Form 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous Income)
Form 1099-MISC, reporting miscellaneous income, is used to report payments for services performed for a business by people not treated as its employees (for example, payments to subcontractors, rent payments or prizes). A 1099-MISC Form must be provided to the recipient and a copy mailed to or e-filed with the IRS.
The Form 1099 Filing Process
Subcontractors, Rental Payments or Prize
Depends on each state
IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR THE 2016 TAX YEAR
*Provide 2016 Form 1099 to all Recipients
Paper Filing Deadline to send the 2016 Form 1099
E-file Deadline for 2016 IRS
Note : The above set of deadlines are applicable only while reporting non-employee compensation payments available in box 7 of the 1099-MISC Form otherwise February 28, 2017 is the paper filing deadline and March 31, 2017, is the e-filing deadline.
WHO NEEDS TO FILE FORM 1099-MISC?
A Form 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous Income) must be filed for each person to whom a payer paid the following during the tax year:
- At least $10 in royalties or broker payments in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest;
- At least $600 in rents, services (including parts and materials), prizes and awards, other income payments, medical and health care payments, crop insurance proceeds, cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) you purchase from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish, or, generally, the cash paid from a notional principal contract to an individual, partnership, or estate.
- Any fishing boat proceeds
- Gross proceeds of $600 or more paid to an attorney, or withheld federal income tax under the backup withholding rules regardless of the amount of the payment.
One must also file a Form 1099-MISC if at least $5,000 of consumer products were sold to a buyer for resale anywhere other than a permanent retail establishment.
WHERE CAN I FILE FORM 1099-MISC?
If you are filing 250 or more returns you are required to file electronically. However, the IRS encourages you to file electronically even if you are filing less than 250 returns. ExpressTaxFilings.com is the easiest way to file - we transmit everything to the IRS for you! You can print paper copies and mail them to the IRS and your recipients. For more information regarding IRS Form 1099-MISC visit https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1099msc.pdf
STEPS TO E-FILE FORM 1099-MISC
- Sign into your ExpressTaxFilings account
- Start a Form 1099-MISC return
- Add payer details (Name, EIN, Address)
- Select a recipient (Name, SSN/EIN, Address)
- Enter federal details for miscellaneous income including Boxes 1-10 of Form 1099-MISC
- Enter state information & state taxes withheld for each applicable state
- Review your order & select whether you would like the form mailed to the recipient
- Add a credit card for the filing fee
- E-file the Form 1099-MISC with the IRS
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Penalties for failing to file Form 1099-MISC
If you fail to file a correct information return by the due date and you cannot show reasonable cause, you may be subject to a penalty. The penalty applies if you fail to file timely, you fail to include all information required to be shown on a return, or you include incorrect information on a return.
The penalty also applies if you file on paper when you were required to file electronically, you report an incorrect TIN or fail to report a TIN, or you fail to file paper forms that are machine readable.
The amount of the penalty is based on when you file the correct information return. The penalty is:
- $30 per information return if you correctly file within 30 days (by March 30 if the due date is February 29); maximum penalty $250,000 per year ($75,000 for small businesses*).
- $60 per information return if you correctly file more than 30 days after the due date but by August 1; maximum penalty $500,000 per year ($200,000 for small businesses*).
- $100 per information return if you file after August 1 or you do not file required information returns; maximum penalty $1,500,000 per year ($500,000 for small businesses*).
*Small businesses—lower maximum penalties. You are a small business if your average annual gross receipts for the 3 most recent tax years (or for the period you were in existence, if shorter) ending before the calendar year in which the information returns were due are $5 million or less.