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1099 Best Practices to Kickstart 2024


Form 1099-NEC Form

Form 1099 is a document in the U.S. tax system, that serves as a record of various types of income received by individuals, independent contractors, and/or businesses throughout the tax year. Form 1099 ensures accurate income reporting and plays a pivotal role in tax compliance by providing a comprehensive overview of non-employment income sources. 

 

Below are some deadlines to keep in mind for 2024:  

Form 

1099 Due Date to Recipients 

Filing to IRS By Mail 

E-Filing to IRS 


January 31, 2024 

January 31, 2024 

January 31, 2024 


January 31, 2024 

February 28, 2024 

March 31, 2024 


February 15, 2024 

February 28, 2024 

March 31, 2024 


The January 31st deadline for vendors and the IRS to receive a copy of Form 1099-NEC is fast approaching. Many organizations tend to perform a 1099 analysis after the tax year ends, meaning they have only a month to perform the 1099 analysis, gather correct information, and send it to the IRS.  

 

As a reminder, in late 2020, the IRS introduced the new Form 1099-NEC (Nonemployee Compensation) for reporting independent contractor income. Form 1099-NEC was designed specifically for payments to individuals, not on the payroll. It is for contract work that generally includes independent contractors, gig workers, or anyone self-employed who previously had their payments reported in Box 7 of Form 1099-MISC.  

 

All individuals who were paid more than $600 during the year for services they performed as a nonemployee (unless the individual is registered as a C or S Corp.) should receive a 1099-NEC and have one filed on their behalf. All others, such as individuals or LLCs who were paid at least $600 during the year in rent, legal settlements, or prize/award winnings are required to get a 1099-MISC and have it filed on their behalf.  

 

Attention to detail and completeness are crucial to avoid any letters from the IRS due to not reporting or incorrectly reporting social security numbers or tax identification numbers (TINs), While gathering information from 1099 vendors can be time-consuming, organizations are ultimately liable for any taxes that were supposed to be deducted and withheld.  

 

1099 planning is necessary to make the best use of your time and to prevent IRS penalties. 

 

What can organizations do to prevent errors in completing Form 1099? Here are six recommended steps to prepare for a better-managed 1099 experience:  

 

  • Determine whether the independent contractor is truly an independent contractor or an employee.  

  • Provide a contract to the independent contractor. In NYC, the Freelancers Act requires any services over $600 to be written in a contract with the responsibilities or deliverables outlined, the duration, when payment will be made, and how much they will be compensated.  

  • Gather correct business or personal information when sending out the contract to the independent contractor. Have the contractor complete a W-9 or a W-8BEN (for foreign contractors). If you decide to pay them without getting a W-9 or a W-8BEN, the organization may be responsible for withholding 24% of the payment, as per IRS section 3406(a).  

  • Sync the 1099 data to your accounting system. Work with your accounting team to have business information or personal information, including TIN, entered into the accounting system or system used to pay the independent contractors. This step will help the accountants with the year-end 1099 analysis by reducing the time spent reaching out to vendors or office personnel for W-9s or W-8BEN. Additionally, it will make the 1099 reporting flow more smoothly.  

  • Verify the mailing address, email, and phone number. Determine which independent contractor may need a scheduled call or email during the tax year. You can include an address verification with a payment or have the individual submit an invoice with the address, TIN, phone, and email.  

  • Utilize online software systems such as Tax1099.com, gusto.com, and efile4biz.com for a seamless automated process. 

 

Following the above steps will enable you and your team to have a better 1099 experience and minimize IRS letters and Department of Labor audits.  

 

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