Form 1099 MISC- Line by Line Instructions

Updated on December 31, 2021 - 10:30 am by TaxBandits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects every business owner to file Form 1099-MISC to report miscellaneous payments made to the independent contractors for their work.

For the tax year 2020, payers have to report non employee compensations on a new separate form, the 1099-NEC. In past years, non-employee compensation has been reported on Form 1099-MISC Box 7. The Form 1099-NEC was reactivated to eliminate the ambiguity of two deadlines for the same form.

Although newly redesigned and rearranged, Form 1099-MISC is still used to report miscellaneous payments. Let's explore these changes and learn how to file your returns using line-by-line Instructions.

The following are the topics covered under this :

1. What’s new in Form 1099-MISC for 2021?

IRS Form 1099-MISC is used to report the miscellaneous payments made to an independent contractor or self-employed individuals for their work during the calendar year to the IRS.

For the 2021 tax year, the IRS has made some changes in Form 1099-MISC. The most notable change is Form 1099-MISC’s new name. The Form 1099-MISC title is now changed to Miscellaneous Information. Previously it was Miscellaneous Income and Also updated the changes in field level (on box 7 and box 11).

  • Box 7:

    Renamed as ”Payer made direct sales totaling $5,000 or more of consumer products to the recipient
    for resale”.

  • Box 11:

    Payers should report Fish Purchased for Resale in this box.

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2. What information should be filed on Form 1099-MISC?

Payers must furnish correct information on 1099-MISC. The following information must be provided:

1. Payer Details:

  • Payer's name
  • Street address, city or town, state or province, country, ZIP, or foreign postal code.
  • Contact number
  • Payer's TIN

2. Recipient Details:

  • Recipient's name
  • Recipient's TIN
  • Street address (including apt. no)
  • City or town, state or province, country, and ZIP or foreign postal code
  • Check box for FATCA filing requirement
  • Check box for 2nd Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

In Box 1 to Box 17, the payer reports various payments made and tax withheld from the contractor/recipient.

  • Box 1: Rents

    Report payment of $600 & above paid as rent.

  • Box 2: Royalties

    Report any payments over $10 made to an individual for royalties from oil, natural gas, mineral properties, or Intellectual properties (Copyrights and patents) during the tax year.

  • Box 3: Other income

    Report income paid as prizes, awards, or any payments made to a deceased employee's beneficiary.

  • Box 4: Federal income tax withheld

    Report backup withholding tax for payments to be made to a contractor. If a contractor furnishes an incorrect TIN, the payer is required to withhold a certain percentage of payment.

  • Box 5: Fishing boat proceeds

    Report payments made to fishing boat operators and crew members who are
    considered self-employed.

  • Box 6: Medical and health care payments

    Report payments made to physicians, medical and health insurance providers, and other healthcare service providers. This doesn't include payments made for prescription drugs.

  • Box 7: Payer made direct sales totaling $5,000 or more of consumer products to the recipient for resale

    Check this box if you sold a consumer product for a total value of $5000 or more for resale or buy-sell.

  • Box 8: Substitute payments in lieu of dividends or interest

    Report average substitute payments of $10 or more made in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest for a customer's securities loan. Substitute payments include interest accrued on securities.

  • Box 9: Crop insurance proceeds

    Report the crop proceeds of $600 or more paid to a farmer by an insurance company, unless the farmer informed the insurance companies that expenses have been capitalized under section 278, 263A or 447.

  • Box 10: Gross proceeds paid to an attorney

    Report the total amount of $600 or more paid to an attorney for legal services.

  • Box 11: Fish Purchased for Resale

    Report Payment for Fish Purchased for Resale in this box.

  • Box 12: Section 409A deferrals

    Report current year deferrals of a nonemployee under a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan if it is subject to section 409A and any earnings on current and prior year deferrals.

  • Box 13: Excess golden parachute payments

    Report excess golden parachute payments subject to a 20% excise tax.

  • Box 14: Nonqualified deferred compensation

    Report payments under an NQDC plan that do not meet the requirements of section 409A. Any payment reported in box 12 is currently taxable and is also included in this box.

  • Box 15 to Box 17

    Report state or local income tax withheld from the payments

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3. What is the deadline for reporting 1099 MISC?

The Form 1099-MISC reporting deadlines for the tax year 2021 are listed below.

Type of Filing Deadline
Paper filing 1099-MISC February 28, 2022
E-filing 1099-MISC March 31, 2022
Sending recipients of 1099-MISC January 31, 2022

Note: If you only report payments in box 8 or 10, the due date for sending COPY B to the recipient is February 15, 2022.

Learn more about the Form 1099-MISC deadline in detail.

4. What are the different copies of Form-1099 MISC that need to be submitted?

Every business owner/payer can use the TaxBandits portal to prepare, download or email
and e-filing 1099-MISC tax returns to the IRS and state agency if required.

There are the five essential copies of the 1099-MISC and each has its own purpose:

  • Copy A: Transmit electronically to the IRS. Don't print this copy.
  • Copy B: Send to the vendor/recipient (Payer can send either send postal mail or email)
  • Copy C: Payer retainable copy.
  • Copy 1: For state filing when required. Not all states require you to file a state copy separately from Copy A.
  • Copy 2: When required, the recipient can file with the state income tax returns.

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5. How to file Form 1099-MISC Electronically?

File your Form 1099-MISC electronically with the IRS, and the required state using TaxBandits, an IRS authorized e-file provider supporting e-filing for all 1099, W2, 94x, and ACA Forms. Simply follow the steps mentioned below to file your Form 1099-MISC electronically with the IRS:

  • Step 1: Create a free TaxBandits account or Login If you have one already
  • Step 2: Enter Form 1099 MISC Information
  • Step 3: Review Form Information
  • Step 4: E-file it with the IRS and State

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