Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Income — Social Security Benefits; Form 1040, Line 20a

Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits

How Benefits Are Reported to Taxpayers

Form SSA-1099

Social security benefits are reported on Form SSA-1099. Taxpayers who did not receive Form SSA-1099, or have misplaced it, may be able to get an instant printout of benefits from their personal "my Social Security" account on the Social Security Administration website at SSA.gov. Or taxpayers may call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 to request a benefit statement to be sent by mail.

Form RRB-1099

Tier 1 railroad retirement benefits are equal to the social security benefit that a railroad employee or beneficiary would have been entitled to receive under the social security system. These benefits are called "social security equivalent benefits" and, for tax purposes, are treated like social security benefits. They are shown on the blue Form RRB-1099.

Example

Jacob is a retired railroad switchyard operator. Using the intake and interview sheet, the volunteer determined that Jacob received Railroad Retirement Benefits. He received Form RRB-1099 and Form RRB-1099-R. The amount from Form RRB-1099 will be added to any amount of social security benefits.

Box for net benefits on Form SSA-1099 and on Form RRB-1099