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Alan S.

Which year’s instructions are you looking at? In 2018, there was no line 4c or 4d, the Form 1040 design required that all deferred accounts be reported on 4a and 4b, so you had no choice. Then for 2019, the IRS realized that combining all these plans on a single line made it more difficult to track distributions, and in 2019 they again separated the lines in 4a,b,c, and d. You might be looking at the 2019 1040 Inst.