Daniel asks the following question that I've abridged:
On February 6 you posted a topic on Minister's retirement distributions designated as Housing allowance. Are you technically referring to a 403(b)9 plan? In such a plan, the Plan Administrator as an agent of a church body actually makes the distributions and I would assume be able to easily make such a designation before issuing a 1099-R. However, what about 403(b)7 or 403(b)1 plans where a custodial account plan sponsor (typically a mutual fund company) handles the distributions? Are retired ministers allowed to "correct" a 1099-R on their 1040s?
In cases such as Daniel has addressed, the retired minister reports the full distribution on Line 16a (2007 Form 1040) and the taxable amount after allowable housing allowance on Line 16b. The minister must follow all other requirements of IRS Publication 1828, the Clergy Housing Allowance Clarification Act of 2002, and IRS Regulation Section 1.107-1.
The minister’s congregation or designated appointee(s) must prepare a valid statement designating the distributions as housing allowance.