2020 1099 & W-2 Guides for Small Business
Choose the right filing method, right forms, and get everything done on time, easily.
Easy-to-use 1099 & W2 Guides help small business alleviate the confusion, reduce errors, file faster and understand the process better. Let the experts at Discount Tax Forms help you!
NEW 1099NEC FORMS –
This is HUGE!!!
If you have used 1099MISC in the past to report non-employee compensation in box 7, you MUST USE NEW 1099NEC FORMS in 2020.
We have official forms, blank perforated paper, pressure seal forms, carbonless forms, compatible envelopes and everything you need for easy printing.
Online Filing Makes it All Easier
If you want to skip the hassles of printing and mailing forms, check out our Discount Efile system! You enter or import the data and we do the rest – including e-filing.
Plus, if you file 100 or more forms, you are required to e-file in 2020.
Industry-Specific Guides to Filing 1099 and W2 Forms
Filing Requirements Overview
Deadlines for 2020 1099 & W-2 Filing
February 1, 2021
(January 31 is a Sunday)
All 1099 Recipient Copies B / C / 2 mailed to recipient
W-2 Employee Copies B / C / 2 mailed to employees
1099-NEC for contractors - Copy A forms to IRS (via mail or e-file, which is required for 100+ forms)
W2 Copy A to IRS (mailed or e-filed)
March 1, 2021 - Paper 1099 Copy A forms to IRS
(February 28 is a Sunday)
1099 Form Copy A, along with 1096 Transmittals, mailed to the IRS for all 1099 forms except 1099-NEC with non-employee compensation, which are due January 31.
March 31, 2021 - E-file 1099 forms with IRS
1099 Forms E-filed to the IRS, except 1099-NEC with non-employee compensation, which are due January 31.
Instantly print, mail and e-file your 1099 and W-2 forms.
Simply enter your data, or import it from QuickBooks®, then click a few buttons and you're done.
We print and mail recipient copies, plus e-file with the government, for around $4 per form.
**IF YOU FILE MORE THAN 100 W2 or 1099 FORMS, YOU MUST E-FILE FOR 2020**
Decoding W-2 Formats
2up W2 Forms
2 forms per sheet, all blank paper can include employee instructions on the back.
Use them for Official W2 forms (2 of the same copies) or condensed 2up employee Copies B/C for federal filing.
3up W2 Forms
3 forms on a sheet, typically with a vertical size strip to remove before mailing.
Use for condensed 3up W2 forms for employees, Copies B/C/2 for federal and state filing.
4up W2 Forms
4 forms on a single sheet, perforated into quadrants or horizontal sections depending on your software.
Use for 8pt W2 printing of employee Copies B/C/2/2 for federal, state and local filing.
Tips for Easier W2 Filing
Check your software for supported formats:
- Preprinted forms (prints data on a pre-made form) or
- Blank paper (prints data and boxes on a perforated sheet)
- 2up, 3up or 4up forms
- Be sure your envelope windows match!
W3 Transmittal forms must be mailed with Red Copy A forms. We include a couple FREE W3 forms with each W2 order.
Online filing is an option! DiscountEfile.com lets you enter or import data, and then takes care of the rest. Your forms are e-filed with the IRS/SSA and mailed to employees automatically. With a few clicks, you're done! Learn more.