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Yes, the accountant is correct, the contribution should have had been reported on your w2. If the employer refuses to issue you corrected w2, here's what you need to do. You will report the income on line 21 as other income (assuming the income is reported in box 3 on your 1099Misc, NOT box 7). Than you deduct it on line 25. You will also have to include form 8889 if you didn't include it with your original return. This will satisfy the reporting and the IRS bureaucrats. Because this will not change your Adjusted gross income, there will be no additional tax liability and you should need to amend your state return.
Respond to the notices by checking the appropriate boxes stating that you do not agree with the change, attach the amended return and 8889 if needed and write CP2000 (or the type of the letter you received, usually start with CP####) on the top of the amended return. Make sure you sign the amended return but do NOT sign the notice if you do not agree with the proposed changes.
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