Before 2020, if your business hired contracted workers or freelancers then you issued 1099-MISC Forms Online. Last year IRS introduced a new Form 1099-NEC Filing used just for reporting independent contractor income, what is officially known as “non-employee compensation.” If you appoint contractors or contract with non-profits, this blog is for you!
The 1099-NEC was reintroduced to address confusion created by the PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act of 2015 that established different due dates for the various types of income reported on the 1099-MISC, leading to unexpected penalty notices for filers. The renewed 1099-NEC form separates out nonemployee compensation from other sections of the 1099-MISC and imposes a filing deadline of Jan 31, 2022.
What is Form 1099-NEC?
As mentioned, the 1099-NEC Form is a relatively new form used specifically to report non-employee compensation. The IRS currently describes this as payments to individuals not on payroll on a contracted basis to complete any such project or assignment. This could include independent contractors, gig workers, or self-employed individuals who previously had any payments to them reported on box 7 of a 1099-MISC form.
1099-NEC vs. 1099-MISC
Although 1099-NEC Form Online is now used to report independent contractor income, the 1099-MISC Form Online is still around. It is used to report miscellaneous income such as rent or payments to a counselor.
Since both forms are in use, contractor payments in 2020 and beyond will be reported on the new form 1099-NEC. The due date for the 1099-NEC is January 31st of the year following the applicable tax year. As usual, if January 31st does not fall on a business, the due date will be extended to the next business day.
The 1099-MISC is due March 1st if filed by paper and March 31st if filed electronically. Just as with the 1099-NEC deadline, if these dates do not fall on a business day, they will be extended to the next business day.
Who requires a Form 1099-NEC?
If your business hired a contractor and paid them more than $600 in a year, it’s your responsibility to file a Form 1099-NEC with the IRS and send a copy to the contractor. However, if the independent contractor is registered as a C-corp or S-corp, a 1099-NEC will not be required.
You do not have to file a Form 1099-NEC for the employees for paying the wages, tips, and other compensation during a tax year. Instead, a Form W-2 Online would be submitted to ensure it captures information on taxes paid by both the employee and employer. If you would like more information on the difference between employees vs. contractors, check out our blog on this topic!
Who requires 1099-MISC?
If an individual or LLC was paid at least $600 or more during a year in rent paid, legal settlements, or prize or award winnings by your organization, you are required to file a 1099-MISC with the IRS and mail the recipient copy.
Who files the Form 1099-NEC Online?
If your non-profit hired a contractor and paid them $600 or more in a year, they will need to file a Form 1099-NEC with the IRS and send a copy to the contractor.
How do you file Form 1099-NEC?
You currently cannot download a 1099-NEC Form Online. You will have to order forms from the IRS website or file online using the IRS FIRE system. Use the service of Taxseer.com, a leading IRS-approved eFile vendor, to file form 1099-NEC online to electronically transmit forms data to the IRS system within minutes. You can also choose the mail service option to automatically mail the recipient copies before the IRS due date of 31st Jan 2022.
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