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ASCII to report 1099 for State

I use Intuit 1099 E-File Service to do 1099-MISC reporting for my subcontractors.


After submitting it to IRS and downloading PDF files for the recipient and my own records, I am facing a question if I still need to send a copy to the State - in my case Massachusetts.


Here's the problem... If I submit through Intuit E-File Service, it doesn't appear to also take care of State filing; the PDF it provides is not accepted by Massachusetts Dept of Rev and they also do not accept printouts from PDF. In the MassTax Connect portal which I use to file my State income tax and Sales Tax, there's an option to submit bulk file for 1099 reporting, but it requires ASCII file format in plain TXT. This format doesn't appear to be provided as option by Intuit. Following advice on one of the websites, I've opened PDF and then tried saving it to plain TXT file, but this method doesn't save anything that was filled out like the Payer's and Recipient's names, addresses, compensation, etc.


What is the best solution to this problem? I've looked for software that generates a file according to the specifications in Pub. 1220, but it's all Windows only (I'm on a Mac). Would it be okay to edit the TXT file to include all the missing Payer and Recipient information to match what's already in PDF?

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Michael K

ASCII to report 1099 for State

Hey there, @rafs. Thanks for reaching out to us.


Our engineering team has been notified of the issue and are currently working to resolve it. I recommend reaching out to our QuickBooks Desktop Support Team so that you can be added to the list of affected users and get notified of updates. In the meantime, you'll need to print and file the form manually until this is resolved. I've outlined the steps for getting in touch with the Support Team below.


  1. Open QuickBooks.
  2. Go to Help, then select QuickBooks Desktop Help.
  3. Select Contact Us.
  4. Give a brief description of your issue, then select Continue.
  5. We’ll provide you a few support options. Select which one is best for you.


Keep me updated here. I want to ensure you get back to business as soon as possible. Hope you have a safe week ahead!

Level 1

ASCII to report 1099 for State

I'm using Intuit's web based '1099 E-File Service' available at I do not have Quickbooks software

QuickBooks Team

ASCII to report 1099 for State

Thanks for clarifying what product you're using, rafs.


You can edit the file to include the missing payer and recipient information. However, I'd also recommend reaching out to your state agency if they would accept a .txt file for 1099 filing. 


You'll also want to look or use an available Windows PC so you can utilize the services offered by other software providers. 


The Community is always here if you need anything else. 

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