federal tax return 3   4) Annual annuity to surviving annuitant $6,000   $6,000   5) Portion of expected return for surviving annuitant, C(4) × C(3) $51,000   $37,800   6) Annual annuity to first annuitant $12,000   $12,000   7) Plus: Portion of expected return for first annuitant, C(6) × C(2) $202,800   $270,000   8) Expected return for both annuitants, C(5) + C(7) $253,800   $307,800 D. Free federal tax return Tax-free part of annuity         1) Exclusion ratio as a decimal, B(3) ÷ C(8) . Free federal tax return 209   . Free federal tax return 023   2) Retiree's tax-free part of annuity, C(6) × D(1) $2,508   $276   3) Survivor's tax-free part of annuity, C(4) × D(1) $1,254   $138 The tax-free part of Al's total annuity is $2,784 ($2,508 + $276). Free federal tax return The taxable part of his annuity is $9,216 ($12,000 − $2,784). Free federal tax return The exclusion over the years cannot exceed the net cost of the contract (figured without any reduction for a refund feature) if the annuity starting date is after 1986. Free federal tax return After Al's death, his widow will apply the same exclusion percentages (20. Free federal tax return 9% and 2. Free federal tax return 3%) to her annual annuity of $6,000 to figure the tax-free part of her annuity. Free federal tax return Annuity received after June 30, 1986. Free federal tax return   If you receive an annuity payment after June 30, 1986, (regardless of your annuity starting date), you may elect to treat the entire cost of the contract as post-June 1986 cost (even if you made no post-June 1986 contributions to the plan) and use Tables V through VIII. Free federal tax return Once made, you cannot revoke the election, which will apply to all payments during the year and in any later year. Free federal tax return    Make the election by attaching the following statement to your income tax return. Free federal tax return    “I elect, under section 1. Free federal tax return 72–9 of the Income Tax Regulations, to treat my entire cost of the contract as a post-June 1986 cost of the plan. Free federal tax return ”   The statement must also include your name, address, and social security number. Free federal tax return   You should also indicate you are making this election if you are unable or do not wish to determine the parts of your contributions which were made before July 1, 1986, and after June 30, 1986. Free federal tax return Disqualifying form of payment or settlement. Free federal tax return   If your annuity starting date is after June 30, 1986, and the contract provides for a disqualifying form of payment or settlement, such as an option to receive a lump sum in full discharge of the obligation under the contract, the entire investment in the contract is treated as post-June 1986 investment in the contract. Free federal tax return See regulations section 1. Free federal tax return 72–6(d)(3) for additional examples of disqualifying forms of payment or settlement. Free federal tax return You can find the Income Tax Regulations in many libraries and at Internal Revenue Service Offices. Free federal tax return Worksheets for Determining Taxable Annuity Worksheets I and II. Free federal tax return   Worksheets I and II follow for determining your taxable annuity under Regulations Section 1. Free federal tax return 72–6(d)(6) Election. Free federal tax return Worksheet I For Determining Taxable Annuity Under Regulations Section 1. Free federal tax return 72-6(d)(6) Election For Single Annuitant With No Survivor Annuity               Pre-July 1986   Post-June 1986 A. Free federal tax return   Refund Feature Adjustment             1)   Net cost (total cost less returned premiums, dividends, etc. Free federal tax return )             2)   Annual annuity allocation:                   Portion of net cost in A(1) x annual annuity                   Net cost             3)   Guaranteed under the contract             4)   Number of years guaranteed, rounded to whole years:                   A(3) divided by A(2)             5)   Applicable percentages* from Tables III and VII                   *If your annuity meets the three conditions listed in Zero value of refund feature in Investment in the Contract, earlier, both percentages are 0. Free federal tax return If not, the IRS will calculate the refund feature percentage. Free federal tax return             6)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(5) times lesser of A(1) or A(3)                             B. Free federal tax return   Investment in the Contract             1)   Net cost:                   A(1)             2)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(6)             3)   Investment in the contract adjusted for refund feature:                   B(1) minus B(2)                             C. Free federal tax return   Expected Return             1)   Annual Annuity:                   12 times monthly annuity**             2)   Expected return multiples from Tables I and V             3)     Expected return:                   C(1) times C(2)                             D. Free federal tax return   Tax-Free Part of Annuity             1)     Exclusion ratio, as a decimal rounded to 3 places:                   B(3) divided by C(3)             2)     Tax-free part of annuity:                   C(1) times D(1)             **If the annuity is not paid monthly, figure the amount to enter by using the total number of periodic payments for the year times the amount of the periodic payment. Free federal tax return     Worksheet II For Determining Taxable Annuity Under Regulations Section 1. Free federal tax return 72-6(d)(6) Election For Joint and Survivor Annuity               Pre-July 1986   Post-June 1986 A. Free federal tax return   Refund Feature Adjustment             1)   Net cost (total cost less returned premiums, dividends, etc. Free federal tax return )             2)   Annual annuity allocation:                   Portion of net cost in A(1) x annual annuity                   Net cost             3)   Guaranteed under the contract             4)     Number of years guaranteed, rounded to whole years:                   A(3) divided by A(2)             5)   Applicable percentages*                   *If your annuity meets the three conditions listed in Zero value of refund feature in Investment in the Contract, earlier, both percentages are 0. Free federal tax return If not, the IRS will calculate the refund feature percentage. Free federal tax return             6)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(5) times lesser of A(1) or A(3)                             B. Free federal tax return   Investment in the Contract             1)   Net cost:                   A(1)             2)   Refund feature adjustment:                   A(6)             3)   Investment in the contract adjusted for refund future:                   B(1) minus B(2)                             C. Free federal tax return   Expected Return             1)   Multiples for both annuitants, Tables II and VI             2)   Multiple for retiree. 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