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Create and file 1099s with QuickBooks Online

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Learn how to prepare and file your Federal 1099s with QuickBooks Online.

Note: Not sure which payroll service you have? Here's how to find your payroll service.

QuickBooks Online has a time-saving feature to help you prepare your 1099s from the info you already have in your accounts. 1099s are the tax forms you need to file with the IRS when you pay contractors in cash. See Get answers to your 1099 questions for more info.

Steps for other QuickBooks products: This article covers QuickBooks Online. If you have QuickBooks Contractor Payments or QuickBooks Desktop we can still help you create and file your 1099s.

Don't have QuickBooks? We have a fast and simple way to pay contractors and create 1099s using QuickBooks Contractor Payments.

Follow the steps below to create and file your 1099s. When you file 1099s with us, we’ll email, and mail a printed copy, to your contractors.

Do you need to file a 1099?

The IRS requires you to file a Form 1099-NEC for any non-employee that you:

  • Paid $600 or more in cash during the previous year.
    • Note: The IRS doesn't allow certain electronic payments to be reported on Form 1099-MISC or 1099-NEC. These payments include credit card, debit card, gift card, or PayPal payments. QuickBooks Online automatically excludes these for you. The payment companies will report those payments so you don't have to.
  • Withheld any federal income tax from under the backup withholding rules.

When are 1099s due?

1099s are due to the IRS and your contractors by January 31. However, we recommend you e-file before January 27 at 5:00 PM PT. This is to make sure your 1099s can be postmarked to your contractors by January 31. You can e-file 1099s through January 31 to be on time with the IRS.

Need to file in your state?

The 1099 E-file service is only for federal 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC filings. For more information about what states require a 1099 filing or support combined filings see File your state 1099 forms. Contact your state for more information and learn how to file.

If you need to file both a 1099-NEC and a 1099-MISC, you may need to adjust your account and contractor payments. This determines which types of boxes you select for the types of payments you make to non-employees. Most businesses only select “non-employee compensation” for contractor payments,. In this case, no adjustments are needed. However, if you do need to select other types of payments to report, you’ll need to do some accounting work to prepare your books. Follow this article to update your company file.

Here’s how to get your 1099s ready to e-file or print. These steps walk you through organizing your contractors and payments so your filings are correct.

To watch more how-to videos, visit our video section.

  1. Go to Payroll, and select Contractors (Take me there) or Get paid & pay, and select Vendors (Take me there).
  2. Select Prepare 1099s and then Let’s get started.
  3. Make sure your company name, address, and tax ID is correct and matches what's found on tax notices or letters from the IRS.
  4. Select the boxes that represent the type of payments made to all of your contractors this year. Then select the accounts used for these expenses or payments. Select Next.
    Important: Choose your boxes carefully. Most businesses will choose “Nonemployee compensation (Box 1 1099-NEC)”, but check with your accountant if you think you might have made other types of payments.
  5. Verify that all of your contractors show up and their personal info and email addresses are correct. Select Next.
  6. Review the payment totals for each box you selected in step 4. The payments will be automatically separated between the 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC forms. Select Next.
    • Note: You won't see certain electronic payments to contractors such as those made by credit card, etc. This is because these are reported for you by the credit card company, bank, etc. If you don’t see all of the payments you expect, you can verify the year and threshold just above the Name column.
  7. Select E-File for me to e-file your 1099s. Or select I’ll file myself to print and mail the forms yourself.

Now that you've prepared and verified that the information is correct on your 1099s, it’s time to e-file.

  1. After preparing your 1099s, select the E-File option and verify your 1099s.
  2. Follow the on-screen steps to complete your 1099 e-file.  If prompted, enter your billing info. You'll also be able to review each contractor's 1099.
    • If prompted, choose the delivery option for your contractor's copies. If you don't see this option, you've already opted-in to provide your contractors online access to their 1099s when you added them to QuickBooks. If an email address is incorrect, you'll need to update the contractor's email address in QuickBooks, and then go back through the 1099 e-file flow. 

Note: The paper version of Copy A of Form 1099 is for your records. You shouldn't print or mail this form to the IRS.

After you file your 1099s to the IRS with the steps above, we’ll notify you of your filing status through email. You can also check your filing status anytime in QuickBooks Online.

  1. Go to QuickBooks Online.
  2. Select Taxes then 1099 filings.
  3. View the status of the e-filng under Filing status. Below is the list of statuses and what they mean:
    • Not Submitted: You haven't e-filed Form 1099-NEC or 1099-MISC with the IRS. You can continue revising it.
    • Submitted: You have e-filed the form to the IRS. Note: If you need to revise it, you may need to file a manual amendment. Use these IRS instructions and form to do so.
    • Received by IRS: The IRS has received your form and is either processing it or has already processed and approved it. Customers who have submitted their 1099 E-File forms will receive a confirmation email approximately a week after the IRS accepts and confirms submissions. You may not receive this confirmation until the middle of January or later.
  4. Select View 1099 to view a PDF copy.


Yes. If you have already filed 1099s, you can create and file additional 1099s in QuickBooks Online.

If you need to file 1099s for a separate company, log into that company in QuickBooks Online and follow the same steps.

Note: Each subscription for each company is a separate fee.

You will need to work directly with the IRS to make a manual amendment to your 1099 forms. Use these IRS instructions to do so. For more information see Correct or change 1099s in QuickBooks. Once corrected you will need to provide the corrected return to the recipient or contractor yourself.

Check the 1099 filings tab first

  1. Go to QuickBooks Online.
  2. Go to Taxes then select 1099 filings.
  3. Select View 1099 to view a PDF copy.

If you don’t see the archived or previously filed 1099, contact us to get a copy

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