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What is 1099 MISC form?

1099 misc form is used to report certain types of payments made in the course of a trade or business. If you're a small business owner who has hired the services of an independent contractor or freelancer, you may need to file and submit the 1099 misc form to both the Internal Revenue Service and the person or business that you paid. Normally, a 1099 misc form has to be reported if at least $600 has been paid to the recipient.

Personal payments are not reportable. You are engaged in a trade or business if you operate for gain or profit. However, nonprofit organizations are considered to be engaged in a trade or business and are subject to these reporting requirements. Other organizations subject to these reporting requirements include trusts of qualified pension or profit-sharing plans of employers, certain organizations exempt from tax under section 501(c) or (d), farmers' cooperatives that are exempt from tax under section 521, and widely held fixed investment trusts. Payments by federal, state, or local government agencies are also reportable.

Who must file 1099 MISC form?

1099 misc form has to be filed by businesses/individuals who have hired the services of independent contractors or professional freelancers such as physicians, artists, writers, advocates, rent payments and etc. 1099 misc form is issued to the person only when he is working independently and not as any corporation and he has been paid $600 and above for his services. More specifically, a 1099 misc form has to be filed by business/individuals who has been paid during the year:

  • At least $10 in royalties
  • At least $600 in rents, services (including parts and materials), prizes and awards, other income payments, medical and health care payments, crop insurance proceeds, cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) you purchase from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish, or, generally, the cash paid from a notional principal contract to an individual, partnership, or estate.
  • Any fishing boat proceeds.
  • Gross proceeds of $600 or more paid to an attorney.
  • You must also file Form 1099-MISC for each person from whom you have withheld any federal income tax under the backup withholding rules regardless of the amount of the payment.

Exceptions to 1099 MISC form filing:

Some payments are not required to be reported on Form 1099-MISC, although they may be taxable to the recipient. Payments for which a Form 1099-MISC is not required include:

  • Generally, payments to a corporation
  • Payments for merchandise, telegrams, telephone, freight, storage, and similar items
  • Payments of rent to real estate agents
  • Wages paid to employees (to be reported on form W-2)
  • Military differential wage payments made to employees while they are on active duty in the Armed Forces or other uniformed services (report on Form W-2)
  • Business travel allowances paid to employees (may be reportable on Form W-2);
  • Cost of current life insurance protection (report on Form W-2 or Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.);
  • Payments to a tax-exempt organization including tax-exempt trusts (IRAs, HSAs, Archer MSAs, and Coverdell ESAs), the United States, a state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. possession, or a foreign government

How to efile 1099 MISC form:

It takes 3 simple steps to efile your 1099 misc form with 1099online.com

  • Sign up on our website for free
  • Fill in the payer, payee information. Fill in the 1099 misc form which is in the electronic format
  • Submit the completed 1099 misc form to the IRS and that’s it.

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