There are various ‘Copies’, or parts, of a W-2 form, each with a different name. Although they will have the same information about the employer and employee, earnings and withholdings, each copy is given to a different entity. This ensures correct reporting during the income tax filing process. W-2 Forms are filled out by the employer and provided to the employee or a government agency.
1099-MISC ‘Copies’, or parts, report income to recipients and government agencies and help ensure accuracy of income tax filing. They include identical information about the payer and recipient, payments and withholdings, but each copy is given to a different entity. 1099-MISC Forms are filled out by the payer and provided to the recipient or a government agency.
An overview of your options for 1099 and W2 filing, how to choose the right forms, filing deadlines and more.
You do not need to correct a 1099 the same way you filed it, so if you mailed a paper copy, you can e-file a correction, or vice versa. However, if you have 250 or more corrections that need to be filed, they MUST be e-filed with the IRS.
Why not? They’re free, right? Sure, they’re free. But this is definitely a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. Here is a list of things that regularly go wrong when you order 1099 and W2 Forms from the IRS.