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1099-NEC Wizard

I am running QuickBooks Accountant Desktop 2020.  When I try to use the 1099 Wizard, it tells me to update QuickBooks.  I have done that, but I still get the message that I have to update QuickBooks. I can't run the wizard.  Any ideas on how to correct this problem?


1099-NEC Wizard

Let me help you with updating your QuickBooks Desktop so you can run the 1099-NEC wizard, Rileythecat.


Downloading the latest tax table is a good start when it comes to fixing 1099-related issues in QuickBooks.


After that, let's update your QuickBooks Desktop to its latest release to synchronize the changes. Here's how:


  1. Click Help at the top menu bar and choose Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Go to the Update Now tab.
  3. Select the Reset Update and click Get Updates to start the download.
  4. Once done. Hit OK and restart QuickBooks.
  5. When prompted, accept the option to install the new release.

If you're in a hosted environment, you will need to wait for the host to update their QuickBooks to its latest release. Once updated, you can start running your 1099-NEC wizard. You can read through this article to know more about the new 1099-NEC form as well as a link on how to file them: Understanding payment categories for the 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.


If you have additional questions about 1099-NEC or need further assistance with QuickBooks, please let me know. I'll be here to keep helping. Have a great rest of your day!

Level 1

1099-NEC Wizard

Hello.  I have followed these suggested steps and there is still no 1099 NEC Wizard available.  Any other suggestions?  I have 2017 Contractor Edition and do not use payroll. Thanks

QuickBooks Team

1099-NEC Wizard

Hi there, Sjsbb.


I'm happy to help you out today. The 1099-NEC Wizard is available for all supported versions of the QuickBooks product. You can follow the steps found in this helpful article to access the 1099 Wizard. If you aren't having any luck accessing the Wizard, I suggest contacting our QuickBooks Support Team. They have the tools to pull your account and investigate the cause of the issue.

  1. Press F1 to open the Help window.
  2. From the search icon, type Contact Support.
  3. Click Contact us at the bottom part.
  4. Give a brief description of your issue about download the 1099-NEC update and click the Search button.
  5. You'll be routed with How to connect with a QuickBooks expert and you choose which one is best for you.

For more information about 1099 forms in QBDT and when to file them, you can check out this article: Learn what 1099 forms there are and how you can prepare for the 2020 tax season. I've also included a link in which will guide you when filing your 1099 form in the IRS: Tax Year 2020 - Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.


If there's anything else I can do to help, feel free to post here anytime. Thanks and I hope you have a lovely weekend. 



TBO Harry
Level 1

1099-NEC Wizard

I did what you suggested but I am coming up with error #15242.  I have QuickBooks Pro 2019


QuickBooks Team

1099-NEC Wizard

Thanks for joining us here in the Community, @TBO Harry.


QuickBooks error 15242 will typically occur when Intuit FCS Service is disabled. These are possible reasons:

  • A corrupt download/ incomplete QuickBooks installation.
  • Corruption in the Windows registry because of the recent QuickBooks software change, probably an installation or Uninstalling it.
  • Intuit FCS Service is not running.
  • Anti-Virus is blocking access to download the latest file.

There are various solutions to resolve this issue. Before doing so, make sure to create a backup copy of your company file to prevent data loss.


After that, let's start with enabling the QuickBooks Desktop File Copy Service(FCS).


Here's how:

  1. Click Windows+R keys on your keyboard to open the Run window.
  2. Type COMPMGMT.MSC into the Run command and click on OK.
  3. The Computer Management window will open, then press on Services and Applications.
  4. Click on Services.
  5. Scroll the cursor down until you found Intuit QuickBooks FCS and make a double click on it.
  6. Click on Startup type and choose Manual.
  7. Select Apply.
  8. Click OK.

Once done, re-validate the payroll's service key to refresh the connection. I'll guide you how:


  1. Go to the Employees menu.
  2. Choose My Payroll Service.
  3. Select Activate Service Key
  4. Under the Service Keys window, highlight the current payroll and select Edit.
  5. Click on Next until finish comes up.

If the issue persists after trying these steps, I recommend repairing your QuickBooks and run the latest tax table updates afterward. Here are the links that you can visit on how to perform the process:

Stay in touch with us if you have other questions. I'm always here to help. Take care!

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