Level 12

I feel like I'm channeling our old friend the squirrel tonight . . .

Further, if you look at Notice 20-50 bottom of page 11 it says:

A qualified individual receiving a coronavirus-related distribution is entitled to the following favorable tax treatment with respect to the distribution by reporting the distribution on the individual’s federal income tax return for 2020 and on Form 8915-E, Qualified 2020 Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments (or if there is no federal income tax return for 2020, by filing just Form 8915-E).1 First, the 10% additional tax under § 72(t) (including the 25% additional tax under § 72(t)(6) for certain distributions from SIMPLE IRAs) does not apply to any coronavirus-related distribution.

To me that says to get the favorable tax treatment of penalty exclusion you need the 8915-E.