When we talk about Form 1099 we are referring to a type of IRS tax form that is frequently used and comes in different versions. Each version is suitable for a specific type of payment or income that has been received by individuals from pretty much anyone, including financial institutions and organizations.
The IRS advises that these forms are applicable to various financial sources. These include the likes of rent payments, royalties, awards and prizes, payments related to healthcare, attorney payments, interest payments, benefits related to unemployment, creditor or debt canceled payment, insurance proceeds and investment returns.
We will now provide further details on each of the main types of Form 1099. Keep in mind that you, as an individual, do not need to complete these forms, they are sent directly to you at some point during the first month of the year.
The Form 1099-MISC.
This form is for miscellaneous income. It may relate to work as a freelancer, as an intern or as an independent contractor. Workers that receive regular or hourly salaries will have income reported on the W-2 forms. An individual who paid an independent contractor, on the other hand, will use the 1099-MISC to report the applicable wages. If you have been hired as an independent contractor during the tax year, ensure that the individual who hired you has your contact details and that all details are correct.
Th Form 1099-INT.
This is a form that your bank may send out to report money that has been earned in interest on a periodic basis. One example of this is a savings account where the bank would send out a 1099-INT to report interest that the account accrued during the tax year. Granted, this is likely a small amount, however, it is still taxable and must be entered when you complete your tax return for the year.
The Form 1099-DIV.
If you have investments that earned dividends (great news for you!) the brokerage caring for the dividends should provide you with a 1099-DIV. These dividends will need to be included in your tax return. This income differs from that of the capital gain or loss from the sale of assets. These are reported separately.
The Form 1099-G.
“G” in this case stands for “government”‘. This form will be sent out to you by the government to report the money you have received in the form of benefits, state tax refunds are also included on this. For individuals who made a claim for a deduction from the state income tax on their federal income taxes for the last year, the refund must be reported on the 1099-G as income.
The Form 1099-R.
This form covers withdrawals from a retirement account, for example from an IRA. The 1099-R will be sent out to you by the brokerage who cared for your retirement account and will detail all withdrawals you made throughout the tax year. The 1099-R also includes money from pensions plans, profit-sharing plans, as well as an annuity.
The Form 1099-C.
In the event that you have had debt canceled within the tax year, the creditor will send you a 1099-C. In instances where you have come to a debt settlement, perhaps with your credit card company, you will receive a 1099-C from them which must be included in your tax return. Whilst having debt canceled is a good thing, the downside is that it may increase your taxable income by the same amount as the canceled debt.
All 1099 forms should have been sent to you by January 31, giving you ample time to complete your tax return on time. If you have concerns regarding a timely completion make sure that you get in contact with your employer or your bank at the start of the month.
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