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  • Nicole Dixon

Updated: Jun 18



When hiring a vendor or independent contractor, within the agreement package should be a completed W9. The W9 will be used to determine if a 1099 will need to be filed by the end of January. The information on the W9 will be used to file a 1099-NEC or 1099-MISC. The 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC filing deadline is January 31st. For the 2021 tax year, there were three different types of 1099s (1099-NEC, 1099-MISC, and 1099-K floating around that caused a bit of confusion on which to file. We will cover 1099-NEC, 1099-MISC, 1099K that impacts small businesses.

Difference Between 1099-NEC, 1099-MISC, 1099-K And Who Receives Them:

  • 1099-NEC

  • Issued to independent contractors, freelancers, side gigs paid more than $600 within the year. Examples:

  • Bookkeepers, accountants

  • Lawyers

  • IT, web designers, programmers

  • Online freelancers



  • 1099-MISC

  • Report payments of $10 or more made in the course of a trade or business in gross royalties or payments of $600 or more made in the course of a trade or business in rents or for other specified purposes (IRS.gov). Example:

  • Office Rent/Lease payments




Who Does Not Receive A 1099-NEC Or 1099-MISC

  • Incorporated businesses such as S Corporations and C Corporations do not receive a 1099-NEC or 1099-MISC.

  • Vendors and independent contractors paid through third party networks like credit cards, Square, and PayPal. They will receive a 1099-K (Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions) if paid over $600 within the year.

  • Foreign contractors that performed work outside of the US do not receive a 1099-NEC or 1099-MISC. It is best to have the foreign contractor complete a Form W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting. This certifies that the foreign contractor is not a U.S. taxpayer.