Form 1099 is one of several IRS tax forms used in preparing and filing an information return to report various types of income that are not wages, salaries, or tips in the United States.

Download Form 1099 from the official IRS website.

Sign IRS Form 1099

Notably, receiving Form 1099 does not mean owing tax money. There might be deductions that counterbalance the income. By definition, Form 1099 is a record that shows that a company or person who is not your employer paid money to you. The one who pays typically produces Form 1099 sending copies to the receiver and the IRS.

It is often used to report payments to independent contractors, rental property income, sales proceeds and all kinds of miscellaneous income. For instance, a bank might send a Form 1099 because there was interest from your savings. Also, most freelancers get these forms regularly from their clients since it is evidence that the client has paid.

How important is IRS Form 1099?

It is required by law to report these types of income. It is also necessary to avoid situations where the IRS knows that you did not report a certain income on your tax return. These documents are easy to track since they either have your taxpayer identification number or Social Security number.

How many types of IRS Form 1099 are there?

There many variations of Form 1099 available. The different versions are based on the nature of the income transaction so that the IRS can information on all these different types of income.

Some of the most common are the 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. The 1099-MISC is for all income that does not exactly fit with the other 1099 categories while 1099-NEC includes nonemployee compensation.

Instructions for Recipient

After receiving Form 1099 from the bank or a company, you must fill in the following form.

  1. Recipient’s taxpayer identification number (TIN): To protect the taxpayer, this form may show only the last four digits of your TIN (social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN), or employer identification number (EIN)). However, the complete TIN should be reported to the IRS.
  2. FATCA filing requirements: Follow the instructions for Form 8938. If the FATCA filing requirement box marked, then the payer is reporting on Form 1099 to satisfy its chapter 4 account reporting requirement.
  3. Account number: May show an account or another unique number the payer assigned to distinguish your account.

Instructions for Payer

After working with an independent contractor or freelancer you should issue a Form 1099 while making to use:

  1. The 2020 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns
  2. The 2020 Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.

Filling in 1099-MISC and 1099-Nec

On both forms, there is a part that requires information such as the Payer’s name, Payer’s TIN, Recipient’s TIN, Recipient’s name, Street address, Account number, and so on. The form is further divided into 7 boxes on the 1099-NEC form and 17 boxes on the 1099-MISC that need to be filled in where applicable.

For example for 1099-MISC, box 1 is about reporting rents from real estate and box 2 is about royalties from oil, gas, or mineral properties, copyrights, and patents. While the 1099-MISC is quite similar to the 1099-NEC form, there are some key differences such as Box 1 showing non-employee compensation and/or nonqualified deferred compensation. Despite this principle in filling the form remains the same.

Sign IRS Form 1099 – Frequently Asked Questions

Do 1099s Get Reported To IRS?

Yes, your clients or business associates will report 1099 to the IRS. The IRS will compare all the 1099s it receives with your tax returns, to establish whether you filed and paid your taxes correctly. The IRS has set January as the deadline for mailing all 1099s.

Do I Have To Report A 1099s On My Tax Return?

You must report all transactions for which you were issued with 1099, even if you don’t need to pay any taxes on them. That helps the IRS to establish all your sources of income, and classify you accordingly.

How Does a 1099s Affect My Taxes?

Form 1099 affects your taxes by potentially raising your taxable income. You will only get it after you have received payment for the goods or services you provide. Therefore, the IRS views the 1099s as a checklist of your incomes.

Do You Have to Pay Taxes On 1099?

Unless you have proven otherwise, the IRS considers what is reported on 1099, as your taxable income. Furthermore, if you get paid less than $600 per year, the payer may not send you 1099, but you must still file that income in your taxes.

Does 1099 Mean I Owe Money?

When you receive 1099, it doesn’t mean that you owe the IRS automatically. It simply means the IRS now has evidence you received some money. Therefore, it expects you to report that 1099 income when you file your annual taxes.

How Much Tax Do I Pay On 1099?

Most of those who receive 1099 are freelancers or independent contractors. If that is the case for you, your self-employment taxes may average at 15.3%. But, they can be higher, depending on how much you earn annually.

Is Working 1099 Worth It?

Working as a full-time employee has obvious benefits such as getting paid leave days, health insurance, and even a bit of job security. However, working as 1099 allows you to pay lower taxes for the same pay as full-time employees.

What Happens If I Don’t File My 1099?

If you don’t file your 1099, you will get the penalties for late taxes. These can be as high as 20% if 1099 forms a huge portion of your taxable income.

Do I Have to Report Income If I Didn’t Receive 1099?

Yes, you have to report all your income, even if you haven’t received their respective 1099.