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Where can I get a blank 1099-MISC form for free?

November 17th, 2013 No comments

There are lots of places where you can get blank, red-ink 1099 forms. I get my tax forms from my local library.  If they don’t have the forms on hand, just ask your librarian.  They can easily attain more and quickly.

Your local post office might have the red-ink forms on hand as well but I have never had success with my local post office.

You can order the forms are free by calling the IRS at 1-800-TAX-FORM or 1-800-829-3676.  The forms are free and shipping is free and you receive the forms within a few days. Don’t forget to order form 1096 which is the summary transmittal.

You can download the 1099-MISC form here

www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1099msc.pdf

But its important to remember that the online forms are for informational purposes only.  You can not use them to actually file a 1099 form.  The red-ink forms are scanned by the IRS.  Even if you could print the forms in a red-ink, the official forms use a special red-ink for scanning purposes.  The red-ink that your printer uses is not the same kind of red-ink that the IRS uses to create the 1099 forms.

 

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IRS 1099-MISC Form For Contract Workers

November 10th, 2013 No comments

Contract workers, or freelancers, are workers who are hired on a project-by-project basis.  The IRS 1099-MISC form is used by employers to document the earnings of contract workers.

More and more businesses are hiring contract workers because their costs are generally lower than W-2 employee costs.

This is because contract workers’ earnings do not require deductions of social security, income and state tax, unemployment, health insurance, or any other type of deferred compensation.  Contractors are required to calculate any tax deductions and pay any taxes owed to the IRS on their own.

At the end of the tax year, the 1099-MISC form is sent by employers to any contractors hired during the year, and it is also submitted to the IRS for income tracking purposes.

Some examples of workers that would receive a 1099 form at the end of the tax year include freelance writers, artists, contract IT specialists, temporary laborers, and more.

Form 1099-MISC is a 5 page form where Copy A is sent to the IRS, Copy B is given to the payee or recipient and Copy C is retained by the filer or payer.  Copy A has the look and feel of  a normal sheet of paper while the other copies are almost like tissue paper. The 5-pages are connected together by a perforated edge.

The IRS requires that Copy A be submitted on their special paper with red ink if you are submitting less than 250 filings a year.  Otherwise, the IRS encourages you to submit electronically. Filing Information Returns electronically is very cost-effective, is easier than filing on paper, and is more accurate. Filing status is available within 2 business days for Forms 1098, 1099 and W2-G and electronic filers receive a later due date for most returns. When you file electronically, you are exempt from using pre-printed forms.  You can just print the Copy B on plain paper with black ink, email a PDF file to all recipients, fax Copy B to the recipients or just print it out and hand it to the recipient.

The 1099-MISC form is the most popular form to report contract worker earnings.  The other variations of the 1099 form are used to show interest and other types of earnings.

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