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Guide to Filing 1099-MISC Forms for Contractors

1099-MISC filing for contractors is a big job - the more contractors you have, the more time it takes. Figuring out how to file 1099-MISC by the deadline is at the top of every bookkeeper's mind in January.

Deciding which forms will work with your software, getting the data to align in the boxes, folding forms, stuffing envelopes and all that postage ends up costing you time and money.

We're here to make it easier! This guide to filing 1099s for contractors has all the information you need to find the right solution to get this annual project done on time, easily and accurately.

Included in this Guide to Filing 1099-MISC Forms
- Changes to 1099 for 2016
- Options for Filing
- Choosing the Right Forms
- Filing Deadlines
- Order Forms, Software or Online Filing



1099-MISC CHANGES for 2017

Due date for 1099MISC when Box 7 is used changed last year. Public Law 114-113, Division Q, section 201, requires Form 1099-MISC to be filed on or before January 31, 2018, when you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in box 7. Otherwise, file by February 28, 2018, if you file on paper, or by March 31, 2018, if you file electronically. The due dates for furnishing payee statements remain the same.

Other 1099 Form Changes

1042-S Forms: Boxes 13e thru 17c have been reformatted.

1098 Forms: Changed from a 3up form to a 2up form, verbiage has been updated.

1099-OID Forms: Boxes have been repositioned and verbiage has changed.

1099-S Forms: Some boxes have been reformatted and verbiage has been updated.

ACA Forms: No forms have been approved as of August 2017. Stay tuned for updates.


Official 1099-MISC Instructions for 2017





Guide to Filing 1099-MISC
Forms for Contractors

OPTIONS FOR 1099-MISC FILING

1099 and W-2 forms for accounting software such as QuickBooksYour Accounting Software

If your accounting software prints 1099 forms, you can purchase compatible forms and envelopes. The program will summarize all of the data for each contractor and print recipient and government copies.
It is important to purchase forms that match the layout used in your software.

Specialized 1099 Software

If your accounting software doesn't print the forms, specialized 1099 software is available. You can import or manually enter employee and recipient data, then print all the forms you need. E-filing is also typically available in these programs.

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Online 1099-MISC Filing

The newest, and easiest way to file less than 50 of Form 1099-MISC! Online filing takes care of printing and mailing to recipients, as well as e-filing with Federal and State Governments.

You simply type in the data or import it from your accounting software. The online filing system will do the rest!

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REMEMBER! E-filing is required for 250 or more forms,
but you can e-file as few as one.

1099-MISC FORMS

Software programs use different formats for printing 1099 Forms.


Preprinted 1099 Forms

Preprinted 1099 & W-2 FormsForms preprinted with boxes on front and recipient instructions on back.

Use with software prints the data in the boxes.

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Blank 1099 Forms

Blank 1099 and W2 Form PaperBlank 1099 forms are perforated and some have recipient instructions printed on the back.

Use with software that prints the form data and boxes.


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Choosing the Right 1099 Forms

1] Which 1099 Form to Use

1099-MISC is the most common for Small Businesses. 1099 MISC for Construction Company Contractors These are the forms to use for subcontractors and consultants.
You are required to file a 1099-MISC when $600 or more in payments have been made to contractors.

Read more about 1099-MISC requirements >

There are many other 1099s for other reporting circumstances. Click for a complete list of all the types of 1099 Forms and their uses.


2] Number of Parts

1099 Forms and Envelopes for Contractors on DiscountTaxForms.comThe number of parts you need is based on where you need to file - Federal Only, State or City.
1099-MISC Parts Required:

Copy A: Federal Copy for filing with the IRS

Copy B: Recipient Copy

Copy C: Payer Copy

Copy D/1/2: State and local filing

3] Type of Forms

If your software will print only the recipient and payer data , use preprinted 1099 forms

If your software will print the data and the boxes for the form, purchase blank 1099 forms

If you are using a typewriter, purchase pin-fed, continuous 1099 forms.





If you use Quickbooks,
read our blog post:

How to Print 1099 Forms from QuickBooks

1099 State Requirements

3-Part States:

AK, CO, FL, IL, KY,
MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ,
NM, NV, OH, RI, SD,
TN, TX, VT, WV, WY

4-Part States:

AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DE,
DC, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, LS,
LA, MA, MN, MO, MS, MT,
NC, ND, NY, NYC, OK, OR,
PA, SC, UT, VA, WI

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1099 Copy Requirements
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Donít forget 1099 Envelopes.

Order compatible envelopes to
ensure mailing information aligns
correctly in the windows.

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Order 1096 Transmittal Forms
When mailing Copy A forms to the IRS, include one 1096 form for each payer.

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To easily file 50 or less forms, Online Filing could be great option! Visit
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2016 Deadlines for 1099-MISC

Federal 1099 & W-2 Deadlines

January 31, 2017

2016 Recipient Copies Postmarked

1099 Recipient Copies B / C / 2 mailed to recipient

February 28, 2017

Paper forms filed with the government

1099 Form Copy A, along with 1096 Transmittals, mailed to the IRS

March 31, 2017

E-filed forms with the government

1099 Forms E-filed to the IRS

1099 & W-2 Filing Deadlines for Federal and States in 2014State Deadlines

Most states have the same deadlines as the Federal Copies.

However, some require additional reconciliation forms, which vary by state.
Contact your state and refer to their requirements for details.

Most states accept E-filed 1099s.


1099 & W2 Filing Information for Small Businesses
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1099 & W-2 Filing for
Small Business >



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No payment is required until you submit forms!

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