It’s Tax Time: Don’t Forget to File 1099 Forms 

By Rebecca December 14, 2021
2021 Tax Form 1099-misc

If you’re a business owner, you are likely aware that you are responsible for filing Form 1099 to report payments made to independent contractors and other non-employees and for miscellaneous payments.

Form 1099

Form 1099 is an information return that tells the IRS and other government agencies that the person or entity named in the form has received taxable payments during the year. It’s one of the IRS’s primary methods to uncover underreporting by those who are self-employed.

In 2020, the IRS made a distinction between 1099 forms to keep nonemployee expenses separate from miscellaneous expenses and to clear up some confusion with due dates.

Form 1099-NEC vs Form 1099-MISC

Now, Form 1099-NEC is used to report non-employee compensation and Form 1099-MISC is used to report other miscellaneous business payments.

Form 1099-NEC

You are responsible to file a 1099-NEC (nonemployee compensation) form if you:

Made payments of $600 or more

  • For services performed by someone who is not your employee
  • To sole proprietors, independent contractors, partnerships, and attorneys

You are not required to report payments made to corporations and LLCs treated as C or S Corporations.

The 1099 $600 Threshold

Note that the $600 threshold refers to cash payments, not accrued expenses, so if you haven’t paid yet, you’re not required to report it.

One additional important note…if you paid a nonemployee using a credit card, debit card, or through a third party like PayPal, you do not need to file a 1099 form.

Be Sure to Collect Tax ID Numbers from Contractors in Advance

As a best practice, businesses should always collect a W-9 form before issuing payments to any contractor who may later require a 1099-NEC. Form W-9 is a request for a taxpayer’s identification number and gives you the information you need to file 1099 forms. By collecting W-9 forms upfront, you avoid the hassle of having to chase contractors down come January.

Form 1099-MISC

You must file 1099-MISC forms to report miscellaneous payments including:

  • Rent
  • Payments made to attorneys
  • Royalties
  • Prizes and awards
  • Medical and health care payments related to your business
  • Direct sales of at least $5,000 of consumer products to a buyer for resale anywhere other than a permanent retail establishment

2022 Filing Deadlines

Form Send to Recipients IRS Filing by Mail IRS E-Filing
1099-NEC Jan. 31, 2022 Jan. 31, 2022 Jan. 31, 2022
(no data in Boxes 8 or 10)
Jan. 31, 2022 Feb. 28, 2022 March 31, 2022
(with data in Boxes 8 or 10)
Feb. 15, 2022 Feb. 28, 2022 March 31, 2022

How to File 1099 Forms

If your business has to file 250 or more 1099 forms, the IRS requires you to file them electronically. However, the IRS encourages all filers to file electronically rather than mailing paper forms. Also, be aware that the IRS has proposed reducing the current 250-return threshold to 100 in 2022 and 10 in 2023.

Form 1099 is a multi-part form. Here is what to do with each.

  • Copy A must be filed with the IRS
  • Copy B is to be sent to the independent contractor or another recipient
  • Copy C should be retained for your files

When you file a 1099 form, you must also fileForm 1096, which is a summary of all the Forms 1099 you file. This is the IRS, after all!

Late Filing Penalties

Late filing of mandatory 1099s can lead to penalties ranging from$50 to $270 per 1099. If you intentionally disregard your obligation to file 1099 forms altogether, you may be hit with fines of up to $550 per form.

Penalty per Form Length of Delay
$50 More than 30 days late
$110 More than 30 days late but before Aug. 1, 2022
$270 Filing on or after Aug. 1, 2022
$550 Intentionally neglecting to file

The maximum penalty is $1,113,000 for small businesses. The IRS considers you to be a small business if you’ve earned an average of $5 million or less in annual revenue for the past three tax years.

For complete IRS instructions on filing Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC, visit this IRS page.

Filing 1099 forms can be a time-consuming and tedious task, depending on the number of independent contractors you engage and how many miscellaneous expenses you are required to report. However, when you enlist ARI as your outsourced accounting firm, we manage these filings each year to ensure your business is compliant with all IRS reporting requirements.

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