Access RUIA Tax Documents
Frequently asked questions about this service:
- What is the 1099-G?
The 1099-G is a tax statement of the unemployment benefits you received from the RRB under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA). It also shows any taxes you may have elected to withhold from your benefits. Use this form for filing your federal tax return.
- What is the W-2?
The W-2 issued by the RRB is a wage and tax statement of the benefits you received under the RUIA for being sick or injured. It also shows any taxes withheld voluntarily or required by federal tax laws. Use this form for filing your federal tax return.
Note: The benefits payable for the first 6 months after the month an employee last worked are subject to tier I railroad retirement payroll taxes unless benefits are being paid for an on-the-job injury. If you received benefits from an on-the-job-injury, you will not receive a W-2.
- How do I access my 1099-G or W-2 online?
1. Sign in to myRRB with your login.gov email address and password.
- You must have or create a login.gov account to view your tax forms on myRRB.
- A Pin Password Account (PPW) is not compatible with this online service.
2. Click on the button labeled ACCESS MY TAX Documents.
3. Click the My 1099-G or My W-2 button under the View & Download column.
- What does “Hard Copy Status” ON/OFF mean?
Hard Copy Selection Status: OFF
- You elected to not receive a paper copy through the U.S mail.
- An email notification will be sent to the email address provided when the tax statements are made available each year.
Hard Copy Selection Status: ON
- You will receive a paper copy through the U.S mail.
- This is the default status for all RUIA claimants.
- What am I agreeing to on the “CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS” page?
If you provide your email address and click the button to Turn OFF my hard copy of 1099-G and/or Turn OFF my hard copy of W-2, you give the RRB permission to notify you at the email address provided when your RUIA tax statements are available on myRRB instead of sending you a hard copy in the U.S mail. You can change this status at any time, and your personal computer or mobile device must meet basic requirements to view these documents (for example, you will need access to the internet and the ability to view PDFs).
- What will the RRB use my email address for?
Aside from the initial email from the RRB with a link to validate your email address, we will only use your email address to notify you when annual RUIA tax statements are available on myRRB.
- When can I expect to see my 1099-G and/or W-2?
Online: The tax forms will be available on myRRB earlier than those that are sent via the U.S mail. If you elect to turn off your hard copy sent by mail, you will receive an email to the email address you provided when they are available to view and download.
Mailed: The tax forms are addressed and mailed by January 31 every year.
- What should I do if I need my 1099-G or W-2 from an earlier year?
Contact your local RRB field office for assistance. You can reach out to individual offices by mail, fax, or the Secure Message feature located on each office’s web page. Use Field Office Locator to find the web page and contact information for any field office. Or, you can speak with an agency representative by calling us toll-free at 877-772-5772 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays, except federal holidays. If you experience a lengthy wait time, you will be given the option of receiving a call back. This feature may not be available at all times due to large call volume.
- What happens if there’s a correction to my 1099-G or W-2?
The RRB will mail any corrected forms to the home address we have on file for you. The original form will remain available online until December 15.