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This was a simple mistake. No fraud was involved.

Agreed.

It's possible that the IRS will rectify the error and notify the OP.

Given that the income was reported on a 1099R, it's a virtual certainty that the IRS will notify the OP. But that notice will take roughly a year to arrive. In the mean time, interest and penalties for late payment are accruing.

Both of which can be avoided by amending the return before April 17. Or - if you want to really get into esoterica - the OP can paper file a new 1040 (not a 1040X) by April 17 and write "superseding return" in red letters across the top. Again, any payment not already made will need to be included with the return. I've only done this once in my career, so it's not very common. I prefer the 1040X, since the people who open the mail at the IRS will know what to do with a 1040X.

--Peter
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