How Benefits Are Reported to Taxpayers
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.
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.
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.