What are the differences between Form 1099-NEC and Form 1099-MISC?

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Before 2020, businesses owners used Form 1099-MISC to report nonemployee compensation and other types of payments. However, in 2020, Form 1099-NEC made a return after more than 30 years!

If you are a business owner that pays contractors or vendors, you are probably quite familiar with filling 1099 forms. However, now that 1099-NEC has been reintroduced, it’s important you understand the differences between Form 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC so that you can fill out, distribute, and file the correct form. 

123PayStubs supports e-filing for both Form 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC. With 123PayStubs you can quickly and securely file your returns! Below, we will discuss Forms 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC and how they differ. Continue reading to learn more about which form you need to file: 

Form 1099-NEC

IRS Form 1099-NEC is used to report payments ($600 or more) made to nonemployees. Previously, this was reported on box 7 of Form 1099-MISC. Now, the IRS has separated the reporting for nonemployee compensation by reintroduction Form 1099-NEC for the 2020 tax year. 

Who is responsible for filing Form 1099-NEC? 

The IRS requires businesses/individuals to complete a Form 1099-NEC for any nonemployee person to whom they paid $600 or more during the year. The following conditions also apply: 

  • Made payments to individuals who are not on your payroll
  • Paid an individual, estate, partnership, or corporation
  • Made payments for services related to your trade or business 

When is Form 1099-NEC due? 

Form 1099-NEC is due by January 31, 2022. Businesses should provide Form 1099-NEC to recipients by January 31, of the following year. 

What information is required to file Form 1099-NEC online? 

  1. Payer Details: name, TIN, and address
  2. Recipient Details: name, TIN, and address
  3. Nonemployee Compensation
  4. Federal Income Tax Withheld 
    1. Federal details: miscellaneous incomes and federal tax withheld
  5. State Filing Details: state income, payer state number, and state tax withheld 

Form 1099-MISC

IRS Form 1099-MIDC is an IRS tax form used to report the miscellaneous payments made to other self-employed people during the calendar year. Form 1099-MISC is also used to report payments made for rent, fishing boat proceeds, medical and health care payments, prized, awards, and more. 

Who is responsible for filing Form 1099-MISC? 

You must file Form 1099-MISC for each person you give the following types of payments to during the tax year: 

  • At least $10 in royalties or broker payments in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest
  • At least $600 in the following 
    • Rents
    • Prizes and awards
    • Other income payments
    • Medical and health care payments
    • Payments to an attorney
    • Crop insurance process
    • Cash paid from a notional principal contract to an individual, partnership, or estate
    • Any fishing boat proceeds
    • Section 409A deferrals 
    • Nonqualified deferred compensation 

You should also use Form 1099-MISC to report payments made for direct sales of more than $5,000 of consumer products for resale anywhere other than a permanent retail establishment. 

When is Form 1099-MISC due? 

Recipient copies of Form 1099-MISC are due by January 31, 2022. The electronic filing deadline is March 31, 2022.  

What information is required to file Form 1099-MISC online? 

  1. Payer Details: name, EIN, and address
  2. Recipient Details: name, EIN/Social Security, and address
  3. Federal Details: Miscellaneous incomes and federal tax withheld 
  4. State Filing Details: State income, payer state number, and state tax withholding 

Copies of Form 1099 NEC/MISC

If you are filing Form 1099 NEC or 1099 MISC, you will need to send copies of the Forms to various places. Fortunately, the copies for Form 1099 NEC/MISC go to the same places. 

  • Copy A: The IRS
  • Copy 1: State tax department, if applicable
  • Copy B: Recipient (independent contractor or vendor)
  • Copy 2: Recipient (independent contractor or vendor)
  • Copy C: Keep in your business record 

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