1099 Processing FAQ's

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What is a 1099-MISC form?

The 1099-MISC form is an information return the IRS requires you provide to any individual or unincorporated business whom you have issued $600 or more in rents or compensation (other than salaries, wages, tips or other employee compensation which are reported on Form W2). IRS also requires 1099's for payments of $10 or more in gross royalties. There are additional requirements and scenarios when a 1099 of other variants may be required. For more details, see IRS General Instructions for Certain Information Returns

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When is a 1099-MISC form due?

Recipient copies must be postmarked by January 31. In addition, copies must be filed with the IRS by January 31 for all forms indicating box 7 non-employee compensation. 

All others are due by February 28 if filed by paper, or March 31 if filed electronically. Penalties for late filing range from $30 - $100/form; penalties for intentionally disregarding the requirement are $250/form. 

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How would you start the process of completing a 1099-MISC form?

Typically, a business could take these or similar steps:   

Step 1: Assuring you have retained accurate W9 Forms from all vendors/contractors can be the most time consuming. It is never too early to start a review of your vendor/contractor data to confirm you have the required data on file.

Step 2: Complete a 1099 Form for all required vendors/contractors using data from 1099 Summary & Vendor detail reports. 

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Why complete a 1099-MISC form?

The information is used by the IRS to verify the vendor you paid has reported at least the amount you stated in gross business income. The IRS requires corporations on Form 1120 indicate whether or not they made any payments that would require a Form 1099 be filed and whether or not the form was filed. Thus your tax preparer will be required to review your 1099’s to insure all were accounted for properly prior to submitting your corporate tax return. Same is true of partnerships filing Form 1065, but instead it is question #18.

As with all IRS items, there is a lot of fine print. This article cannot capture all scenarios.
If you would like ASAP’s assistance, please reference our 1099 Processing Services application to get started.
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