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Create and file 1099s with QuickBooks Online

by Intuit Updated 3 months ago

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.

If you pay contractors in cash, check, or direct deposit, you'll need to file 1099s with the IRS. QuickBooks Online can help you prepare your 1099s seamlessly, using the info you already have in your account.

Follow these steps to create and file your 1099s. When you file 1099s with us, we may email or mail a printed copy, to your contractors.

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.

Starting tax year 2023, if you have 10 or more combined 1099s, W-2s or other federal forms to file, you must file them electronically. To learn more, see IRS and Treasury issue final regulations on e-file for businesses.
  1. Go to Payroll, and select Contractors (Take me there).
  2. Select Prepare 1099s.
  3. Make sure your company name, email, address, and tax ID is correct and matches what's found on tax notices or letters from the IRS. Select Edit ✎ to make any changes.
  4. Select Confirm info and get started.
  5. Select Select accounts and choose or confirm the accounts used for your 1099 expenses or payments, then select Add. 
  6. Next to each account added, select the 1099-NEC or 1099-MISC boxes that represent the type of payments made to your contractors this year. 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.
  7. On the Tracked for 1099 tab, place a checkmark next to each contractor who should get a 1099. Make sure ‌the contractors' personal info and email addresses are correct. Select Edit ✎ to make any changes.
  8. If a contractor is missing, select the Not tracked for 1099 tab. Select Add to tracked list to add the contractor to the Tracked for 1099 tab then select Back.
  9. Review the Reportable total amount for each contractor selected then select Next.
    • Note: You won't see certain electronic payments to contractors such as those made by credit card, Paypal, 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, from the Reportable payments only drop-down select Non-reportable payments only.
  10. Select Preview to view each 1099 and review the amount in each box. Select Continue to 1099-MISCs to view your 1099-MISC forms.  Select Next.
  11. Select Continue to E-File to e-file your 1099s. Or select I’ll print and mail 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 given your contractors online access to their 1099s when you added them to QuickBooks. If an email address is wrong, you'll need to update it in QuickBooks. 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 Taxes, then 1099 filings.
  2. View the status of the e-filing 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 forms 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.
  3. Select View 1099 to view a PDF copy.


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.

1099s are due to the IRS and your contractors by January 31. However, we recommend you e-file before January 28 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. E-file is open until April 30.

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

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.

See Correct or change 1099s in QuickBooks to learn how to fix incorrect 1099s.

Check the 1099 filings tab first

  1. Go to QuickBooks Online.
  2. Go to Taxes, then 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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