The IRS has reintroduced Form 1099-NEC as the new way to report self-employment income instead of Form 1099-MISC as it had been traditionally used. This was done to help clarify the different filing deadlines for the 1099-MISC compared to the filing deadline for the 1099-NEC. Form 1099-nec will be used beginning in tax year 2020.
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Starting in tax year 2020, the IRS will require businesses to report non-employee compensation on the new Form 1099-NEC instead of Form 1099-MISC. Businesses will use this form if they made payments totaling $600 or more to certain non-employees, such as an independent contractor.
if you are self-employed:
- You can expect to receive this new form from a company that paid you $600 or more in non-employee compensation in tax year 2020 or later.
- You should receive these forms by January 31 of each year and use them to prepare your tax return.
why did the irs reintroduce 1099-nec?
Prior to its reintroduction, the last time the 1099-nec was used was in 1982. Since then, prior to tax year 2020, businesses typically filed the 1099-misc to report payments totaling $600 or plus to a non-employee for certain payments. of a trade or business. these payments generally represent non-employee compensation and, until now, would generally appear on 1099-misc box 7.
To help clarify the different filing deadlines when reporting different types of payments on Form 1099-MISC, the IRS has decided to reintroduce Form 1099-NEC, which has a single filing deadline for all payments using the form.
what is non-employee compensation?
The IRS explains that, in general, you must report the payments you make if they meet the following four conditions:
- the payment is made to someone other than your employee
- payment is made for services in the course of your trade or business
- payment is made to an individual, partnership, estate or, in some cases, a corporation
- total payment is at least $600 per year
In addition, businesses will need to file Form 1099-nec if the business has withheld any federal income tax under the backup withholding rules, regardless of the number of payments for the year to the non-employee.
non-employee compensation may include:
- awards and recognition for services rendered by a non-employee
- other forms of compensation for services rendered for your trade or business by a person who is not your employee
- Non-employee compensation reported in box 1 of the 1099-nec form is generally reported as self-employment income and is likely subject to self-employment tax.
- Payments to individuals that are not required to be reported on the 1099-nec will generally be reported on the 1099-misc.
- commissions paid to non-employee salespeople that are subject to reimbursement but not paid during the year
- fees for professional services, such as fees from attorneys (including corporations), accountants, architects, contractors, etc.
- fees paid by one professional to another, such as referral fees or fee splitting
- attorney payments to witnesses or experts in legal adjudication
- payment for services, including payments for parts or materials used to provide the services
- The largest adjustment occurs in Box 7, which previously reported non-employee compensation, but now reports direct sales of $5,000 or more.
- other information reported on the form will now be displayed in renumbered boxes.
What details do I need to know about updating the 1099-nec form?
Self-employed individuals should not see personal payments made during the year on the new form. instead, your form should only report payments made as compensation related to the company’s trade or business.
The IRS provides a more complete list of the types of payments that would be reported in Box 1.
some examples include:
who needs to file the 1099-nec?
Any business that makes non-employee compensation payments totaling $600 or more to at least one payee or withholds federal income tax from a non-employee payment will now use this renewed form to report those payments and withholdings.
Payers generally must file these forms by January 31 and do not have automatic 30-day extensions to file them unless the business meets certain hardship conditions.
what about the 1099-misc form?
Because the IRS eliminated non-employee compensation reporting from the 1099-misc form for tax year 2020 and beyond, the IRS redesigned that form as well.
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