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What is a 1099 and do I need to file one?

Learn what 1099-MISC forms are and how you can prepare for the 2019 tax season.

What is a 1099-MISC?

IRS Form 1099 is a record that tracks money you paid to a non-employee. There are a lot of 1099 forms that the IRS uses, but the one that you'll need is the 1099-MISC.

Do I need to file a 1099-MISC?

You're required by U.S. tax law to file a 1099-MISC form for anyone that you paid $600 or more in the previous year. This can be contractors, freelancers, vendors, or any other non-employee. The IRS has rules to decide if a worker is an employee or a contractor. For assistance in classifying your workers, check with the IRS.

Contractors also need a 1099-MISC to file their taxes. If you have more questions about who needs to file, check with the IRS.

How do I file my 1099-MISC?

There are a couple of options for filing the 2019 version of 1099-MISC. For a small fee, we'll walk you through and e-file your 1099-MISC for you. We'll automatically exclude payments you don't need to include on your 1099s (like payments you made with credit cards and other electronic payments).

Learn how to e-file your 1099's with:

If you have Intuit Full Service Payroll, we'll automatically do this for you.


Other questions

Set up a contractor for 1099-MISC

If you have a QuickBooks Payroll product, you’ll need to get your contractors or vendors set up in QuickBooks before you can file their 1099s.

Looking for information on 1099-K forms?

If you have a QuickBooks Payments product and you have processed at least 200 card transactions and $20,000 in gross sales during the previous calendar year, we generate a 1099-K form for you on or before January 31.

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