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mcshipley
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

There does not seem to be an option to re-align the 1099s like there is the W-2s. Is this an oversight?

 

Will it be an issue if things are partially printed on the red areas?

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Best answer January 19, 2021

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AlexV
QuickBooks Team

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

Let me assist you in printing 1099, Bratt1.

 

There's an option in QuickBooks Desktop to align the form 1099. You'll want to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the File menu and select Printer Setup.
  2. From the Form Name drop-down, choose 1099s/1096.
  3. Tap the Align button and make the adjustment. You can also print a sample by clicking Print Sample.
  4. Click OK twice to save the changes.

Before that, make sure that your QuickBooks is up-to-date. Also, you can run the QuickBooks Print & Print Repair Tool to fix issues in printing forms.

 

Once done, print the 1099 forms again. For the detailed steps, here's how to align forms in QuickBooks Desktop.

 

Leave a comment again if you need anything else. We'll respond as soon as we can.

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DivinaMercy_N
QuickBooks Team

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

I've got your back, @mcshipley.

 

Let me help you align and print your 1099 form. To start, ensure that your pre-printed forms are ready. Once ready, open the 1099 Wizard and follow the on-screen steps until you see the Choose a filing method window. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Print 1099s button
  2. Choose the range (of date) the 1099s were paid from and tap OK.
  3. Pick the form 1099(s) you want to print and tap the Preview 1099 button.
  4. If the alignment is still incorrect, go to the File menu at the top-left corner and select Printer Setup.
  5. Pick the 1099s/1096 from the list in Form Name.
  6. Choose the Align button and adjust alignment as needed.
  7. Hit OK twice to save the changes.
  8. Once done, click Print 1099. 

 

For more info about the process, please see this article: Print 1099 in QuickBooks Desktop

 

You might also want to visit our help page to browse articles that can guide you with your QuickBooks tasks. To get started head to our QBDT help articles at this link.

 

Don't hesitate to post here again if you have further questions about printing your W2 in QuickBooks. I'm always here to help you in any way I can. Have a wonderful day ahead.

Bratt1
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

My problem is the I can get the top 1099 to align, but not the bottom one.  If I align the top to fit in the correct boxes, the bottom one then is totally off.

AlexV
QuickBooks Team

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

Let me assist you in printing 1099, Bratt1.

 

There's an option in QuickBooks Desktop to align the form 1099. You'll want to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the File menu and select Printer Setup.
  2. From the Form Name drop-down, choose 1099s/1096.
  3. Tap the Align button and make the adjustment. You can also print a sample by clicking Print Sample.
  4. Click OK twice to save the changes.

Before that, make sure that your QuickBooks is up-to-date. Also, you can run the QuickBooks Print & Print Repair Tool to fix issues in printing forms.

 

Once done, print the 1099 forms again. For the detailed steps, here's how to align forms in QuickBooks Desktop.

 

Leave a comment again if you need anything else. We'll respond as soon as we can.

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Mwilson2
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

I'm having the exact same problem.  When printing 2 1099 recipients, I can't fix the alignment because the top half is always off more than the bottom half, therefore the page is not equally misaligned.  This is obviously a software issue. Please help!

Mwilson2
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

I'm having the exact same issue.  When printing 2 1099-NEC recipients, the top half is misaligned but the bottom half is not.  Trying to fix the alignment using this online suggestion (which I've already spent a lot of time troubleshooting) doesn't work because either the top half is misaligned or the bottom half is off, they are not equally misaligned.  This has to be a software issue that Intuit needs to fix asap as 1099 deadline is approaching fast since I have multiple clients to prepare 1099s for.  I did not have this issue when preparing previous years 1099s.  Considering the amount of time I've already spent trying to get the alignment to work, at this rate I'd be more efficient hand writing them all.  Ugh.

JenoP
QuickBooks Team

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

We'd really want to make sure that you're able to print your 1099s so you can file them on time, Mwilson2.

 

Can you also tell us where you did buy the pre-printed 1099 forms? One of the causes of misaligned printed copies if the papers that you're using is not compatible with QuickBooks. You can get a compatible pre-printed kits from this link: https://www.intuitmarket.intuit.com/tax-forms/1099-forms.

 

If you're already using a compatible paper, I would recommend reaching out to our Payroll Support Team. They can take a closer look at this and check for more options on how we can sort this out. Here's how:

 

  1. Go to the Help menu and select QuickBooks Desktop Help
  2. Click Contact Us
  3. Let them know in the description box that you need help when printing your 1099s, then click Let's talk.
  4. Select between Chat or Get a callback

 

Please take note that they're open from Monday to Friday, from 6 AM to 6 PM Pacific.

 

Lastly, let me share these articles for additional guidance when filing your tax forms:

 

 

Let me know if you need anything else. 

Mwilson2
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

I purchased preprinted forms online (not from Intuit) and they were marketed to be compatible with Quickbooks, and I purchased them from the same provider in previous years with no alignment issues.  I already called QB support and unfortunately because I didn't order forms from Intuit they didn't have much help to offer.  Therefore I'm back to square one.  In my opinion Intuit preprinted 1099-NEC form kits are grossly overpriced at $72.99 for 10...this is the price shown for the state I'm located in (WI).

JulieM2
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

All of the other boxes in the 1099-misc align perfectly in both the top and bottom forms, however, box 10 prints too low.  Boxes 1 & 3 are fine.  I haven't had to use others.  How do I align on box on form 1099-MISC?

Jen_D
Moderator

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

Thanks for posting here, @JulieM2,

 

We want to make sure there are no delays with your 1099 processing, so we're here to help you out with the alignment.

 

As discussed by my colleagues in this thread, you can set the alignment within the program. Try these steps first in your QuickBooks account:

 

  1. From the File menu, choose Printer Setup.
  2. Close the 1099s/1096 from the list in Form Name.
  3. Select the Align button and adjust alignment as needed.
  4. Tap OK twice to save the changes.
  5. Pick the forms to print. 

In the meantime, you can use a blank paper for testing and see if it aligns properly to the form. See this article for the steps on how to print 1099s in QuikBooks: How do I print my 1099 forms?

 

Furthermore, you can use AlexV's recommendation to use Print Repair Tool if in case the first troubleshooting doesn't work.

 

Kindly update me on how it works so I can provide some more troubleshooting when you need it. I'll be right here anytime.

 

 

 

 

ddm2
Level 2

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

Quickbooks is a joke. 

There is no possible way to print inside the red portion without the Payers box printing outside the print area. I spent 3 days trying to file electronically on the Tax1099.com site.  Gave up and went to Office Depot and purchased the forms. Gonna print the best I can and file them. 

Quickbooks did a terrible job with the 1099-NEC roll out

KFisherRM
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

Has anyone been able to resolve this issue?  I have the same problem, I can align the top, but not the bottom.  I purchased QB compatible forms from Amazon, like I have in prior years, and have not had alignment issues this severe.

Is QB interested in resolving this at all?  I have spent way too much time already going through every trouble-shooting measure and possible workaround there is.

If you will have a resolution in place soon please tell us.  If we should just go ahead and hand write our forms because we didn't buy Intuit's ridiculously overpriced forms, please tell us.

 

But please tell us something because we are running out of time.

IamjuViel
QuickBooks Team

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

Hello, @KFisherRM.

 

Let me share some information on how your can print your 1099 forms from QuickBooks.

 

When printing 1099 forms, one of the requirements is to make sure to use QuickBooks compatible 1099 forms. These forms are designed to print directly from QuickBooks and put information in the correct blank section of each form. 

 

In the meantime, let's check your PDF settings and make sure that general alignment settings apply the following changes:

  • Page Scaling: set to None.
  • Make sure that Auto-Rotate and Center is not checked.
  • Make sure that Choose Paper Source by PDF page size is checked.

Once verified, let's try aligning and printing your forms again. You can follow the steps shared by my colleague, @DivinaMercy_N, in this thread. Also, you can refer to the Make fine alignment adjustments section of this article for more details on printer setup: Align, checks, invoices, and other forms for continuous-feed (dot matrix) printers

 

If the issue persists, I'd suggest contacting our Customer Support Team. They can check your account securely and provide troubleshooting steps to resolve the alignment issue. Here's how:

  1. Go to Help from the top menu.
  2. Select QuickBooks Desktop Help.
  3. Click Contact Us. 
  4. Enter your concern in the Ask a question (or tell us what's wrong) box.
  5. Hit Continue then click Start a message.

 

Keep me posted on how your call goes. I'll be right here to help you if there's anything else that you need.  

KFisherRM
Level 1

Can't align 1099 to not print in the red areas

I have already tried the pdf thing; none of the workarounds work for me.

 

I have never had an issue with QB compatible forms in the past.  Seems like something changed drastically this year to really screw with the alignments and force folks to by Intuit forms.  QB has to acknowledge that their forms are ridiculously overpriced. $150 for NEC and MISC forms? Truly a racket.

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