1099-NEC Forms Due Jan 31

Businesses and self-employed individuals that pay individuals and businesses $600 or more for services are required to issue 1099-NEC forms. Formerly, these payments were reported for form 1099-MISC; however, the IRS created a new form solely for Non-Employee Compensation (form 1099-NEC).

Generally two copies of 1099 forms are issued. One copy is filed with the IRS and the second copy is given to the individual/business that performed the services.

Certain Payments are Exempt from 1099-NEC Reporting. Exempt payments include:

  1. Payments below $600 (in aggregate for the entire calendar year)
  2. Payments made via debit card or credit card (the payment processor is responsible for issuing a different type of 1099, form 1099-K)
  3. Payments made via a payment processor where the payment processor is required to issue a 1099-K. You can typically find information on the payment processor’s website that indicates whether the payment processor issues a 1099-K form. For instance, this Zelle webpage says Zelle does not issue 1099 forms, meaning Zelle users are required to issue 1099-NEC forms for payments that require 1099-NEC reporting.
  4. Payments to corporations. You can typically tell if a business is a corporation if it has Inc, Corp, or Corporation in it’s name. Note that LLCs are not corporations and generally require 1099-NEC forms. Also note that payments to law firms, even if structured as a corporation, still require 1099-NEC forms.

How should you collect information and determine if a 1099-NEC is required?

You should have individuals and businesses that perform services for you complete a form W-9. A W-9 is an IRS form that is used to collect an individual or businesses’ name, address, tax type, tax ID number, and other information used to both determine if a 1099-NEC is required and prepare 1099-NEC forms.

What are the Due Dates related to 1099-NEC forms?

1099-NEC forms should be filed with the IRS and provided to the individuals/businesses the performed the services by January 31 of the following year. For instance, 1099-NEC forms reporting payments made in 2023 are due January 31, 2024.

How should you prepare & file the 1099-NEC forms?

There are a number of options available. One that I’ve used and recommend is Tax1099.com. You can e-file the 1099-NEC forms with the IRS for a small fee, import data from a spreadsheet template, view and print copies for your records, and pay a small fee to have them mail the 1099-NEC forms to the individuals/businesses on your behalf.

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