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The 1099 NEC format has changed

Did QB change to 3 part 1099 NEC?
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The 1099 NEC format has changed

Hello there, @kristin.thrift.


Yes, QuickBooks updated the 1099 NEC form to print 3-part 1099s as there was a change in the printing format this year.


For further details about 1099-NEC, here's an article from IRS: Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC. It contains the complete set of instructions and the latest information about the form.


For future help, here are some links that you can visit when preparing your year-end tasks:


Let us know if you still have other questions about the 1099 forms. We'll be here to help. Have a great day!

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I am unable to print 1099's. The 1096 prints just fine after going through the wizard, but the 1099's won't print. Haven't had a problem before this year. I've made sure all updates are current, tried restarting QB and even restarted my computer. No luck. Help please!!


The 1099 NEC format has changed

I'll make sure you're able to print your Form 1099s, @Queen0fCheese. This way, you can file them on time and keep your account updated.


Based on your description of your issue above, I can tell that you want to print 1099s using QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT). To do this, you'll have to keep your software updated and make sure you're on the latest releases with appropriate ULIPs applied (Critical Fixes). This way, you're able to map your 1099 accounts accordingly and print the form accordingly.


Here's how:


  1. Go to the Help menu.
  2. Select Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Select Mark All and then click Save
  5. Go to the Update Now tab.
  6. Select the Reset Update checkbox.
  7. When you're ready, select Get Updates
  8. Close and reopen QuickBooks.


Once you're done, process and print your 1099 forms again. 


Also, to learn more about 1099 boxes and view answers to the most frequently asked questions about the form, I would encourage you to go over these articles below:



Keep me posted if you have other 1099 concerns and questions about managing vendor transactions in QBDT. Please don't hesitate to drop a comment below, and I'll gladly help. Take care, and I wish you continued success, @Queen0fCheese.

Level 2

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I did all of that twice and I still can't print my 1099-NEC forms, your chat is not open and the call center doesn't call back.  


Level 2

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I"m having the same issue.  I've done that process of updating twice and I still can't print the 1099-NEC forms.  It comes out in 1099-MISC format. 

Also, your chats are closed and no one returns calls on the "call-back" feature. 

Level 2

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I went back to check the "Critical Files" update to see if it shows it was downloaded.  It said "pending".  I turned off the computer and restarted, then it showed "Error #15240" 


What do I do? 

QuickBooks Team

The 1099 NEC format has changed

Hi there, @CGreaver.  


Thanks for posting in the Community and following the suggested steps above. I'm here to help make sure you can print your Form 1099-NEC in QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT).


The error 15240 is usually caused by misconfiguration of the Internet Explorer security settings, firewall settings, or system date and time settings. To fix the error, run QuickBooks as administrator. Just right-click the QuickBooks icon on your Desktop, then select Run as Administrator.


If you're still getting the same result, follow solution 2 to 5 in this article: Fix Error 15240.


If the issue persist, let's run the QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair Tool. This tool will help us resolve common printing issues in QBDT.


To start, let's download the QuickBooks Tool Hub. Here's how to do it:  


  1. Close QBDT.
  2. Download the most recent version of the QuickBooks Tool Hub. Save it somewhere you can easily find it (like your Downloads folder or your Windows desktop).
  3. Open the file you downloaded (QuickBooksToolHub.exe).
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to install and agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Double-click the icon on your Windows desktop to open the tool hub once the installation is complete.


Then, open the Tool Hub to run the QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair Tool. Simply go to Program Problems and select QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair Tool


After that, return to the 1099 Wizard in QBDT to check if you can now print the Form 1099-NEC. For more information about fixing printing issues in QBDT, consider checking out this article: Troubleshoot Issues With Printing And .PDF Files.


Moreover, you can check out our Year-End Guide for QuickBooks Desktop. This will provide you with some info on what you'll need to do when closing your books and preparing for the new one.


know if you have follow-up questions about printing forms or anything else in QuickBooks, @CGreaver. I'm always ready to help. Take care and have a good one.

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I have followed your instructions 3x and I still cannot get the 1099 NEC to print 3 to a page.  Critical Fixes shows that it is updated and nothing to fix.  I have got to get these to clients today...any other ideas?  I am using QB version 2021.  Please help!

QuickBooks Team

The 1099 NEC format has changed

Hi there, @bLanib. I can share with you some additional troubleshooting steps so you can print your 1099 NEC form to print 3-part.


If you haven't yet, I suggest updating your software to the latest release with appropriate ULIPs applied (Critical Fixes) as suggested by Rea_M above. This way, you're able to map and print your 1099s accordingly. If you have a payroll service, you can also download the latest tax table update following these steps:


  1. Go to the Employees, then select Get Payroll Updates.
  2. Select the Download Entire Update checkbox.
  3. Tap on Download Latest Update. An informational window appears when the download is complete.


Once done, prepare and print your 1099s again.


Just in case you're getting the same result, I recommend reaching out to our Support Team to isolate the issue. A live representative can look into your account securely, then investigate the issue you had with 1099 printing.


If you have any other follow-up questions about 1099s, let me know by adding a comment below. I'm more than happy to help. Have a good one!

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I did the update and it is still printing on the two to a page format.  Any other suggestions?

QuickBooks Team

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I appreciate you for updating your QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT), @MBCC21.


Allow me to join this discussion and share some insights to help resolve this issue.


Just want to make sure I give you the best fix for printing your 1099-NEC form. Were you able to select the Reset Update box while updating your QBDT as suggested by my colleague Rea_M above? ? If not, I recommend redoing the process and ensure to select the Reset Update option.


If you have, and the issue persists, you'll want to restart your QBDT for the updates to take effect. Restarting your computer also helps fix the issue.


After that, you can print your 1099s whenever you're ready.


In case you're having trouble processing your 1099s in QuickBooks, you can follow this link for instructions: Fix missing contractors or incorrect amounts on 1099s.


You can always include any additional questions or concerns about printing your 1099s in your response. I'm always available to help you at any moment. Have a wonderful day!

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I did all of the above.  Now my Map Vendor payments accounts page has all box 15 and will not let me change it.

QuickBooks Team

The 1099 NEC format has changed

Hi MBCC21!

I know the reason why they are all mapped to Box 15. Allow me to help you.

Please note that QuickBooks Desktop only allows you to map one account to one type of 1099. We'll need to remove these accounts from the 1099-MISC so you can use them in the 1099-NEC.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Vendors menu, hover over 1099 Forms, and select the Print/e-file 1099 forms.
  2. Choose Form 1099-MISC and click Get started.
  3. Click Continue until the third step (Map Accounts).
  4. Find the account you want to use on the 1099-NEC. Under Apply payments to this 1099 box column, select Omit these payments from 1099.
  5. Tap Save & Close.


Once done, go back to the 1099-NEC account mapping and you should be able to select the appropriate box for these accounts.

In addition, I added these articles to help you in preparing 1099 forms in QuickBooks Desktop:

Shoot me a reply if you have other concerns with tax forms. Take care!

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

1. That's ridiculous! 

2. I don't classify transactions based on whether it's a 1099 payment or not! 

3.  My chart of accounts is for helping the company manage their business...  not be driven by the IRS!

4.  If I can only use one account for 1099-NEC payments, then even if I pay a local plumber for the EXPENSE of working on my drains and would normally classify that expense to the account "Maintenance" or "Facilities" or something, now I'm forced to classify it to the special account for 1099-eligible payments.  

5.  Y'all need to imagine a world without government mandates and maybe write software that serves the user.

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

Hi I have tried many of the updates on the system, but to no avail. Can you assist or walk me through trying to print the 1099 nec form?

QuickBooks Team

The 1099 NEC format has changed

I appreciate you for joining the thread, Marvel. I'm here to help you with printing your 1099-NEC form.


I understand that you've updated QuickBooks, but let's start by updating your QuickBooks Desktop file again and selecting the Reset Update checkbox to get the latest available release for your 1099s to print correctly. Once done, you're now ready to print your form.

  1. Create your 1099s in QuickBooks.
  2. In the Choose a filing method window, select the Print 1099-NEC.
  3. Specify the date range for the forms then choose OK.
  4. Select all vendors you wish to print 1099s for.
  5. Tap on the Print 1099 button. 
  6. Confirm your printer settings then select Print.


You can check out this article for more information: Print your 1099 forms. The same resource gives you details on how to print the form using other QuickBooks products.


To get detailed information about 1099s, you can also download the IRS general instructions for 1099 forms.


Leave a comment below if you have any other questions while printing your 1099s. I'll be right here to provide additional assistance. Keep safe!

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

Thank you for the updates however they did not work I still have the same 1099 nec format (old).

QuickBooks Team

The 1099 NEC format has changed

Thank you for getting back to us after updating your QuickBooks version, @Marvel450. Let me add some information to get an updated 1099-NEC.


Since you're still getting the old format, let's ensure that you installed the latest release versions of QuickBooks Desktop. These updates are needed so you can print the new format of 1099-NEC. Press F2 on your keyboard and check the following:


  • QuickBooks 2022 - R3_71 (or later)
  • QuickBooks 2021 - R8_62 (or later)
  • QuickBooks 2020 - RR13_39 (or later)
  • QuickBooks 2019 - R16_55 (or later)


If you're using QuickBooks Desktop in multi-user mode, instruct your users to sign out for a bit, then log in as an administrator to finish the upgrade. If you have an anti-virus or firewall, check the settings and ensure the download isn't blocked.


If you're still getting the old format, make sure to check and troubleshoot the settings in QuickBooks Desktop and Internet Explorer. Then, set up QuickBooks Desktop's firewall and internet security settings.


Now, if you're still getting the old format, I recommend contacting our customer support so an agent can check and see your file.


Once it's fixed, you can now continue creating and printing your 1099 forms.


Don't hesitate to Reply if you require any further help about 1099-NEC in QuickBooks Desktop. The Community team is here to guide you.

Level 1

The 1099 NEC format has changed

This worked thank you so much!!!

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